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WFP is providing emergency food assistance for Venezuelans as they arrive in Ecuador.
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Key Developments

USAID is responding to a complex emergency as Venezuelans flee an economic and political crisis and arrive in neighboring countries including Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

The adverse economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic and the rising number of Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Ecuador have exacerbated food insecurity and generated additional humanitarian needs among vulnerable populations. As a result, an estimated two million Ecuadorians are facing severe acute food insecurity, many of whom adopt negative coping strategies—such as selling productive assets or reducing the number of meals eaten per day—to meet basic food needs.

The U.S. Government is providing multi-sector assistance, including emergency food assistance and support for the COVID-19 response, in Ecuador to help vulnerable Ecuadorians, as well as Venezuelan migrants and refugees.

Background

Since 2014, deteriorating economic and political conditions in Venezuela—marked by devastating hyperinflation, shortages of basic medicines, and limited food availability—have contributed to increasing humanitarian needs. The 2021 UN Humanitarian Response Plan identified food security, health, nutrition, and protection as urgent needs inside Venezuela. Severe food and medicine shortages have contributed to extensive outmigration and an influx of Venezuelans into other countries in the region, primarily to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, as well as smaller populations to Argentina, Mexico, Panama, and several Caribbean and Central American countries. The UN estimates that more than 5.6 million Venezuelans have left their country since 2014.

The population influx is straining the capacity of public services in some host communities, particularly in border areas of Brazil and Colombia. Recent assessments indicate food, health care services, nutrition assistance, protection, and WASH support are among the most urgent humanitarian needs of Venezuelans and host communities in border regions.

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Last updated: April 22, 2022

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