El Salvador

Santos Ignacio Villareal and his family get ready to redeem their vouchers at a supermarket in San Francisco Gotera, Department of Morazan, El Salvador. Copyright: WFP/María Antonieta Franco

Food Vouchers Bring Relief to Salvadoran Families Slammed by Multiple Crises

Salvadoran families are still recovering from the impact of Coffee Rust –a fungus which reduces crop yields and quality—and the severe drought in 2014 that hit Central America. In late 2014, WFP in El Salvador began voucher distributions, assisting 11,500 families. In the past, food distributions were limited to rations of maize, beans and rice, but today the new vouchers allow families to choose the food they prefer to eat.

Overview

El Salvador is a middle-income country with 6.21 million inhabitants (52.3% women, 47.7% men) located in the Pacific coast of Central America. El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populated country of this region, with an average of 295 habitants per square kilometer.

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