Ecuador + 2 more

WFP Ecuador Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

US$ 638,791 cash-based transfers made

US$ 3.83 m six months (October 2018-March 2019) net funding requirements

39,086 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• WFP’s provided attention to 22,950 vulnerable people on the move. As the Venezuelan migration crisis continues, the majority of people assisted are Venezuelans (76.6 percent), followed by Colombians (22.6 percent) and 0.8 percent of other nationalities.

• During September, WFP continued providing food assistance at migration checkpoints located at the northern border with Colombia. 4,732 commodity vouchers were distributed among vulnerable Venezuelans, prioritizing pregnant and lactating women and children. Distribution was coordinated with the Government and other UN agencies.

• WFP actively participated in various working groups promoted by the Government with representatives from public institutions and international organizations to discuss the most appropriate humanitarian response to address the continuous influx of Venezuelan migrants.

• More than 8,000 people participated on the 5 km Walk for an Inclusive City organized by the Social Inclusion Department of the Municipality of Quito. WFP actively supported this event aimed at creating awareness on the importance of a city without violence and discrimination.

• WFP’s Executive Director held a meeting with José Amores, Ecuadorian Chancellor, during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. This meeting further highlighted WFP’s commitment to support the Ecuadorian government policies on food safety and nutrition of the most vulnerable population.

• The Country Office has received technical assistance on corporate tools such as the Automated Disaster Analysis and Mapping (ADAM+) and WFP’s beneficiary identity and benefit management system (SCOPE).

• Since 1 April 2017, the Country Strategic Plan for Ecuador positions WFP as a strategic and public policy partner. WFP supports government efforts to achieve SDGs 2 and 17 through four outcomes. Each strategic outcome includes activities corresponding to government priorities and WFP’s experience and expertise.

• The five-year strategy envisages a decrease in WFP’s direct implementation of programmes and the progressive hand-over of activities to the Government.