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26 Nov 2016 description


  • Above-average cereal harvest forecast in 2016

  • Cereal import requirements in 2016/17 marketing year forecast at average levels

  • Food insecurity conditions persist in most rural areas

Above-average cereal harvest forecast in 2016

25 Nov 2016 description


  • The School Sector Development Plan (SSDP), a comprehensive education plan, was formally adopted by the Ministry of Education. As a member of the Local Education Development Partner Group (LEDPG), WFP has been actively involved in the consultations and contributed to the development of the SSDP.

  • The first year activities under the Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment (RWEE) programme were successfully completed in Sarlahi, Sindhuli, and Rautahat.

WFP Assistance

25 Nov 2016 description


  • The Director, South Asia Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia, visited one of the schools to observe the school meals programme.
    Australia continues to be a major donor to the school feeding programme in Bhutan.

  • A cost-benefit analysis of school feeding in Bhutan has been initiated with support from MasterCard. Officials from Bangladesh also joined the team.

  • A management support consultant has recently joined the country office.

25 Nov 2016 description

New Delhi, 25 November 2016 – In a move to guarantee access to high-quality medical products that can protect, diagnose and treat illness and disease in the WHO South-East Asia Region Member countries today launched a path-breaking initiative that will enhance information sharing, collaboration and convergence of regulatory practices across the Region.

21 Nov 2016 description

The quest of the last 15 years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) taught us that Global Goals can motivate and help sustain leaps in human progress. It also taught us that the specifics matter. In some places, the MDGs became a widely-recognized, consistent and important driver of local progress; in others, the role and impact of the MDGs was more ambiguous. A lot depended on way the MDGs were implemented: if local change agents made them meaningful locally; if local leaders drew on their legitimacy and visibility; if they were employed to solve real-life problems etc.

05 Nov 2016 description

by Gordon Johnson, Resilience and Sustainability Team Leader, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub

In this blog series, UNDP experts share their perspectives in the lead-up to the next climate summit, COP22, taking place in November in Marrakech, Morocco.

03 Nov 2016 description


 The Secretary of Ministry of Education and Chief Programme Officer of the Gross National Happiness Commission (Planning Commission) participated in the Global Child Nutrition Forum in Armenia in September 2016.

 The experience of the School Feeding meeting among South Asian countries, held in Paro, Bhutan, in August 2016, was presented at the Global Child Nutrition Forum.

 Two MasterCard volunteers are in Bhutan supporting the country office and the Ministry of Education in a Cost Benefit Analysis of the school feeding programme.

27 Oct 2016 description

Overall, there are about 3 million refugees in the United States. These refugees are parents to nearly 1 million young children ages 10 and under, the vast majority of them born in the United States. At various times throughout their journey, refugees often face violence, physical danger, uncertainty that their basic needs will be met, and the daunting task of resettling in a new country. Children in refugee families may share the premigration and migration experiences of their parents, or if born after the parents are resettled, may be indirectly affected by the parents’ experiences.

17 Oct 2016 description


  • A digital literacy initiative in partnership with Open Learning Exchange Nepal was launched in Baitadi, raising the total number of districts covered by the One Laptop per Child programme.

  • WFP continues to prepare its latest Special Operation for Emergency Logistics Preparedness to be launched at the beginning of November 2016. The Special Operation will build on the successes of WFP’s logistics operation during the earthquake and emergency WFP Nepal preparedness measures.

WFP Assistance

13 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.

During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.

11 Oct 2016 description

Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.

08 Oct 2016 description
report IRIN

By Manny Maung

BELDANGI/NEPAL, 7 October 2016

The monsoon is in its last throes here on Nepal’s eastern frontier. As another deluge begins, Karna Rai takes shelter in a makeshift teashop in the Beldangi refugee camp where he has lived for the past 24 years after being driven out of Bhutan.

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28 Sep 2016 description


  • The Prime Minister of Bhutan graced the South Asia School Feeding Regional Meeting with his presence. The meeting brought together Government and WFP Officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
    Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that was held in Paro, Bhutan.

  • An “Outcome Statement” to jointly pursue work towards improving the national school feeding programmes in all participating countries was produced by the participants to the first South Asia Regional Meeting on School Feeding.

14 Sep 2016 description

Executive summary

Background to the project The aim of this paper is to start a conversation about how we can answer the question: What is a rights-based alternative to the current model of third country processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea?

The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.

09 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 9 September 2016 - In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.

08 Sep 2016 description

“If you want to action great ideas, you need to apply the strength of a Himalayan mountain.” - Bhutanese Proverb

A Change in Environment

08 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 8 September 2016 – One in seven people globally is a migrant, refugee or an internally displaced person. With countries across South-East Asia Region host to large migrant populations, WHO today called for focused attention to address their health needs.

07 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 7 September 2016 - The World Health Organization today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across South-East Asia Region, particularly women and girls.

01 Sep 2016 description


  • Bhutan experienced the worst recorded monsoon season this year. Floods and landslides have affected people, infrastructure, agricultural land and domestic assets. The school feeding programme, fortunately, was not affected.

  • Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the National Nutrition Taskforce Team is determined to develop a strategy, by the end of August 2016, to accelerate the improvement of nutrition in the country.

Operational Updates

22 Aug 2016 description

The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.