Project Geographical : 6 municipalities from the Bardiya, Nawalparasi and Kapilvastu district.
The pandemic CORONA virus has developed into a humanitarian crsis in large parts of the country. The NDHS 2016 data reveals that more than 4.5 million People Food-insecure, of which around 20% of households are mildly food insecure, 22 % moderaly food insecure, and 10% severely food insecure. Overall, households I rural areas where food prices tend to be higher are more likely to be food insecure than people living urban areas.
The impact of continued lockdown in the country from the March 24 have resulted in the increasing situations of food insecurity, particularly in the mid and far-west, which is also a home to nepal’s most vulnerable and food insecure populations. Tens of thousands of low income migrant Nepalese workers from India have returned home in this region. The United Nations World Food program has predicted that present pandemic crisis might be the cause to 15-30% increase in malnutrition and food insecurity is expected to increase among: households engaged in informal labor precarious labor, service sector and daily wage work, as well as households with return migrants and income losses. These population are not only in the high food and nutrition insecure region, but also do not have sufficient disposable income to buy safe and nutritious foods to feed themselves and their family members. The partnership programs initiate the social movement for improving the nutritional status of those one. With aim to lead the social movement to reduce stunting, levers towards adpting a new, daily habit of feeding to 6-23 months old babies with porridge.
Objective: To improve the nutritional status of children 6-23 months of age in selected municipalities in Province 5 through unconditional food assistance of fortified porridge.