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Improving the Food Security, Nutrition Status and Livelihoods of Vulnerable Populations



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Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation 200032 (January 2010 - December 2012) focused on the improvement of food security, nutritional status and livelihoods of vulnerable populations. Between 2010 and 2012, WFP distributed 116,000 tons of food, 96 percent of which was purchased locally.


Livelihood programs are twofold: food for work activities provide unemployed, landless and able-bodies from the most vulnerable households, with food assistance and temporary employment, while building or repairing assets, which will benefit entire communities. Food for training assists vulnerable households in acquiring knowledge and skills in agriculture, health and nutrition, and literacy.
In 2012, WFP provided over 44,000 vulnerable people with food rations through food for work and 10,800 beneficiaries through food for training.
The School Meals component aims to increase both enrolment and attendance. In 2012, WFP provided family take-home rations of rice to 115,000 children as an incentive for their families to send them to school. In 2012, WFP also began providing a daily snack of High Energy Biscuits to help encourage schoolchildren to participate in school and increase learning potential. WFP reached over 7,400 schoolchildren with the fortified snacks in 2012.


WFP’s Nutrition program helps preventing malnutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children aged 6 to 35 months through blanket supplementary feeding. In Northern Rakhine where malnutrition is persistently high, children aged 6 to 59 months are targeted. In 2012 over 18,000 children received nutrition rations, as well as more than 5,300 women.
WFP also assisted 14,400 HIV/AIDS and TB patients on medication as well as their families.
WFP provides relief assistance to highly food-insecure people during the six-month annual lean season. In 2012, 260,000 highly food-insecure people (women, elderly people, orphans and handicapped people) received monthly rations to be able to cope during the most difficult period of the year, when food stocks are at their lowest level, and food insecurity is high.


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