WFP is preparing to assist 20,000 flood-affected people, in Southern Bangladesh, with cash transfers following the effects of Cyclone Roanu. A senior woman in each of the 4,000 participating households will receive 4,000 taka per month over the next two months (totalling USD 100) to replenish food and other necessities lost. The funding is provided by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
The nutrition component of the country programme was awarded USD 281,955 by a Japanese private sector contribution for delivering quality nutrition programmes.
Under the Scaling Up Rice Fortification Initiative: one of the country’s largest garments producers has started making fortified rice available in one of their factories at a subsidized rate. A study will be conducted on the impact of the fortified rice on a random sample of 100 female workers. If successful, the distribution is expected to be expanded to 14,000 workers.
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.
Collaborations with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Solidarités International has enabled training of trainers (ToT) for the delivery of key behavioural change messages on migration and trafficking, disaster preparedness, and child marriage for people assisted by the Enhancing Food Security (EFS) project in Cox’s Bazar.
WFP is offering technical assistance and capacity strengthening support to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs in the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) and the Investment Component of VGD (ICVGD) programme. In ICVGD, the Government of Bangladesh has made funds available for cash grants for 6,000 women in six new upazilas (sub-districts), each woman is receiving BDT 15,000 (around USD 200). Fund transfer is ongoing and the women will start participating in entrepreneurship, income generating activities and life skills training after they have received their cash grant.