The Government of Nepal, through the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD), has generously provided US$35.8 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to continue its fight against hunger and undernutrition. The aim is to strengthen rural livelihoods for approximately 490,000 Nepalese in districts where people struggle to get enough food to live a healthy life.
KATHMANDU – The Government of Nepal, through the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD), has generously provided US$35.8 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to continue its fight against hunger and undernutrition. The aim is to strengthen rural livelihoods for approximately 490,000 Nepalese in districts where people struggle to get enough food to live a healthy life.
The funds will be used in up to 26 moderately to severely food insecure districts for food and cash assistance, micronutrient supplementation for children under five, and community assets projects that improve local crop production and income. Specific work projects will include: micro-irrigation schemes, cash crop plantations, land improvement, trail/ road development and skills training.
The funding was provided to the ministry from the World Bank. With this contribution, MoLD has committed a total of US$52 million in funding to WFP Nepal over a three-year period.
“I would like to thank the Ministry of Local Development and recognize the significance of this contribution to WFP and the long-term food security of the people of Nepal,” said Dominique Hyde, Officer in Charge of WFP Nepal. “Without doubt this is one of the largest contributions by the Government of Nepal to a development partner. The funds will be used to improve the immediate and long-term food security and nutrition of nearly half a million people.”
WFP Nepal and MoLD have worked together since 1995 to provide food and/or cash to poor, hungry people in exchange for work on projects that ultimately improve the long-term prospects and food security of rural communities.
“We are pleased to use these funds provided by the World Bank to support the World Food Programme and to strengthen the existing partnership between our two organisations. We will continue to work in close collaboration to reduce poverty and improve food security.” said Krishna Gyawali, Secretary of the MoLD.
In Nepal, over 3.6 million people are considered to be food insecure and 41 percent of the population to be undernourished. WFP provides food, cash and micronutrient supplementation to more than 2 million people in Nepal.
“The Ministry of Local Development is doing a valuable job of building public assets and providing work opportunities for Nepal’s poor. Today MoLD has reinforced its commitment to reach the most isolated and needy communities by supporting WFP to provide households with food, cash and micronutrient supplementation in exchange for work on agriculture and livelihood improvement projects, in places like: Humla, Jumla, Dolpa, Mugu and Bajura,” said Hyde