WFP, together with UNICEF, is responding to significant monsoon flooding in the north-west of Bangladesh. Food Security, Nutrition and WASH assistance will be provided to 150,000 people following confirmation of funding from the United Kingdom. The joint response has been informed by a Multi-sector Rapid Needs Analysis undertaken in August. WFP will provide food assistance to 42,500 people in the four most affected districts with unconditional cash transfers for three months beginning in November.
The Government has formally endorsed the Emergency Preparedness programme, including the concept note for the establishment of a Humanitarian Staging Area proposed at the Dhaka international airport. An assessment will be undertaken in October to further define the costs and feasibility.
In response to the impact of Cyclone Roanu in May, 20,000 flood-affected people in Southern Bangladesh have received their second and final cash transfer. The senior woman in each of the 4,000 households received a total of 8,000 taka (USD 100) to purchase food and meet other needs. The funding was provided by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) following a joint needs assessment imitated by the Humanitarian Coordination Task Team (HCTT).
The WFP Bangladesh nutrition unit presented the best practices from the Behavioural Change Communication (BCC) approach under the Transfer Modality Research Initiative to the Global Nutrition BCC brainstorming meeting in Nairobi as one of the seven selected countries. The workshop aims for the formulation of a global strategy and guidelines on BCC. Based on the outcomes of this workshop, WFP will strengthen BCC integration into overall programming in Bangladesh.
Under the Scaling up of Fortified Rice in Bangladesh initiative the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs has agreed to expand the provision of fortified rice to the women participants in the Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme from January 2017, absorbing 13 upazilas currently supported by WFP, and totalling 49,000 households in 23 upazilas, while WFP will introduce fortified rice for a further 29,400 VGD households in 12 new upazilas.
A mission from Bangladesh visited The Republic of Korea, including participants from the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED), implementing agencies, community leaders, and WFP Country Office to take lessons from the successful ‘Saemaul Undong’ approach (new community movement) which reflects a cooperative, community led approach to addressing food insecurity in rural areas.