WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, September 2023

WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, September 2023

In Numbers

  • 950 mt of food distributed
  • US$9.38 million cash-based transfers made
  • US$85.8 million net funding requirements under the Country Strategic Plan (Nov’23 – Apr’24)
  • 1.04 million people assisted

Operational Updates

• Monthly rations for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar remain at US$8 per person per month, after falling from US$10 in June and US$12 (full assistance) before March 2023. As of 12 October, based on confirmed and projected resources US$51 million is needed to restore the full ration for the next 12 months. WFP is grateful for new contributions from Germany,
Canada, and Thailand.

• In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, WFP continued to support families affected by severe floods in August, providing cash assistance of BDT 5,500 (US$50) per family to 20,200 people and another 6.5 mt fortified biscuits to 13,000 people. With recent CERF contribution, WFP plans to continue this support for 180,000 individuals over the coming months and requires US$7.8 million for flood response.

• In September, 912,600 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar received food assistance through e-vouchers.
Most vulnerable households received an additional US$3 to enable purchase of more nutritious foods.

• Preventive and curative nutrition services were provided to Rohingya and Bangladeshi communities.
More than 203,300 pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children aged 6-59 months, including 78,300 Rohingya children through a US$3 nutritionsensitive e-voucher. WFP’s school feeding programme provided fortified biscuits to 245,600 refugee and more than 60,100 Bangladeshi children in Cox’s Bazar.

• On Bhasan Char, WFP supported 29,4001 refugees, of which 65 percent received an 11-item fixed food basket, and the rest through redeemable e-vouchers.
WFP provided nutrition support to 7,740 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children aged 6-59 months, while school feeding programme reached 11,300 children.

• Under the disaster risk reduction programme, 11,980 Rohingya volunteers were involved in reforestation, drainage cleaning, re/construction of walls, stairs, drains and pedestrian pathways. In the surrounding community, 970 Bangladeshis (including 44 persons with disabilities) were engaged in reforestation; slope protection; road construction; and canal and drainage works.

• WFP provided training to 23,600 Bangladeshi women to start micro businesses, who earned US$327,700 selling produce through 59 aggregation centres.

• In the camps, the self-reliance programme engaged 34,300 refugees in homestead gardening, upcycling and communication with communities.

• WFP and the Department of Women Affairs organized a workshop with the Cabinet Division and ministries of Women and Children Affairs, and Finance to review progress from the implementation of the Mother and Child Benefit Programme and Vulnerable Woman benefit Programme and to develop a strategy for future implementation.

• With the Government of Bangladesh and the National Taskforce and Technical Working Group on Anticipatory Action, WFP convened a second national dialogue on the scale up of anticipatory action to support resilience-building of the Bangladeshis in disaster prone areas.

• As part of WFP’s seasonal livelihoods programme, 500 participants received a monthly subsistence allowance of BDT 500 (US$4.5) to ensure participants have enough funds to reinvest in their income generating activities after receiving a one-off cash grant of BDT 15,000 (US$138) to start their micro-businesses.

• WFP distributed fortified rice to 537,000 beneficiaries of the Government’s Food Friendly and Vulnerable Women Benefit Programme in 35 sub-districts


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