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WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, January 2017

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  • The final round of distributions of cash assistance to people affected by flooding in northwest Bangladesh was successfully completed on 30 January.

  • A report commissioned by WFP, Impact Evaluation of the WFP Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change Programme, was launched on 22 January, exploring the impact of WFP programme on the people assisted. The full evaluation report can be found here.

  • WFP continues its food and nutrition assistance to the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, including new arrivals.

Operational Updates

  • WFP commissioned the Impact Evaluation of the WFP Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change Programme report, led by the external research team of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Development Research Initiative (DRI). The report was launched at an event in Dhaka on 22 January. The analysis is part of the Climate Adaptation Management and Innovation Initiative (C-ADAPT), which is funded by the Government of Sweden and aims to develop analysis to inform programming and decision-making related to climate-induced food insecurity.

A key takeaway from the report is that people assisted through WFP’s Enhancing Resilience programme – who received a package of work opportunities, training and cash grants – are less likely to sell assets, go into debt or resort to skipping meals when their lives are disrupted by the effects of climate change. The full evaluation report can be found here.

  • WFP’s current verified number of new arrivals in need of food assistance who live inside registered camps, makeshift sites and host community totals 47,400 people (9,500 households).

  • The malnutrition prevention programme for the makeshift sites has been able to absorb the additional needs of new arrivals from Myanmar, many of whom face a poor nutritional condition and are at risk of deterioration. Enrolment numbers are changing daily and there are frequent referrals for treatment. At the community level, nutrition screening and counselling are ongoing.

  • The third and final round of cash distributions for the UN Joint Programme’s assistance to flood-affected people in the northwest began on 22 January and was completed on 30 January, with 100% of the targeted 8,500 households reached.