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The Situation

After eight years of post-conflict transition, political and social progress in Nepal has been slow. Approximately 25 percent of Nepal’s population lives below the national poverty line on less than USD 0.50 cents per day. More than 900,000 people are in need of food assistance.

Frequent natural disasters negatively affect livelihoods and food security. Nepal’s vulnerability to high food prices, especially in remote mountain areas, exacerbates food insecurity. Challenging and isolated geography, natural disasters, civil unrest and lack of infrastructure complicate efforts to improve livelihoods, establish functioning markets and transport food. This was most evident during the 2015 twin earthquakes that took the lives of more than 9,000 people and left millions homeless.

World Food Programme's Work

Almost one year after the devastating twin earthquakes of 2015, WFP continues to focus on the food security of vulnerable, earthquake-affected populations while making efforts to strengthen preparedness for future disasters. In early February, WFP completed its three-phase emergency operation serving earthquake-affected populations. The operation served more than 2 million people with food support, providing over 20,000 metric tons of food.

WFP is now working with the Nepalese Government to tackle food insecurity, focusing on social safety nets in the areas of nutrition, education and rural livelihoods support. WFP also provides food assistance to refugees from Bhutan in Nepal.

  • Livelihoods creation: WFP provides seasonal employment and livelihood training enabling the rehabilitation of rural roads, irrigation channels and other community assets.
  • Education: WFP provides school meals as well as non-food items such as energy-saving stoves and school furniture.
  • Nutrition: WFP assists the Ministry of Health in the prevention of chronic malnutrition among pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under the age of 5 months.

Articles About Nepal

WFP/Alessandro Pavone

What WFP Delivers: High-Energy Biscuits

When Hurricane Irma was just days from making landfall in the Caribbean, a special shipment of food and supplies was headed to Haiti from a humanitarian response depot in Dubai.…

Ash Kosiewicz

Bhawana Thapaliya
WFP/Santosh Shahi

When Women Lead and Rebuild in Nepal

Meet two World Food Programme (WFP) pioneers helping to rebuild their country in unconventional ways and challenge societal gender norms

Ash Kosiewicz

WFP/Tina Stacey

The Trailblazers: Meet the Engineers Restoring Nepal’s Ruined Trails

When 130,000 earthquake survivors living within the remote Himalayas were cut off overnight from access to markets, health clinics, and schools after hundreds of trails were severely damaged, a group…

Tina Stacey, Simone Gie

WFP/Marco Frattini

Voices Rising From the Rubble in Nepal

More than 25,000 porters helped the UN World Food Programme (WFP) respond last year to twin earthquakes - the worst natural disasters to hit the country in more than 80…

Ash Kosiewicz

WFP/Angeli Mendoza

Q&A: The Impact Of The Nepal Earthquakes

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the twin earthquakes that struck Nepal last spring. WFP USA recently sat down to speak with Richard Ragan, who served as Emergency Coordinator for WFP…

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WFP/Marco Frattini

Hacking Hunger Episode #6: Voices Rising From the Rubble in Nepal

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Nepal: Cold And Hungry At The Roof-Of-The-World

In Nepal, still reeling from a devastating earthquake in April 2015, a dispute over the contents of the country’s new constitution has caused a months-long closure of border points with India.  This…

Seetashma Thapa

3 Hunger Hotspots WFP Helped in 2015

This year the U.N. World Food Programme has reached nearly 80 million people in 82 countries with lifesaving food assistance.   Thanks to supporters like you, the agency is distributing school meals…

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Trekking The Himalayas For A World Of Zero Hunger

Trekker and the World Food Programme (WFP) officer Nimdoma Sherpa climbed to an earthquake-stricken mountain village to raise a flag and awareness of the Global Goal of Zero Hunger. Amid early-morning cloud…

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Hope Looks Like: University Of Virginia Students Helping Quake Survivors In Nepal

Students at the University of Virginia recently held a series of campus events, including a candlelight vigil, to raise support for the U.N. World Food Programme's recovery operation helping earthquake…

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