Venezuela’s political and economic crisis has led to severe shortages of food, medicine, energy, water and other basic needs. In 2019, approximately 2.3 million people in Venezuela—8 percent of the population—experienced severe food insecurity.
Humanitarian actors warn that the COVID-19 pandemic and fuel shortages have exacerbated food insecurity in Venezuela and identify adolescents as the most vulnerable to malnutrition.
In the most vulnerable households where food is rationed, adolescents tend to receive smaller food portions. A report from 2018 found that school attendance tends to be higher among girls than boys in Venezuela, where families prioritize girls’ education because boys work at an earlier age to contribute to their family’s income.
These are a few of the challenges that Venezuelan adolescents face during a global pandemic and in the midst of the largest external displacement of people in the Western Hemisphere’s history.
Through the BetterTogether Challenge, USAID is supporting Venezuelans with two awards that relieve these pressures and provide access to critical support with the hope for a brighter future in their own country.
Focus Areas and Impact
|Agriculture, Agroforestry and Food Security|
|Gender Equality & Women’s Economic Empowerment|