This operation has been modified as per budget revision 10 (see below)
Consistent economic growth over the past decade despite frequent shocks has enabled Bangladesh to achieve notable improvements in poverty reduction, education and child mortality. High rates of child undernutrition, food insecurity and extreme poverty continue, however.
Bangladesh is unlikely to achieve its 2015 target of halving the proportion of people suffering from hunger: 60 million of the population of 150 million consume less than the minimum 2,122 kcal/person/day. Alarming levels of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies persist, with 14 percent of children under 5 suffering from acute undernutrition and 49 percent of children facing chronic undernutrition.
The goal of country programme 200243, which will assist 4 million people over five years, is to improve the long-term food security and nutrition of ultra-poor households. Its objectives are: reduce undernutrition among women and children under 5; increase children’s access to pre-primary and primary education; enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities and households to natural disasters and the effects of climate change; and enhance nationally owned safety-net programmes addressing hunger and household food insecurity.
The country programme supports the Government in the areas specified in the National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction II (2009–2011) and the Sixth Five-Year Plan (2011–2015). It also contributes to Millennium Development Goals 1-51 and Strategic Objectives 2, 4 and 5,2 and is aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2012–2016).
The country programme focuses on WFP’s involvement in service delivery and a more systematic contribution to the Government’s social safety net systems, with an eventual handing over of activities. Programme components are integrated to increase their impact, and partnerships are emphasized.
Budget revision 10 to Bangladesh Country Programme proposes an increase in the Direct Support Costs of the operation.