Over the past decade, hunger and poverty have significantly decreased in Peru thanks to sustained economic growth and investments in infrastructure, education, and public health. While chronic childhood malnutrition was cut in half, anemia and obesity remain prevalent. Almost one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line and deep pockets of hunger remain in rural areas of the country.
Despite these challenges, Peru is well positioned to become one of the first countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 of ending hunger and all forms of malnutrition.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been present in Peru since 1968.
The U.N. World Food Programme’s operations focus on nutrition education and supporting the government’s emergency preparedness and response capacity in food aid and logistics. To tackle persistent hunger and malnutrition, the U.N. World Food Programme also provides technical assistance to the government on nutrition and disaster risk management policies.
In Peru, Colombia and Ecuador, the U.N. World Food Programme is also providing emergency food assistance to Venezuelan migrants.