Sebastian, a WFP beneficiary explains to WFP's Carmen Guevara how the project has impacted his food security. Copyright: WFP/Gabriela Malo

WFP Staff In Ecuador And Colombia Share Experiences Of Assisting Refugees

Ecuador hosts the largest recognized refugee population in the region due to the large numbers of Colombians fleeing violence. WFP works with the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to provide food assistance to these people living along the border. Recently WFP staff working in Colombia met with WFP staff in Ecuador to exchange experiences on how to improve food and nutrition security to help displaced people and refugees rebuild their lives.

Overview

Colombia is the third most populous country in Latin America, with an estimated population of 47.1 million, 75 percent living in urban areas. Despite its middle-income country status, 23 million Colombians are poor and 6 million live below the extreme poverty line.

Colombia’s 50-year conflict hampers economic growth, threatens vital infrastructure, displaces populations, erodes social and cultural cohesion, and generates enormous fiscal costs. The humanitarian crisis facing Colombia after more than 40 years of conflict makes it one of the countries with the highest rates of internally displaced people (IDP) in the world.

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