WFP Ecuador Country Brief, December 2021 – Ecuador

In numbers

$2.8 million cash-based transfers made

$18 million net funding requirement for six months (January to June 2022), representing 48% of the total

$18 million L2 emergency response

90,810 people were cared for in December 2021.

operational updates

  • 82,388 migrants, refugees and people from the host community benefited from WFP food vouchers in December. Most migrants and refugees were Venezuelans (94 percent), followed by Colombians (5 percent). 10,576 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under the age of two from the most vulnerable households in 16 provinces received an additional cash transfer (CBT) during the December 1,000-day window to improve their nutrition.

  • 5,228 people, 71 percent from Venezuela, were cared for in emergency shelters and canteens.

  • 4,160 Venezuelan migrants on the run were supported by a one-time food voucher.

  • The Country Director, Matteo Perrone, participated in the joint Gender Transformative Approaches Program established with FAO and IFAD. The program aims to strengthen the capacities of smallholders and to promote market access, especially for women.

  • On December 2, WFP presented the second phase of the program “Food Relief for the Ecuadorian Population Affected by COVID-19” to be implemented in Carchi, Esmeraldas and Pichincha.

  • WFP provided education and communication on teenage pregnancy and healthy eating through the Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Program.

  • As part of the bi-national project “Building Climate Change Adaptability through Food Security and Nutrition Actions in Vulnerable Afro and Indigenous Communities in the Border Region of Colombia and Ecuador”, a new community (Santiaguillo) joined the program and began work on the Protection of water sources of ecosystem-based adaptation measures.

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