WFP has been present in Bangladesh since 1974 and has assisted registered refugees from Myanmar since 1992. WFP aims to achieve significant gains in reducing hunger and undernutrition in the coming years by implementing and developing, through effective partnerships, innovative long-term solutions by responding to emergencies.
WFP aims to assist 3.6 million people in 15 prioritized districts over five years, which 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. It has four components:
- Improving maternal and child nutrition, which aims to break the cycle of undernutrition in Bangladesh by treating and preventing moderate acute malnutrition among pregnant and nursing women and children below five. It does so by providing supplementary feeding accompanied by nutrition behavior change communication.
- School meals, which aim to contribute to the Government’s goal of achieving universal primary education by increasing enrolment and attendance of pre- and primary schoolchildren through distributing fortified biscuits, delivering essential learning packages, and providing technical support.
- Enhancing resilience to natural disasters and the effects of climate change, which aims to enhance the resilience and food security of particularly vulnerable people through the creation of community and household assets. It engages participants in community projects, provides training and gives women a cash grant for investment.
- Strengthening government safety nets, which aims to help the Government enhance social safety nets addressing hunger and household food insecurity by providing technical assistance and implementing a promotional safety net and operational research.