The ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela continues to drive hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to neighboring Brazil, most of whom are in need of humanitarian assistance, including food, health care, protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support. The country also remains highly vulnerable to climatic shocks—such as flooding, forest fires, and heavy rainfall—which can adversely affect agricultural livelihoods, temporarily displace local populations, and compound food security concerns.
When disaster strikes, USAID typically works with non-governmental organizations to meet humanitarian needs and complement government relief efforts. USAID also supports non-governmental organizations to provide emergency food and nutrition support to tens of thousands of Venezuelans. Additionally, USAID funds a five-year program to bolster fire prevention and forest management capacities in Brazil, including in protected public lands across the Amazon River basin.