Ecuador + 1 more

WFP Ecuador Country Brief, July 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

US$ 437,268.54 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 0.62 m six months (August-January 2019) net funding requirements

19,735 people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP held a high-level meeting with the new Vice Minister of Human Mobility, Ambassador Santiago Chávez. The meeting was held to discuss the current challenges in providing assistance to vulnerable people on the move and reiterate WFP's commitment to support government priorities.

• Migration of Venezuelans is steadily increasing, with over 2,500 daily entrances through the land border checkpoints. Although it is estimated that only 22 percent arrive with the intention of staying in the country, the physical, psychological and economic conditions in which they arrive require urgent assistance for all. As the number of newly arrived migrants wishing to stay in Ecuador and applying for assistance is high, they need to wait up to three months for the assessment of their vulnerability.

• WFP conducted a joint assessment with the Provincial Government of Imbabura and the smallholder farmer associations to evaluate the annual performance of the market inclusion programme. Moreover, the operational plan for the next school year was reviewed and agreed between the parties.

• WFP continues transferring knowledge and strengthening government staff skills through trainings on topics such as food safety and nutrition, adequate food handling and preparation, promotion of healthy eating habits and emergency food security assessment.

• WFP presented the preliminary results of the research “Linking small-scale farmers to food assistance programmes” at the Annual Meeting of the Community of Practice held in Arequipa, Peru.

• WFP participated in the 4th plenary meeting of the International Cooperation Roundtable for Gender (MEGECI). A communication strategy was presented and the MEGECI web page will be launched in August.