Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Colombia

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USAID

November 9, 2017

Situation

  • The recent, historic peace accords between the government and the largest guerilla movement has greatly improved the country’s security and stability, as well as its prospects for achieving sustainable development for all its citizens.
  • Over five million people continue to be displaced by the conflict, however, and, of this number, approximately 80 percent are women and children. Low food production and few employment opportunities make it difficult for displaced families and the host communities that have sheltered them to access enough to nutritious food on a consistent basis.
  • As a result, more than 95 percent of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are food-insecure and almost 24 percent of displaced children suffer from chronic malnutrition, both rates that are twice the national average in Colombia.

Response

  • The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to target internally displaced Colombians who lack access to food and experience high levels of malnutrition. WFP provides US in-kind food aid 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.
  • In FY 2017, FFP-supported programs reached more than 100,000 individuals across the country, including approximately 24,000 children under five years of age and pregnant and lactating women.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $5.3 million 1,380 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $6.4 million 2,920 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $6.8 million 1,600 MT

Food Security Situation information provided by WFP and UNHCR

FY 2017 contribution based on funds obligated to date

* Metric tonnage does not reflect funding for vouchers or cash transfers.

Last updated: December 04, 2017

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