Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Ecuador


December 17, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Ecuador
CIA World Factbook
  • Ecuador experiences high levels of food insecurity resulting from an unequal distribution of resources and an extremely vulnerable and impoverished population. Chronic malnutrition affects 25 percent of children under five and can often reach over 40 percent in some provinces.

  • Ecuador, which has the largest number of refugees and asylum seekers in Latin America, hosts approximately 54,800 Colombian refugees in need of international protection.

  • Ecuador is prone to natural disasters including floods, earthquakes, droughts, and volcanic eruptions. The effects of climate change are exacerbating these disasters and decreasing water availability as well as food security.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 13,900 food insecure Colombian refugees and Ecuadorian host community members in the northern provinces of Ecuador. 

  • FFP partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide refugee assistance, livelihood support, refugee integration, and nutritional and feeding programs. WFP provides targeted populations with food for work, food for assets, and food for training programs that encourage families to purchase diverse and nutritious foods. Food vouchers are allowing for more flexibility and efficiency in responding to refugee and host community food needs in Ecuador.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $2.2 million 702 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $1.5 million 552 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $1.0 million 560 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $1.6 million 1,230 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $0.8 million 820 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
TItle II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $2.2 million 702 MT

FY14 contribution based on funds obligated as of September 2014

Last updated: December 17, 2014

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