Bhutan

WFP Bhutan Country Brief, June 2020

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As part of the COVID-19 response, WFP is assisting the Royal Government of Bhutan in the areas of food safety and quality management. WFP organized a capacity strengthening training session on food safety and quality management in partnership with the department of trade and the Confederation of Indian Industry, for major domestic wholesalers and enterprises who are currently procuring and storing a large quantity of food items in the country.

As part of the Government’s plan for the COVID19 response, WFP also agreed to support the Agriculture Stimulus Plan and has front-loaded assistance across the value chain, from demand creation for local food, production support, marketing, mitigating post-harvest losses, and through policy and inter-agency coordination support.

Operational Updates

  1. WFP supported a joint on-site assessment on food safety and quality aspects of traders’ storage locations in Thimphu in partnership with counterparts from the Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs. With insights from the on-site assessment, and discussions with government counterparts, WFP partnered with the Confederation of Indian Industry Food & Agriculture Centre of Excellence, and companies such as Cargill, Big Bazaar and Spencer’s, to develop a customized training on industry best practices on food safety and quality management during warehousing, transportation, distribution and retail. The training also covered the science behind safe storage of food commodities, storage structures and the basics of inventory management. The hybrid training session, involving live presentations and online sessions, were delivered to major wholesalers and enterprises inside the country currently dealing in food procurement.

  2. WFP is supporting the Agriculture Stimulus Plan across the whole value chain from demand creation for local food, production support, marketing, mitigating post-harvest losses, and through policy and inter-agency coordination support as well as assistance on enhanced costefficiency and knowledge management.As part of this assistance to the agriculture sector, WFP visited Gelephu, Zhemang, Trongsa and Samtse districts in early June and met with relevant officials and stakeholders to engage them on WFP’s plans to enhance agriculture production, and marketing, (including linking local farmers to schools, institutions and local market network).