Although an upper middle-income country, Ecuador remains prone to natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, droughts and volcanic eruptions. Extreme weather changes exacerbate these disasters and adversely impact food security and water availability.
Ecuador also hosts a large number of refugees and asylum-seekers from neighboring countries. Of the estimated 60,000 refugees currently residing in Ecuador, the majority are Colombians in need of international protection.
The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food-insecure refugees and host community members with practical training on topics such as nutrition, income-generation strategies and gender-based violence prevention, and electronic vouchers that allow them to purchase local, nutritious foods.
In April 2016, an earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast. FFP immediately supported WFP’s emergency response by providing food vouchers to 20,000 earthquake-affected people in urgent need of emergency food assistance.