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WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, August 2016

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Highlights

  • Jointly organized with the Bangladesh Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, an earthquake simulation brought together key emergency response agencies, including government officials, NGOs and United Nations agencies in Sylhet on 30 August. The simulation exercise is designed to improve logistical readiness in order to reduce the impact of a future urban disaster.

  • WFP Bangladesh participated in the first South Asia School Feeding Meeting held in Bhutan from 16 to 19 August, aimed to facilitate knowledge management and implementation of capacity development on school feeding. A draft roadmap was formulated in a Dhaka stakeholder consultation on 23 and 24 August using the System Approach for Better Education Results (SABER) framework facilitated by the Regional Bureau.

Operational Updates

  • Following the effects of Cyclone Roanu, the first of two rounds of cash transfers was completed to 20,000 flood-affected people in Southern Bangladesh. A senior woman in each of the 4,000 participating households receives 4,000 taka per distribution round (totalling USD 100 over two rounds) to purchase food and replenish other necessities lost. The funding is provided by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

  • The WFP Bangladesh nutrition unit has been engaging with the formulation of the National Plan of Action for Nutrition, which is reaching finalisation. WFP led the work stream on nutrition-sensitive key action areas, with a special focus on social protection, ensuring this key action area is reflected in the multi-sectoral plan.

  • On 31 August 2016, the Honourable State Minister of Women and Children Affairs welcomed 6,000 women from six districts across the country into the Investment Component of the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme, as part of the Government’s efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.
    Starting in 2015, the programme will have provided fortified rice, business development, life skills and nutrition training and cash for investment to more than 21,000 women and their families by 2018.
    Including family members, nearly 100,000 people will benefit from the project.

  • A pioneer rice miller is ready to sell fortified rice under its own brand name “Good Health” in the local market.
    WFP has been providing necessary technical assistance to the company in establishing its first blending unit. Initially, the fortified rice is expected to be sold in various retail stores of Sirajganj district followed by expansion to Dhaka district. To mark the initiation of commercial sale, an inauguration ceremony was held on 9 August with participation of the District Commissioner, partners and WFP.

  • Under the Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition programme (EFSN) and the PRRO, the SCOPE platform was fully rolled out by August, enabling food and cash transfers and monitoring of utilisation in Cox’s Bazar.