The Government of Colombia is making advances on a number of issues that are central toresolving the civil conflict. In 2014 it was estimated that 5.9 million internally displaced people and 262,000 confined people still needed humanitarian assistance.
WFP’s presence in Colombia is the result of instability associated with the civil conflict and gaps in coverage of the Government’s assistance programmes; the Government has requested WFP’s continued support. Using a flexible strategy, WFP will prioritize internally displaced people and confined populations. Victims of violence, especially those injured by landmines or suffering from sexual and gender-based violence, will be supported through partners’ programmes. WFP’s recovery activities will target returnees, people in the process of resettlement or reintegration, ethnic groups affected by conflict and schoolchildren at risk of recruitment by armed groups.
This protracted relief and recovery operation will contribute to the Zero Hunger Challenge and the proposed sustainable development goals related to food security and nutrition, sustainable food production and consumption, and gender equality and empowerment. It also contributes to Strategic Objectives 1, 2 and 3 by: improving the food consumption and dietary diversity of internally displaced people, returnees and vulnerable people affected by conflict; and rebuilding the livelihoods of people affected by conflict, with a focus on resilience and the empowerment of women and marginalized groups.
WFP aims to complement Government programmes and support the development of efficient, sustainable and scalable food-assistance models. WFP will implement nutrition-sensitive responses using conditional electronic vouchers to promote food security, dietary diversity, local purchases, women’s empowerment, protection needs, local government priorities and partners’ capacities. Its purchasing power will be used to promote food production by smallholder farmers and to link it to the assistance programmes of WFP and the Government.
Protracted relief and recovery operation 200708 will reach 660,000 people over three years beginning in April 2015 at a total cost of USD 61.3 million.