WFP Bhutan Country Brief, August 2021



WFP conducted a series of technical trainings, workshops and missions in August: National Logistics Preparedness Inception workshop, National School Feeding Supply Chain workshop, Training to Strengthen the Capacity of Milk Processing Units (MPU), PLUS (School Menu Optimizer) workshop in Trongsa and Zhemgang, and Agriculture Supply Chain Assessment mission to Trongsa and Punakha.

Operational Update

• WFP supported the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MOAF) in conducting the 1st National Logistics Preparedness Inception Workshop on 3-4 August 2021. It involved 16 government agencies identified as primary stakeholders with roles during emergency response situations. The workshop resulted in a stakeholder mapping and capacity needs definition based on current system readiness.
Participants also identified collectively area of support requirements.

• WFP supported the School Health & Nutrition Division (SHND) in conducting a national school feeding supply chain workshop in Punakha on 19-20 August 2021. The KOICA-funded workshop reviewed the implementation status of past recommendations and current updates, and conducted series of discussions on key performance indicators (KPIs), data, supply chain and process flowchart validation. The workshop involved 28 onsite and 169 online participants.

• WFP conducted an agriculture supply chain assessment mission to Trongsa and Punakha on 22-29 August 2021. The assessment identified current challenges and opportunities, both within the rural and peri-urban contexts, that are faced by farmers, value chain actors and schools in relation to farmers-market system linkage. This included challenges around the supply of perishable commodities for the national school feeding programme.

• WFP is working to strengthen the capacity of (sub) national disaster responses, enhance the preparedness of disaster response mechanism and improve inter-agency emergency preparedness planning capacity with a funding amount of USD 232,960 received from the Immediate Response Account for Special Preparedness Activity (IR-PREP) to further reinforce the country’s capacity to respond to disasters at any given time.