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Since 2014, Venezuela has been immersed in a complex humanitarian crisis, characterised by socio-economic decline, instability and mass migration.

According to studies published by the United Nations, 1 in 3 people in the country are food insecure. The weakening of the state system has led to the disruption of many basic public services. Large sections of the population have insufficient access to water and electricity, in addition to shortages of fuel, medicines, medical care, protection and education services. Migration to other countries, estimated at over 4 million people, has caused families' separation as a result of the absence of partners or parents and the high exposure of women, children and adolescents to risks of abuse, trafficking and prostitution. Finally, the COVID-19 emergency has increased the challenges in a country already weakened by the crisis.

COOPI, which in the past had carried out punctual interventions in response to natural disasters in the country, decided in 2019 to activate a stable presence through support to local organisations and in coordination with the humanitarian network. The areas of intervention identified cover access to water and energy, food security and the protection of vulnerable groups.