WFP in Bhutan focuses on developing the capacity of the agencies involved with the National School Feeding Programme to enable a successful transition to full national ownership and handover of the programme by the end of 2018.
Each year the number of children fed by WFP will decline as they get added to the national programme supported by the Government of Bhutan. WFP’s ongoing feeding activities help ensure the Government partners’ trust in WFP, which is key to the success of the capacity development efforts.
WFP has been present in Bhutan since 1974.
Summary of WFP assistance:
Through the school meals project, WFP aims to support the Royal Government of Bhutan in its policy of improving access to education by providing nutritious meals to school children, particularly those from rural and food insecure families. The project addresses the short term hunger faced by children living far from schools and reduces the financial burden on poor rural parents. WFP also assists in alleviating certain micronutrient deficiencies while contributing to an overall improvement of school enrolment rates and attendance. Particular attention is given to reducing gender disparity in education.
WFP assistance also focuses on capacity building of government counterparts as part of a transition phase to full government support. The project corresponds to Outcome 2 of Bhutan’s United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
In addition to food assistance, WFP helps to construct kitchens and food storage areas in rural, often remote, schools to increase the effectiveness of the school feeding programme.