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Report Highlights Most Food Insecure

KATHMANDU – A report released this week details how food insecurity and undernutrition are affecting the people of Nepal

The Small Area Estimation of Food Insecurity and Undernutrition in Nepal report, released by the Government of Nepal, provides insights into food poverty, stunting and low levels of calorie intake, with detailed analysis of Nepal’s latest population census, as well as national living standards and demographic and health surveys. Statistics are presented in maps that show different human development indicators at the ilaka and district level.

“Nepal is a developing country, where significant portions of the population still suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, which has an impact on their overall well-being and capacity to reach their full potential,” said Prof. Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel, Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission. “By knowing where the food insecure and malnourished are, I believe we can more effectively and efficiently meet their specific needs by targeting our prosperity enhancing and other development programmes, as well as our public health and nutrition interventions.”

The report was a joint effort between the National Planning Commission and Central Bureau of Statistics, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, UNICEF and Massey University, New Zealand.  

“This report is an important tool that will focus attention on those areas of Nepal that have yet to achieve the target for the Millennium Development Goals,” said Pippa Bradford, WFP Nepal Country Director.  “It will highlight where our efforts should be directed as we move forward with the new Sustainable Development Goals for Nepal.”

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Seetashma Thapa, WFP Nepal,, +977 9851177901
Ramjee Dahal, WFP Nepal,, +977 9851057843