Kathmandu, February 5, 2018: World Food Programme (WFP), one of the special wings of United Nations is bringing out a program to serve the underprivileged and food deficit school children studying in 10 districts of the mid-west and far-west Nepal. WFP will be extending its aid to these children under The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
USDA has brought out this project to ensure the nutrition security among the school children of the school children in Achham, Bajhang, Bajura, Baitadi, Darchula, Dadeldhura, Doti, Dailekh, Jajarkot. The program is set to be extended till 2021. Pippa Bradford, country director of WFP, mentioned that they believe to serve 240,000 school children of food insecure and vulnerable regions in Nepal.
The WFP will be working with five government programs and strategies that include: Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Plan II (2018-2022), Nepal Health Sector Strategy (2015-2020), Agricultural Development Strategy (2015-2020), School Health and Nutrition Strategy (2006) and School Sector Development Plan (2016-2022).
Through the programs of USDA, Nepal has acquired literacy rate, reduced school dropout rate, increased enrolment rate of both male and female children, and the reduced problem of stunting. WFP will be having fortified rice, lentils, vegetable oil and iodized salt in the basket for these school children that will provide required protein, fats, minerals like iodine, iron, and zinc, and vitamins.