How WFP Supported Dietary Diversity for Vulnerable Ecuadorians and Colombian Refugees: Nutrition-sensitive programming in a middle income country

Case Studies
Sectors:
Nutrition, Agriculture, Social Protection
Organization:
World Food Programme (WFP)
Author:
World Food Programme (WFP)
Regions:
Latin America & Caribbean
Publication Dates:
April, 2015
Content Formats:
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This is a case study of a nutrition-sensitive program in Ecuador that connects dietary diversity, food security, schools, and local small-holder production--including for Columbian refugees. The program grew out of country policy changes, including Government assumption of WFP's food procurement and logistics role as well as discontinuation of school lunch programs. In response, WFP leadership pivoted to address dietary diversity in the country, conducting a cost-analysis study that determined vouchers combined with nutrition trainings and SBCC could achieve changes in diet for vulnerable populations while simultaneously linking Small Farmer Associations with school meal supply of fruits and vegetables. See page 12 for key activities, lessons, and recommendations in a concise table.

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