WFP Nepal Country Brief, September 2018

Situation Report
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In Numbers

4.6 m food insecure people

1.4 m pregnant and nursing women malnourished

US$ 0 m six months (October 2018-March 2019) net funding requirements

191,256 children received WFP school meals in September 2018

Operational Updates

  • Feedback from WFP’s Executive Board on the Nepal Country Strategic Plan 2019-2023 has been received. The next step is to finalising the CSP for approval by the Board in November.

  • In September, WFP and the Ministry of Education,
    Science and Technology organized a two-day workshop to establish a technical assistance framework, in order to define major areas of cooperation to improve and harmonize the expansion of the National School Meals Programme.

  • WFP initiated an Open Streetmap based pilot project on trail and infrastructure mapping in the Jumla district, in Province 6, which was implemented in five gaupalikas. Training, orientation and field data collection concluded in September.

  • Under the Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) programme, WFP distributed 77 metric tons of nutritious wheat soy blend to pregnant and lactating women and children aged 06-23 months across districts in the food insecure Karnali region.

  • WFP met with the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Industry, commerce and Supplies, the Ministry of Health and Population and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in September to finalise the joint Memorandum of Understanding on the rice fortification programme in Nepal.

  • An acceptability test and portion size study for the fortified rice has been initiated in the Bajura district.

  • The design of a 1,000 metric ton warehouse to be built in Nepalgunj is nearing completion under the Emergency Preparedness and Response project.

  • WFP sub-office in Nepalgunj is preparing to move their base to Surkhet. Operations will continue from the new location from October onwards.