WFP Bangladesh Country Brief, November 2023

In Numbers

1,045 mt of food distributed 9.63 million cash-based transfers made US$90.36 million net funding requirements under the Country Strategic Plan (December 2023 – May 2024)

1.05 million people assisted

Operational Updates

• From January 2024, WFP will be able to revert to an evoucher of US$10 per refugee per month in Cox’s Bazar thanks to donors’ generous funding. WFP will also add fortified rice to the items available in the camp outlets, slightly increasing the full ration value. WFP urgently needs US$61 million to restore full US$12.50 ration in 2024. WFP is grateful for new contributions from USA and ECHO.

• In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, WFP continued to support families affected by severe floods in August.
In total, 7,472 families received BDT 5,500 (US$50), and 1,034 families received BDT 1,800 (US$16.40) which will be supplemented by a one-time in-kind food basket of rice, oil and lentils.

• In Cox’s Bazar, 912,300 Rohingya refugees received general food assistance (GFA) through e-vouchers.2 Most vulnerable households received an additional US$3 to purchase fresh produce. Malnutrition prevention and treatment services were provided at 177 sites in the Rohingya and Bangladeshi communities. More than 199,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children aged 6-59 months were reached, including 80,300 Rohingya children through a US$3 nutrition-sensitive e-voucher. WFP school feeding reached 307,450 refugee and Bangladeshi children.

• The Government relocated 569 refugees to Bhasan Char island in November; WFP provided food assistance to all relocated refugees as part of its rapid response. WFP continues to scale up the use of evouchers and supported 30,000 refugees with general food assistance, of which 43 percent received a US$15 e-voucher, while the remainder received an 11-item fixed food basket. WFP provided nutrition services to 7,700 pregnant and breastfeeding women and children aged 6-59 months, and school feeding activities reached 11,400 children.

• Through the livelihoods programme in Cox’s Bazar, WFP engaged 23,600 Bangladeshi women, while WFP’s self-reliance programme in the camps engaged 17,110 refugees in homestead gardening, aquaculture, upcycling and communication with communities. WFP is grateful for the new Swiss contribution for resilience activities for vulnerable Bangladeshis and refugees in Cox’s Bazar.

• For improved monsoon and cyclone preparedness., 2,700 Rohingya women and men were engaged under the disaster risk reduction programme in Cox’s Bazar.

• WFP and the Department of Livestock Services organized a vaccination campaign for seasonal livelihoods programme beneficiaries engaged in livestock-based activities in Kurigram.

• In collaboration with several national government agencies, WFP facilitated a two-day consultation on the Early Warnings for All (EW4All) initiative – a global UN initiative that seeks to establish early warning systems for all vulnerable communities by 2027. At the workshop, stakeholders initiated a national EW4All roadmap to prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28).

• Together with Government, WFP is preparing a database of 45,000 vulnerable Bangladeshi households in three disaster-prone districts of Khulna and Barishal divisions, which will support anticipatory actions for the most vulnerable households in the event of a cyclone.

• With WFP technical assistance to the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, 920,100 women received BDT800 (US$7) cash assistance, and 1,050 women received one off food basket through the Mother and Child Benefit Programme (MCBP). At WFP-supported learning hubs, 9,326 MCBP beneficiaries were also reached with nutrition-based social and behavioural change sessions.

• WFP distributed fortified rice to 1.4 million beneficiaries of the Government’s Food Friendly and Vulnerable Women Benefit Programme in 57 sub-districts. Under the Urban Food Assistance Programme, WFP provided nutrition messaging to 12,600 people.

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