Over 7 million Colombians have been displaced by conflict
14% of the population is facing poor or borderline food consumption
Nearly 2 million Venezuelans have taken refugee in neighboring Colombia
While Colombia is on a path of peacebuilding and stabilization, violence caused by armed groups still affects thousands of Colombians every year. The country has also become the largest host for Venezuelan migrants fleeing dire living conditions at home.
While Colombia is classified as an upper middle income country, it ranks second in the region – and seventh in the world – for income inequality. Extreme poverty is still present, affecting disproportionately certain regions and types of population.
The decades-long conflict left hundreds of thousands of people dead, displaced 7.5 million and was characterized by widespread human rights violations and environmental damage. It has deeply permeated the country’s social, economic and political fabric, and its legacy will pose serious challenges for the implementation of the peace agreements and the achievement of development goals.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been present in Colombia since 1969. With recent, increased access to remote rural areas, the U.N. World Food Programme is now able to address hunger and malnutrition in these long-neglected communities. We support the Colombian government in the pursuit of its national goal of ending chronic malnutrition by 2025 using innovative tools like cash-based transfers and local purchases through farmers associations. These tools also work to prevent malnutrition in all its forms, including micronutrient deficiencies.
The U.N. World Food Programme’s activities in Colombia are concentrating on the most vulnerable populations, including victims of violence and marginalized communities. The goal is to rebuild and strengthen their livelihoods, ensuring they have adequate access at all times to nutritious and diversified diets.