WFP Nepal Country Brief, July 2021

Situation Report
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In Numbers

2.8 million food-insecure people

1.84 million malnourished pregnant and lactating women

US$ 3.83 million, six-month (Aug 2021 - Jan 2022) net funding requirements

Situational Updates

• The Government of Nepal announced on 25 July an extension of the current prohibitory modality in the capital where businesses can operate till 7 pm. Restrictions remain on activities such as conferences and gathering at public spaces. Schools across the country have remained closed since 26 April.

• The number of cases as well as infected people admitted at the hospital has been increasing gradually in most parts of the country. The Ministry of Health and Population have released a notice to the public to continue taking COVID-19 precautions considering the rising cases.

Operational Updates

• On behalf of the National Logistics Cluster, WFP continued to receive and store nearly 200 mt of COVID19 related medical supplies for the Ministry of Health and Population at the Humanitarian Staging Areas (HSA) in both the capital and provinces. WFP also supported the Ministry in the transhipment of the China donated COVID-19 vaccine Vero Cell to the HSA in Kathmandu this month.

• The National Planning Commission (NPC) convened the Second National Food Systems Dialogue in July with technical support from UN agencies including WFP. As a focal agency, WFP coordinated with around 400 participants from the NPC, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development and other relevant government ministries, development partners including private sectors, academia, and civil society organizations. The Food Systems Summit Dialogues aims to facilitate talks on sustainable food systems to inform policy making at every level of government as well as in the development sector.

• WFP reached a further 60,000 students in July through take-home ration distributions under school feeding.
Monsoon rains continued to create hurdles in reaching the final 5,000 children due to roadblocks caused by rain-induced landslides.

• WFP’s Mother and Child Health and Nutrition programme (MCHN) continues in five districts of the Karnali Province. Furthermore, WFP is currently preparing to expand this programme in five districts of Provinces 1 and 2, targeting nearly 77,000 beneficiaries.

• The second market monitor for June/July was released. Overall, markets functioned well across most of Nepal in June 2021, with slight improvements in supply and transportation of goods compared to May