Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Ecuador

Map of Ecuador
Map of Ecuador
 
 
 

January 8, 2018

Situation

  • Although an upper middle-income country, Ecuador remains prone to natural disasters, including floods, earthquakes, droughts and volcanic eruptions. Extreme weather changes exacerbate these disasters and adversely impact food security and water availability. 
  • Ecuador also hosts a large number of refugees and asylum-seekers from neighboring countries. Of the estimated 60,000 refugees currently residing in Ecuador, the majority are Colombians in need of international protection. 

Response

  • The USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food-insecure refugees and host community members with practical training on topics such as nutrition, income-generation strategies and gender-based violence prevention, and electronic vouchers that allow them to purchase local, nutritious foods.
  • In April 2016, an earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast. FFP immediately supported WFP’s emergency response by providing food vouchers to 20,000 earthquake-affected people in urgent need of emergency food assistance. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $1.8 million --
Fiscal Year 2016 $2.6 million --
Fiscal Year 2015 $2.1 million --

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

Last updated: January 09, 2018

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