GUAYAQUIL - This week a shipment from Rio Grande do Sul arrived at this port with 280 metric tons of rice donated by the Brazilian government to be distributed through the World Food Programme (WFP) to Colombian families seeking refuge in Ecuador.
This is the first food donation of the Government of Brazil to Ecuador through WFP. Brazil has become one of the Allies of World Food Programme to fight against hunger in the world. WFP Representative in Ecuador, Deborah Hines, said this is an example of the emerging South-South cooperation. She also highlighted Brazil's leadership in food security, both in research and delivery of food through WFP.
The transportation and distribution of this donation for refugee families is made possible by funds from the Government of the United States of America to WFP. Rice will also be delivered to Ecuadorian and Colombian students that receive school feeding in 68 schools in Carchi and Sucumbíos. This work is done in partnership with the provincial governments of Carchi and Sucumbíos and the Municipality of Montúfar.
The food rations that WFP delivers includes rice, oil, pulses and wheat flour. The rations will meet the nutritional needs of families of four members for one month. This donation from Brazil will allow the delivery of 35,000 units of 6 kilos of rice, as part of a monthly ration to assist around 3,000 newly arrived refugees and their families for a year. It will also allow to feed every month 4,880 students in schools with 1.4 kilos of rice per children.
The national Government and local governments in the northern border are working on the food and nutritional security of the Ecuadorian population that are hosting Colombian refugees. WFP joins these efforts through its Programme of Relief and Recovery Operation, the most recent of which began in July 2011 and will provide assistance to a total of 120,100 people in three years.
WFP thanked the Brazilian Embassy in Ecuador for facilitating the donation process.