Budget Extension from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in South Asia with nearly 41 percent of its 27 million people undernourished. For the most vulnerable, food is scarce and few resources are available to rebuild or improve their livelihoods. Twenty-four percent of the population lives on less than US$1 a day – more than three million of them are children.
The devastating effects of food insecurity, poverty, conflict and now high food prices are taking their toll. Malnutrition rates in some communities are above emergency levels. In some areas, chronic malnutrition rates for children under 5 are 80 percent with acute malnutrition rates as high as 23 percent.
WFP food assistance provided under the Country Programme (CP) aims to improve the nutritional status of women and young children, and to encourage children to go to school so that they can break-out of the cycle of poverty and hunger. Fortified food distributed to these vulnerable populations during critical development periods helps create the nutritional foundation for children to grow into healthy, productive adults.
With a 2009 needs-based budget of just over US$11 million, WFP will provide 476,000 women and children in some of the most remote and food-deficit areas of the country with fortified food via maternal and child healthcare and school feeding programmes. In communities where girls’ enrolment rates are especially low, WFP will distribute take home oil rations to girls who attend school regularly.