Food Coalition

Inputs from HiHi-FAO Ecuador to the corporate umbrella programme for COVID-19 response

The COVID-19 pandemic has adverse impact in Ecuador, including fiscal restrictions, poverty of increases to 25% (17% urban and 41% rural) and over 600 000 job losses and informality. The projections indicate an estimated decline of 7-9% of the GDP in 2020, deepening both rural and urban poverty, with a forecast of 5.4 million people living in poverty and extreme poverty.

Although overall disruptions in the food supply chains have been, so far, moderated, the pandemic has aggravated market access, where lockdown and restriction measures led to the closure of markets and agricultural fairs in all cities. This situation directly affects farmers with consequences such as losses of produce, loss of income and even a decrease in productive capacity for the next season. The restriction measures have caused the limited farmers’ access to rural advisory services with potential implications on the productive capacity and production yields. There is also a reduction in availability of loans for agricultural activities increased pressure on the labor markets in rural areas, where only 20.6% of the active population has adequate employment.

Priority Areas of work: Other
SDG: 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10. Reduced Inequality, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Level: Country
Country: Ecuador
Budget: USD 350 000 to USD 500 000

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