UN assistance to ensure food security

Kathmandu, December 4:

United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated Rs 247 million to assist rural communities in Nepal that are suffering from serious food insecurity caused by rapidly increasing food and fuel prices, destruction of food stocks and crops by the recent floods, and the long-term conflict.

The UN statement issued here today said life-saving projects developed by the UN and its humanitarian partners aimed at meeting critical food needs of vulnerable households in the Mid-Western, Far-Western and Tarai districts of the country, with particular focus on women, children, ethnic minorities and indigenous populations.

“Nearly 1.5 million people in these remote regions need urgent help to meet their basic food needs,” the statement quoted UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal, Robert Piper, as saying. “Levels of acute malnutrition are high, especially among poor, landless and marginalised populations,” it added.

CERF funding will ensure that vulnerable families continue to receive the food assistance being provided by the World Food Programme and partners, besides creating quick-impact opportunities to help restore family livelihoods through community construction and infrastructure projects, it added.

UNICEF is learnt to address acute malnutrition in children through community-based management initiatives, aiming at early identification and treatment of underlying infections.