Contribution to the WFP's Emergency Food Assistance to Populations Affected by the Earthquake in Nepal
The overall objective of the program is to ensure that vulnerable people affected by the earthquake have adequate access to food and to prevent deterioration of acute malnutrition among children aged 6-59 months (in line with WFP Strategic Objective 1-Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies).
The Expected Results of the operation are the
timely provision of food, nutritional products, non-food items, cash transfers, and voucher
in sufficient quantity and quality to targeted beneficiaries in order to a) stabilize/reduce
undernutrition among children aged 6–59 months and b) stabilize/improve food
consumption over assistance period for targeted households/individuals.
The Emergency Operation targets 1,400,000 beneficiaries in the most affected areas with
particular attention to IDPs, pregnant and lactating mothers and children aged 6-59 months. This grant covers:
3,581 households (i.e. 17,904 beneficiaries) with cash-based transfers for 10 days.
WFP partners in Nepal include the Government of Nepal, Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies, local NGOs, International NGOs (Good Neighbours International, CARITAS).
WFP operates in areas most affected by the earthquake (Kathmandu, Baktapur,
Lalitpur, Palanchok, Sindulpalchowk, Kavre, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Dolakha, Dhading in the
Central Region, and Kaski, Gorkha, Lamjung in the Western Region).
WFP works chiefly through: a) General Food Distributions combined with Supplementary Feeding to all children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and lactating moathers in prioritized areas), b) Cash-based Transfers.
On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with its epicentre in Gorkha District.
According to the Government about 9,000 people were killed, more than 19,000 injured, and
almost half a million houses fully destroyed. Many powerful aftershocks ranging in magnitude
from 4.1 to 6.7 took place in the following days. Villages in sparsely-populated mountainous and
hilly areas and more densely-populated districts were most affected. WFP identified three
priority areas and about 1.9 million people in need of immediate food assistance. The extension
of the project through the budget revision allows WFP to continue implementing its
response plan in order to assist particularly vulnerable households until the next harvest.