• Tuesday, Oct 27, 2020
  • Last Update : 02:17 am

WFP pilot program helps urban poor in Dhaka

  • Published at 02:29 pm September 21st, 2020
poor woman-old-aid-coronavirus-covid-19
File photo: An old woman sits in queue to collect government aid Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

WFP will also deliver food baskets to families that have members who have contracted coronavirus and are in quarantine

In support of the government’s Covid-19 response, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun cash assistance to the urban poor hit hard by the pandemic, including those in quarantine and isolation, in northern Dhaka.

“The lessons learnt from this pilot will help improve government urban interventions for people vulnerable to shocks such as Covid-19,” said Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, state minister of ministry of social welfare, according a press release on Monday.

“The pilot is also serving as a model for potential replication and scale-up of such assistance programs in the future.”

During the pilot stage, 50,000 individuals (10,000 households) in Kalyanpur, and SattalaBosti (Mohakhali) in Dhaka, will receive Tk3,000 per month to help them meet their basic food needs.

These locations were identified as a majority of the residents work in the informal sector which includes garment factories and domestic work.

Many of them have lost their jobs due to the economic fallout of Covid-19.

“Massive job losses and rising food prices are pushing millions of people into poverty and hunger, especially in urban areas in Bangladesh. This program is an important step towards addressing the mounting challenges facing the urban households at this critical time,” said WFP Country Director Richard Ragan.

Through the program, WFP will also deliver food baskets to families that have members who have contracted coronavirus and are in quarantine.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by NOG BRAC, the program pays special attention to the families’ needs in accessing nutrient-rich food, such as fresh vegetables.

By working with local traders, WFP and partners will ensure that a stable supply of vegetables and other nutritious foods are available at reasonable prices at designated local stores.

In August, WFP Country Director Ragan, US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Miller, and Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor MdAtiqul Islam visited families who are participating in the program in Kallyanpur slum.

55
54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail