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WFP Bangladesh | Brief Reporting period: 01 October – 31 December 2015

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Summary of WFP assistance

WFP partners with the Government of Bangladesh to reduce extreme poverty, enhance food security and nutrition as well as reduce vulnerability to recurrent shocks. The Country Programme is designed to improve the long-term food security of ultra-poor households and the nutritional situation of women and children in the poorest and most food insecure rural areas and urban slums. WFP intends to assist more than 4 million people in 15 prioritised districts over five years. The Country Programme consists of four components that are aligned with the Government's national priorities: (i) improving maternal and child nutrition; (ii) increasing school attendance and school attentiveness through school feeding; (iii) enhancing resilience to natural disasters and the effects of climate change; and (iv) strengthening Government safety nets.

WFP is also working to improve the food security and nutritional status of over 33,000 refugees from Myanmar through three activities: (i) general food assistance through biometrically coded electronic vouchers; (ii) supplementary feeding; and (iii) school feeding.

In response to an urgent need for humanitarian assistance following a devastating flood in south-eastern Bangladesh in July 2015, WFP provided immediate food assistance and unconditional mobile phone cash transfers to poor flood affected women and their families. The operation ended in October 2015.

WFP leads the Logistics Cluster, co-leads the Food Security Cluster with FAO and is an active contributor in most other humanitarian clusters in Bangladesh. WFP also co-chairs the Local Consultative Group on Disaster and Emergency Response (DER) with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

The Country Office has started a strategic review on food security and nutrition focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 2 and leading to the development of a new Country Strategic Plan by the end of 2016. It seeks to identify key challenges Bangladesh faces in achieving zero hunger, to assess resourcing within the arena of food security and nutrition, and identify priority actions.