The Minister for Economic and Social Inclusion, Lídice Larrea, appreciated the cooperation with the World Food Programme to support the most vulnerable people in the country and to help reduce undernutrition. The Minister also highlighted the importance of the coordinated work of the two institutions in response to the earthquake on 16 April, 2016.
Country Director, Kyung-Nan Park, met with the Ambassador of Korea in Ecuador, with the aim to plan a field visit to the programmes financed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency.
WFP signed a cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Economic and Social Inclusion in order to develop joint activities within the "Strategy for Accelerated Reduction of Chronic Child Malnutrition" by providing technical assistance for food security and nutrition (FSN); and to link FSN to social protection systems.
WFP, the Coordinating Ministry for Social Development, and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) hosted the “Nutritional Panorama” event, during which the study on “The Cost of the Double Burden of Malnutrition in Ecuador” was presented. The study confirms that malnutrition – including undernutrition and overweight / obesity – has significant and negative impacts on health, education and productivity, and, therefore has enormous economic consequences for individuals, communities and nations.
The WFP Country Director Kyung-Nan Park met with the Social Affairs Director of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), in order to endorse further cooperation.
In the framework of the Orange Day, WFP Ecuador held meetings with government partners to emphasize the importance of funding programs that prevent violence against women. WFP shared online courses on gender with partners.
On 24 May, Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno, officially assumed functions for a four-year term. Moreno conformed the ministerial cabinet, which will accompany him during his presidency, including both new appointees and members of the last Government.
With the designation of new authorities, WFP will have to establish or renew working relations for the implementation of agreements and goals signed for 2017.
The story of a Colombian refugee in Ecuador
“A Recipe Full of Quinoa and Love”: Lorena was a victim of the armed conflict in Colombia, and had to flee to Ecuador to protect her own life and the lives of her family members. After she arrived to Ecuador, Lorena decided to start a small business selling traditional Colombian dishes. She added quinoa to the food she sells and serves to her family. “I feed my clients well. They appreciate the taste, and they come back: my secret is the quinoa”, she adds. Her business has allowed her to cover her basic living costs.
Lorena is a participant of UNHCR’s “Graduation Model”, an initiative complemented by WFP to empower migrant families by helping them to capitalize on their skills. The goal is to assist in generating sustainable livelihoods for those in need through trainings in administration, financial management and food security.