Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Ecuador


November 30, 2016

Food Security Situation

Map of Ecuador
CIA World Factbook
  • 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) targets approximately 18,570 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 food assistance to vulnerable populations through food for work, food for assets, and food for training programs that encourage families to purchase diverse and nutritious foods. Electronic food vouchers are allowing for more flexibility and efficiency in responding to refugee and host community food needs in Ecuador. 

  • In April 2016, an earthquake struck Ecuador’s northern coast. FFP immediately supported WFP’s emergency response by partnering with them to provide food vouchers to 20,000 earthquake-affected people in urgent need of food assistance.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $2.6 million ----
Fiscal Year 2015 $2.1 million ----
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 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
TItle II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $2.6 million ----

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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