WFP Nepal Country Brief, August 2021

Situation Report
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In Numbers

2.8 million food-insecure people

1.84 million malnourished pregnant and lactating women

US$ 0.54 million six-month (Sep 2021 - Feb 2022) net funding requirements

Situational Updates

• Nepal continued to see a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases reported daily in August, with the total tally of cases (recovered and active) standing at 762,647 by the end of the month. The Government of Nepal further relaxed prohibitory orders across the country, with the reopening of movie halls, restaurants, and schools.

• Incessant monsoon rains continue to trigger flash floods and landslides in Nepal, with many rivers close to warning levels. Several localised floods have been reported throughout the country, affecting thousands of households.

Operational Updates

• Following the UN Food Systems pre-summit last month, the Government signed a declaration of support to join the Global School Meals Coalition, which has the goal of ensuring that by 2030, every child in the world can access a healthy school meal every day, so that they can grow, learn, and thrive. The Coalition will also move to mobilize strong political will and concrete actions to drive change at the local level, with government ownership being at the heart of its agenda.
Furthermore, the Coalition will also help to address the COVID-19 pandemic by driving actions that can urgently re-establish, improve and scale-up school meals programmes around the world.

• Under WFP’s Emergency Preparedness and Response project, a Practical Emergency Logistics Training (PELT) was successfully conducted at Birgunj Provincial Humanitarian Staging Area in August. A total of 20 personnel from the security forces, of which 30 percent were women, participated in the training.

• On 13 August, the flood forecast met the pre-defined readiness trigger at the Koshi River Basin for Anticipatory Action CERF, activating preparedness activities. Based on the trigger, WFP deployed field staff to support the ground preparations for potential anticipatory cash assistance activation in Province 1 and Province 2, both in the Koshi basin. Anticipatory Action is an innovative approach which systematically links early warnings to actions with a view to enabling relevant stakeholders and communities to take early actions and minimize the impact of floods, ultimately safeguarding lives and livelihoods.