Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Colombia

December 17, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • Low food production, poverty and large-scale internal displacement as a result of conflict threaten food security throughout Colombia. 

  • The humanitarian crisis facing Colombia after more than 50 years of conflict makes it one of the countries with the highest levels of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. It is estimated that approximately 150,000 people are displaced each year. Many who are forced to flee their homes due to conflict do not register as IDPs because they are afraid of being stigmatized or threatened.

  • Despite continued efforts to pursue peace, ongoing internal conflict is causing additional displacement and limited access to markets and agricultural land, and consequently to food and other goods. 

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 38,400 food-insecure Colombians affected by violence nationwide.  

  • FFP partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) on a variety of projects including direct food distributions to IDPs, livelihood support through food for work and food for training, vulnerable group feeding and emergency school feeding. WFP projects target poverty-stricken, internally displaced Colombians who lack access to food and experience high levels of malnutrition. Interventions focus on the health and nutrition dimensions of food security to meet the population’s emergency food needs. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $5.8 million 3,820 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $6.2 million 3,340 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $5.3 million 3,730 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $15.4 million 14,406 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $9.1 million 8,260 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $5.8 million 3,820 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Food Security Situation information provided by WFP and UNHCR as of December 2014
FY 2014 contribution based on funds obligated as of September 2014

Last updated: December 17, 2014

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