The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a new five-year Country Programme designed to strengthen and support the Government of Bangladesh’s nutrition and social safety net efforts
DHAKA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a new five-year Country Programme designed to strengthen and support the Government of Bangladesh’s nutrition and social safety net efforts.
The programme, worth US$340 million, will assist four million food-insecure people from 2012 to 2016, and was approved at by WFP’s Executive Board in Rome last week.
The Country Programme is in line with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for Bangladesh and is intended to help the country achieve the Millenium Development Goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the reduction of child mortality and the improvement of maternal health.
“Bangladesh has made significant progress in reducing poverty, but nearly every second child under five remains chronically undernourished,” said WFP Bangladesh Representative Christa Räder. “Our new Country Programme therefore puts a strong focus on maternal and child nutrition. We also aim to complement Government work in formulating new integrated safety-net models that focus on food and nutrition security.”
The new Country Programme has four major components: reducing undernutrition among women and children under five; improving child access to pre-primary and primary education; building the resilience of vulnerable communities and households to natural disasters and the effects of climate change; and enhancing the government’s safety-net programmes that address hunger and household food insecurity.
WFP is the lead agency for the food security and nutrition pillar of the 2012-2016 UNDAF, and will work with various government ministries, other UN agencies, as well as local and international NGOs, on the Country Programme roll-out.
As part of the new programme, WFP is planning a new poverty mapping exercise based on the 2010 Household Income and Expenditure Survey and 2011 Census. The process will help identify more closely the pockets of extreme poverty and hunger in the country.