10 Images from WFP's Fight Against Hunger in Ecuador

Active in Ecuador since 1964, WFP has proven expertise in supporting the livelihoods of the most vulnerable populations, managing emergencies, empowering women, protecting the environment and developing national and local systems and capacities in food assistance programmes. It has supported direct food interventions, including school feeding, assistance for production systems, reforestation and nutrition programmes.  WFP’s goal in Ecuador is to be an innovative partner, support government policies and priorities, contribute to food sovereignty, food and nutrition security of vulnerable people, and gender equality.

Young girl from Ecuador happily eatingWFP/Anne Karine Brodeur

Ecuador is a country of great social, cultural and geographical diversity. However, the persistence of poverty and malnutrition disproportionally affect young children, women and indigenous populations despite being classified as a “lower middle income country".

Young boys sitting in a line WFP/Tamara Montalvo

Ecuador is the 4th smallest country in Latin America with 15.49 million people. 81 percent of the Ecuadorian population has access to sanitation, with great differences among urban and rural areas.

Boy and girl drinking from their food bowlsWFP/AK Brodeur

The latest national survey reports that 23.2 percent of children under 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition. The Ecuadorian Government has set a national priority to eradicate malnutrition in children under 2 by 2017.

Young girl cuddling with a babyWFP/Dave Harbour

Ecuador continues to be affected by the negative spillover effects of the prolonged armed conflict in Colombia, putting pressure on social services, programs and cohesion.  In 2011, Ecuador hosted the seventh largest number of refugees in the world and the largest in Latin America.

Women walking through waist-deep water

WFP/Maria Gabriela Flores

Ecuador is especially prone to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, droughts and volcanic eruptions. The effects of climate change are making their mark, with the retreat of glaciers and the decrease in water availability and food and nutrition security.

Woman smiling with her electronic card

WFP/Sebastien Paque

Increasingly, WFP assistance in Ecuador is provided through electronic cards that give programme participants access to nutritious, locally produced produce and products in pre-selected sales points. Purchases made with WFP cards are contingent on attendance of monthly nutrition education trainings

Two young girls sitting with their backs to the camera

WFP/Yolanda Villafañe

Six out of ten Ecuadorian women have suffered from gender violence. Violence threatens their capacity to feed themselves and their children properly.

woman working on a field


Rural women work an average 83 hours a week. That means 23 more work hours per week than rural men and 8 more than urban women.

women standing in lineWFP/Gabriela Malo

Gender empowerment and participation objectives in WFP Ecuador resulted in women accounting for 52 percent of programme participants and 56 percent of farmers in partnering small-holder associations.

young girl holding olive oilWFP/Gabriela Malo

Anaemia affects 62 percent of Ecuadorian children between 6 months and 1 year of age. WFP nutrition trainings promote breastfeeding, complementary feeding and aim at changing family eating habits to improve dietary diversity.

Find out more about WFP and the fight against hunger in Ecuador here.