Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Colombia

November 30, 2016

Food Security Situation

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  • Poverty, low food production and large-scale internal displacement due to ongoing conflict threaten food security among vulnerable populations 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. 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 thereby making it difficult to access assistance.

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

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets approximately 66,000 food-insecure Colombians affected by violence nationwide.  

  • FFP partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to assist poverty-stricken, internally displaced Colombians who lack access to food and experience high levels of malnutrition. WFP provides US in-kind food aid, local procurement, and food vouchers for a variety of emergency food assistance projects including direct food distributions to IDPs, livelihood support through food for work and food for training, vulnerable group feeding and emergency school feeding. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $6.4 million 2,920 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $6.8 million 1,600 MT
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 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $6.4 million 2,920 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Food Security Situation information provided by WFP and UNHCR
FY 2016 contribution based on funds obligated to date

Last updated: November 30, 2016

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