DHAKA -- Six members from the Executive Board of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP http://www.wfp.org) will arrive on a six-day official visit to Bangladesh on Sunday. While in the country, the Board members will visit WFP field operations and meet with ultra poor and food-insecure families to see how food and cash assistance has helped in building their skills and assets.
The WFP Executive Board Members visiting Bangladesh are from France, India, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Denmark, and the Russian Federation. The delegation will be led by H. E. Bérengère Quincy, Permanent Representative of France at the United Nations in Rome.
“This visit by our Executive Board clearly shows its strong interest in WFP’s innovative activities in Bangladesh, which are being implemented in close collaboration with the Government,” said WFP Bangladesh Representative Christa Räder.
Members of the WFP Executive Board will meet with the Minister of Food and Disaster Management Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, the Minister of Primary and Mass Education Dr. Md. Afsraful Ameen, the State Minister of Women and Children Affairs Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, as well as with other partners and donors.
The delegation will visit North-West Bangladesh to meet people being assisted through WFP’s maternal and child nutrition activities, the school feeding programme, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities and the food security for the ultra-poor project, an innovative social safety net.
Over the past five years, WFP has supported the Government of Bangladesh in implementing maternal and child nutrition, school feeding, cash grant and asset creation projects; responding to small and large scale natural disasters (including Cyclone Sidr and Aila); implementing one of the world’s largest responses to the high food price crisis; and providing a model for other countries in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction activities.
The key focus of WFP in Bangladesh is on supporting the Government in its efforts to reduce undernutrition of vulnerable groups, strengthen resilience to disasters and climate change, and improve education outcomes for children. WFP is working with the Government to strengthen the Vulnerable Group Development programme, one of the largest safety net programmes in the country, and the expansion of the Government’s own school feeding programme.
WFP has been managing food assistance activities in Bangladesh since 1974. The upcoming Country Programme (2012-2016) aims to achieve sustainable improvements in long-term food security and nutrition for ultra-poor households through strategic interventions. The country programme will assist 4 million people over five years.