In a warm and festive open-air ceremony preceded by tree-planting activities with children, WFP and the Government of the Pichincha Province signed the start of the project in the Cayambe and Pedro Moncayo cantons. (Copyright: WFP/Gabriela Malo)
This project, which links Climate Change with food security, is financed by the Adaptation Fund, a first both for WFP and for Ecuador.
The Ministry of Environment, through the Secretariat for Climate Change, signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries and the World Food Programme (WFP) to implement the project "Strengthening the Resilience of Communities against the Adverse Effects of Climate Change with Emphasis on Food Security in the Province of Pichincha and the Jubones River Basin."
The project aims to increase resilience and reduce the effects of climate change on food security and sovereignty of Ecuador. Its implementation with be carried out in partnership with local governments and organizations, such as the Consortium of Jubones River Basin, which covers the provinces of Azuay, Loja and El Oro, and the Decentralized Autonomous Government of the Province of Pichincha. A grand total of 120 communities will participate in this project.
This is the first time that Ecuador gains access to resources of the Adaptation Fund, which total a non-refundable amount of USD 7.5 million. In the case of Ecuador, actions will be carried out through the World Food Programme (WFP) for the next five years.
The Adaptation Fund has been established by the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to finance concrete adaptation projects and programmes in developing countries that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol.