Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Colombia

Map of Colombia
Map of Colombia

July 11, 2017

Food Security Situation

  • Poverty, low food production and large-scale internal displacement due to years of conflict threaten food security among vulnerable populations throughout Colombia.
  • In Colombia, half a century of conflict between the government and guerilla movements has resulted in one of the highest levels of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the world. Over five million people remain displaced, approximately 80 percent of whom are women and children.
  • Despite a recent peace agreement between the government and the largest guerilla movement, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the impacts of the conflict continue to burden those who were forced to leave their homes to find safety, as well as the host communities that have sheltered them.
  • Due to few employment opportunities in displaced communities, households are unable to afford enough nutritious food for their children. As a result, almost 24 percent of displaced children suffer from chronic malnutrition, a rate that is twice the national average in Colombia.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets approximately 25,500 food-insecure Colombians affected by violence nationwide. FFP partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to target poverty-stricken, internally displaced Colombians who lack access to food and experience high levels of malnutrition. WFP provides US in-kind food aid, local procurement, and food vouchers for a variety of emergency food assistance projects, including direct food distributions to IDPs, livelihood support through food for work and food for training, vulnerable group feeding and emergency school feeding.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $5.5 million 1,380 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $6.4 million 2,920 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $6.8 million 1,600 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $5.8 million 3,820 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $6.2 million 3,340 MT

Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development ---- ----
Title II Emergency $2.2 million 1,380 MT
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $3.3 million ----

Food Security Situation information provided by WFP and UNHCR
FY 2017 contribution based on funds obligated to date