The WFP Country Programme platform was used to support the Karnali drought response by utilising the existing food pipeline to expand activities to include a blanket supplementary feeding programme to prevent acute malnutrition. The CERF funding has now concluded and food distributions are complete.
Resettlement is receiving greater prominence not only in light of US President Donald Trump's recent actions but in the context of the recent surge in numbers of refugees. In the 33 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world look at some of the modalities and challenges of resettlement in order to shed light on debates such as how - and how well - resettlement is managed, whether it is a good use of the funds and energy it uses, and whether it is a good solution for refugees.
From 6 – 8 December, WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), held a three-day Simulation Exercise on emergency preparedness, response, and capacity building at the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA). The exercise saw more than 150 participants attend, from the Government, armed forces, and civil society.
Experts meet in Delhi to discuss how South Asian countries could adopt the new drought monitoring system to better prepare and mitigate drought risks
KATHMANDU – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been compelled to reduce the amount of food provided to less vulnerable Bhutanese refugees starting in January 2017 due to a severe lack of funding. At present, there are around 11,000 refugees from Bhutan who depend on humanitarian assistance.
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.
A devastating earthquake struck central Nepal in April 2015, killing over 9 000 people and flattening entire villages. To date, the European Commission has released €16.4 million of humanitarian funding to help address the most urgent needs: emergency shelter, emergency healthcare, water and sanitation, livelihood support, and logistics.
A milestone in the transition to full government management of the School Feeding Programme was achieved with the Ministry of Education taking complete control of the annual workshops held for focal teachers managing the school feeding at their respective schools.
WFP, as a member of the UN One Programme Education Sub-Group, finalised the joint Annual Work Plan for 2017, which will be presented to the Country Programme Board for approval.
As a member of the UN One Programme Education SubGroup, WFP participated in the review of the 2016 Joint Annual Workplan and prepared the 2017 Joint Annual Workplan with counterparts from the Ministries of Education and Agriculture and Forests.
The Country Office has initiated the procurement of fortified rice to be introduced in the 2017 academic year to assist 17,000 school children.
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With support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Least Developed Country Fund (LDCF), the government of Bhutan is now working to reduce climate change vulnerabilities and sustain community livelihoods and forests.
Initially, the project plans to open up access to green resource windows, “To deliver results beyond the climate and environment realm”, said Ms. Niamh Collier-Smith, the UNDP Resident Representative a.i.
- The Special Operation for the Augmentation of National and District Level Emergency Logistics Preparedness in Nepal was approved on 10 November 2016. The project builds on preparedness work undertaken by WFP and the Government of Nepal in 2013 – 2015, applying the lessons learned from the 2014 flood and 2015 earthquakes.
- At present, WFP is mobilizing resources in order to carry out the project activities. In total, WFP requires USD 7.2 million for the duration of the project.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
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
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.
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.
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.