Cotopaxi Provincial authority César Umaginga and Deborah Hines, WFP Representative in Ecuador, signed the agreement leading to joint work in support of food and nutrition security in the Cotopaxi province in Ecuador
LATACUNGA- The World Food Programme will help strengthen capacities of the Government of Cotopaxi in its work for the food and nutrition security of the population of this Andean province in Ecuador.
WFP and the provincial Government of Cotopaxi signed an agreement to implement a project that will support local capabilities to implement innovative nutrition. It aims to improve the dietary diversity of families and to link small holder farmers to markets as a way of improving their incomes. This project will help fight anaemia and diversify family diets among vulnerable groups, especially children and pregnant and lactating women.
“In Ecuador, around 70% of the indigenous population lives in poverty. This puts children under 5 at high risk of malnutrition. In Cotopaxi, anaemia for this age groups can be as high as 75 percent,” said Deborah Hines, WFP Representative in Ecuador. It is for these reasons that “WFP is very interested in bringing assistance to Cotopaxi, a province with a high percentage of indigenous and women farmers. Together we can improve their living conditions”, she said, as she complimented the head of the provincial Government, César Umaginga, on his decision to undertake these effortss.
Governor Umaginga declared that “the Cotopaxi Provincial Government, within its vision for the future, seeks to strengthen economic development, foster sustainable agricultural production and prioritize food and nutrition security. This agreement represents the beginning of a new cooperation that responds to provincial priorities, reflects the people’s demands and assists the most vulnerable sectors, on the way to rural development”.
WFP works with the national and local governments in initiatives related to food and nutrition security, nutrition education, assistance to vulnerable groups with emphasis on women, adaptation to climate change and emergency preparedness and response.