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4 August 2009

At the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) country director Richard Ragan says it is still too early to say how the monsoon rains will affect crop production. It is not just when the monsoon starts, but where and how much rain Nepal receives during the period that affects crop production, he says.


28 July 2009

Under WFP’s food-for-training programme, more than 1,300 Koshi flood victims will receive job skills in carpentry, plumbing, electric wiring, masonry and tailoring. “After this round of training, people will have the expertise to start their own businesses,” said Richard Ragan, WFP Country Director in Nepal.


28 July 2009

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ha said that the first batch of Koshi flood victims have completed vocational training course aimed at providing new careers to those who lost their livelihoods after the Koshi River broke through its embankment last year.

Under its food-for-training programme, more than 1,300 Koshi flood victims will receive job skills in areas such as carpentry, plumbing, electric wiring, masonry and tailoring, a statement by the agency said.


5 July 2009

There are fears the delay could prove devastating for this year's rice crop, and experts say the increasing unpredictability of the weather is causing huge problems for farmers in one of the world's poorest countries. (..) Three years after Nepal's decade-long civil war came to an end, the World Food Programme (WFP) says many people are still living in near-crisis conditions, with 41 percent of the population undernourished. Almost one in four Nepalese people live on less than a dollar a day, and around 2.7 million depend on WFP food aid. "There are 16 districts that are highly or severely food insecure as a result of the drought and underlying factors like high food prices and poverty," WFP country director for Nepal Richard Ragan told AFP.


28 June 2009

Nepal's statistics showed that in the past six months only 12 days were free of any kind of strike, local media reported Sunday. (..) According to the daily, the increasing culture of bandhs is severely affecting the poor's ability to feed themselves, forcing many to skip meals and scavenge for food or borrow money and sell off assets to survive, the United Nations World Food Program said in a bulletin.


24 June 2009

Strike action in Nepal is severely affecting the poor's ability to feed themselves, forcing many to skip meals and scavenge for food or borrow money and sell off assets to survive, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) said on Wednesday. (..) Richard Ragan, head of WFP in Nepal, said the strikes - which are often politically motivated - meant that roads were blocked, food was not being transported and people were not able to work, losing essential income and unable to buy provisions. "The immediate impact of the bandhs is on the poor people in the country," Ragan told AlertNet by telephone.


19 June 2009

A World Food Program project to build a road opened new horizons for one construction worker turned entrepreneur (..) Jit Bahadur Pun helped pave the way to his own success. (..) "Without the WFP road project here, I would have never done so well," he said. "It has completely reshaped my life, and helped rebuild the lives of others".


18 June 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) has said that ongoing strikes called by several groups in the Tarai have caused problems in delivery of food meant for Koshi flood victims. (..) “In observation of basic international humanitarian principles, I urge all protesting groups to allow safe and unhindered passage of WFP humanitarian relief convoys so that vital food assistance can reach Koshi flood victims in a timely manner,” Richard Ragan, WFP-Nepal´s country representative, said in the statement.


28 May 2009

UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have said that they will be increasing their assistance to respond to the deteriorating food crisis. Both the UN agencies on Wednesday issued a joint press statement to made public their pledges. WFP has said that it plans to increase the number of people it is assisting in the most food insecure areas of Nepal from 1.5 million to 2.2 million.


19 May 2009

At a place where people have to sweat for two days to earn enough for two kg of rice, life can only be described in terms of constant and bitter struggle for survival. Millions of people in Nepal are finding it difficult to cope with the excessively high food prices. (..) Add to this situation the three years of failed crops, and it becomes clear why the World Food Programme (WFP) is now feeding around 75% of Mugu district’s 44,000 people through a food-for-work scheme.