WFP Nepal Country Brief, September 2019

from World Food Programme
Published on 30 Sep 2019 View Original

In Numbers

4.6 million food-insecure people

1.4 million malnourished pregnant and lactating women

US$ 4.07 million, six-month (Oct 2019-Mar 2020) net funding requirements

164,051 children received WFP school meals in September 2019.

Operational Updates

• WFP has completed the first round of distributions for its Prevention of Acute Malnutrition programme in response to the recent flooding. WFP assisted 34,000 pregnant and lactating women, and children aged 6-59 months in five flood-affected districts: Rautahat,
Sarlahi, Mahottari, Siraha and Saptari.

• WFP and the Ministry of Health and Population signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The MoU is the first step in making WFP’s plans for a Mother and Child Health and Nutrition programme operational, which aims to improve nutrition in the Karnali Region for the remaining duration of the Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023).

• The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has officially endorsed the school meals guideline: School Meal Standard and Programme Facilitation Manual for Community Schools, 2076, which was developed with technical assistance from WFP. The endorsement comes after nine months of reviews, follow ups and consultations with various stakeholders.

• Under Strategic Outcome 4, WFP conducted five training sessions on emergency logistics including operational, practical and strategic perspectives, food storage management and quality control. There were 158 participants in the trainings (of which nine percent were female) from the Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal Food Corporation and other stakeholders.

• Having signed the MoU for rice fortification in Nepal in August 2019, WFP is preparing an orientation programme for key stakeholders in Karnali Province. This is scheduled for October.

• WFP facilitated food security information management workshops in the two provinces, 6 and 7, with the highest levels of chronic food insecurity in the country, setting the groundwork for how provinces will leverage food security data to ensure the implementation of the Right to Food Act.