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29 September 2014

The Government of Colombia, through the Department of Social Protection, requested WFP’s support to distribute food to some 4,300 people – mostly indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities—in the Alto Baudó Municipality in the Department of Chocó. Clashes among illegal groups in the area have forced the displacement of people and restricted their movement, affecting food security and livelihoods. WFP made a first distribution in 21 communities.

Droughts, Nutrition
27 August 2014

The prolonged drought in the Department of La Guajira in recent years has exacerbated the levels of undernutrition within the population, including children under 5 years of age. La Guajira is currently on alert due to the prevalent effects of food scarcity, lack of water and livelihoods insecurity. The World Food Programme (WFP) offers its support to the Government of Colombia.


15 August 2014

Panamanian national, Leica Cousins, has been working in the humanitarian sector for more than 10 years, the majority of which have been with WFP at the Regional Bureau in Panama City, Panama.

Nutrition
29 July 2014

CARTAGENA -On July 14th, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Bolivar launched the Sprinkles for Life project, which consists of implementing a home fortification strategy which uses micronutrients powders to serve 71,000 children from the ages of 2 to 5 in 45 different municipalities in the Department of Bolivar, over 11 months.


16 July 2014

There is often the misconception that hunger and malnutrition refer to the same condition. While the two often go hand-in-hand there are significant differences. With the assistance of The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) we are hoping to break this common misconception. Read on for 11 myth busting facts about malnutrition and examples of how WFP is tackling it in Latin America.

Cash and Vouchers, Capacity Development, Climate Change, National Capacity, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Gender, Nutrition
9 June 2014

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.


9 June 2014

Working in a country like Colombia can be challenging. There is a strong government but in some places internal conflict  persists. So, operating in remote areas where illegal armed groups are active is dangerous. But, as a neutral humanitarian organization, WFP is often able to deliver assistance in places where it might be very difficult for the government to operate.

Cash and Vouchers
21 February 2014

In the first week of February 2014, WFP launched massive voucher redemption events in 4 municipalities in Colombia. This photo gallery records the events in Monteria (Cordoba), involving recently displaced Embera-Katío indigenous families, and in Puerto Asis (Putumayo), where more than 300 families benefitted from this voucher programme.

 

Nutrition
5 February 2014

PANAMA CITY –The World Food Programme (WFP) has appointed Miguel Barreto, a Peruvian national, as its new Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. His duty will be to  oversee WFP operations  across the region.

 

Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Food for Assets, Nutrition
5 February 2014

Enolfa Jiménez has encountered and faced adversity throughout her life, but has overcome. To consider having been displaced from her community 15 years ago, she has kept her dreams of success and always gives her best. That was how she became founder of “la Asociación de Familias Emprendedoras” (Association of Entrepreneurial families, ASOFEM). Enolfa spoke to us of her experience and of the key role played by the World Food Programme in her community.