Publications
WFP Publication, Cash and Vouchers, Crop Production, Capacity Building, Climate Change, National Capacity, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Nutrition
7 May 2015

The Ecuador 2014 Annual Report focuses on the impact of WFP’s assistance in people’s lives.  Farmers, storekeepers and participants in WFP projects describe their experiences with WFP in their own words. 

WFP works in Ecuador in support of the Government's priorities to:

• Diversify diets to improve nutrition
• Provide opportunities for and strengthen small farmer associations
• Empower women so that they play a stronger role in their homes and communities
• Strengthen capacities at all levels: people, communities, and institutions.

Refugees and IDPs, General Food Distribution, Nutrition
29 October 2014
The evaluation covers the Ecuador PRRO 200275 operation​ "Assistance to Refugees and Persons Affected by the Conflict in Colombia" (2011-2014). It was intended for both accountability and learning and focuses on assessing: i) the appropriateness and coherence of the operation; ii) its results; and iii) the factors explaining the results.
 
The evaluation assessed the following activities: nutritional support to asylum seekers and Colombian refugees; support to refugees and local communities to improve food security, with a special focus on women and most conflict-affected households; general food distribution and food vouchers; food for work activities; infant and young children feeding and school feeding.
 
The evaluation, which makes a number of recommendations for the future, was managed and conducted by a consultancy firm, with fieldwork taking place in February 2015.​
Cash and Vouchers, Capacity Building, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Gender, Nutrition
22 July 2014

In 2011, the World Food Programme (WFP) implemented the “Food, Cash, and Voucher Program” in Ecuador to improve food security and also to determine which modality of food assistance was the most cost effective, for the local context, cash, vouchers, or food rations. To promote the role of women in household decision-making on food consumption and nutrition, the program prioritized women in the targeting of the transfers.

Studies in Latin America reveal that cash transfers directed at women can have an impact on intra-household dynamics, reducing physical and psychological violence, but may also increase instances of threats and verbal abuse.  However, economic models and empirical studies have not come to a clear conclusion on the linkages between women’s income and intimate partner violence (IPV). Given the program’s focus on women’s empowerment and existing evidence on the impact of cash transfers on IPV, IFPRI and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine conducted a study on the impact of transfers on intra-household relationships during the WFP program, with a focus on IPV.

Among the conclusions, the study states the high prevalence of IPV in the sample. Participation in the program decreased different types of IPV, including controlling behavior, moderate physical violence, and severe physical or sexual violence by 38 to 43 percent, regardless of transfer modality (cash, vouchers, or food).

The transfers appeared to improve women's capacity to make decisions about food consumption and household nutrition, which in turn affected women's self-perception as heads of their households. Finally, framing the transfers as a program to improve nutrition might have reduced the possibility of violent reactions by men to increases in women's empowerment.

WFP Publication, P4P Stories from the field, Cash and Vouchers, Crop Production, Food Consumption, Market Analysis, Capacity Building, Monitoring, Climate Change, National Capacity, Qualitative Analysis, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Gender, Nutrition, School Meals
24 April 2014

WFP’s role in Ecuador includes strengthening capacities and becoming a learning office. As generating evidence and informing public policy is a stated priority of the Government of Ecuador, and a recognized role for the international cooperation, WFP works with local governments to understand the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition and the capacities that exist to address the main determinants of malnutrition.
Recent efforts in knowledge generation include:
• On-the-job learning to allow for innovation and understanding of what works in different contexts;
• Exchanging of experiences with partners and beneficiaries to identify how WFP can improve activities on an ongoing basis; and
• Learning from rigorous studies and impact evaluations, conducted jointly with respected research institutions.

The 2013 Ecuador Annual Report highlights lessons and learning, but also results as WFP works with the Government of Ecuador to make malnutrition a visible issue at the top of public policy agendas.

Refugees and IDPs, Food Security Analysis
31 March 2014

La Misión de evaluación JAM cubre la operación en las provincias de Frontera Norte Esmeraldas, Carchi, Sucumbios y también las actividades en la provincia de Imbabura y Pichincha.
La misión utilizó información primaria y secundaria, así como herramientas de evaluación cualitativa. La información primaria fue obtenida principalmente por reuniones con personal clave de los equipos de campo de ambas Agencias, equipos clave de socios de implementación como HIAS y Fundación Tarabita y equipos de autoridades como Dirección de Refugio del Viceministerio de Movilidad Humana y varios Gobiernos locales; también se utilizaron varios grupos focales de discusión con población de interés (población colombina y población ecuatoriana).

Crop Production, National Capacity, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Food for Assets, Gender, Nutrition, School Meals
27 March 2014

WFP works with local governments to introduce innovative solutions to promote the food and nutrition security and integration of the over 1,000 new asylum-seekers  that enter Ecuador each month, and of vulnerable Ecuadorian families from the host communities.

Cash and Vouchers, Emergency Assessments, Food Consumption, Capacity Building, Monitoring, Climate Change, National Capacity, Qualitative Analysis, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Floods, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Food Security Analysis, Gender, Nutrition, School Meals
22 May 2013

Ecuador WFP Ecuador’s 2012 Annual Report documents a compilation of best practices in learning, innovation, and improved tools to reach the most vulnerable and improve their food and nutrition security. With the aim of being the partner of choice that builds the resilience of poor communities in the face of natural disasters, climate change, and food and nutrition insecurity, WFP in Ecuador has worked with the national and local governments to foster innovation, improve tools and take proven solutions to scale.

Cash and Vouchers, Capacity Building, Monitoring, Climate Change, National Capacity, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Urban Food Insecurity, Nutrition, School Meals
24 August 2012

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.  The Strategy for 2012-2016 outlines an approach with national and local governments, communities and all the sectors involved in food and nutrition security. Representatives of 15 government agencies participated in developing the Strategy, in line with the priorities of the Government’s National Development Plan and the 2008 Constitution.

Cash and Vouchers, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Nutrition, School Meals
24 August 2012

To diffuse tensions between refugees and Ecuadorian communities and promote integration in both urban and rural areas, WFP supports the food and nutrition security of refugees and Ecuadorians, in alignment with government priorities, with a special focus on women. The operation is planned for three years. WFP aims to assist annually 45,015 beneficiaries at a yearly cost of US$ 3.5 million.

Capacity Building, Climate Change, National Capacity, Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs, Focus on Women, Gender, Nutrition
31 May 2012

In Ecuador, WFP supports national efforts to promote food and nutrition security, and the government’s food sovereignty priorities. WFP prioritizes participatory collaboration with governments, communities, the private sector and others who share the aim to improve food and nutrition security for all.
The Government of Ecuador endorsed WFP’s strategy for 2012–2016, supporting a collaborative process involving representatives of 15 ministries. The strategy was developed to closely align WFP efforts in support of the priorities outlined in the government’s National Development Plan, the 2008 Constitution, the working framework of the United Nations (UNDAF), and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).