Currently, the World Food Program is providing food assistance to 45 million people in Asia. With this new commitment to provide more people with better food, an estimated one million vulnerable people will receive new and improved locally-fortified and processed food products that will have a positive, direct impact on their nutritional status. Nearly half of all the people reached with this commitment will be undernourished children and their pregnant/lactating mothers.
An action plan will be created to scale up the blended food production facilities in two countries (Myanmar and Timor Leste). The action plan will be developed with the aim of promoting the local production and use of fortified food products by fostering a strategic alliance among government departments, UN agencies, the local private sector, NGOs, local farmers and communities. It will include a stakeholder-outreach process, securing funding, and estimating the timeline and number of people to be reached. The action plan will be implemented subsequently.
WFP will conduct a survey of the WFP Country Offices in Asia to determine the ready to eat products that are currently being considered. The Agency will support one or two Country Offices in the further development/testing/distribution of these products by identifying technical expertise and local private sector support. WFP will seek to use these ready to eat foods for specific target groups in the region.
WFP will identify one or two countries to push for a comprehensive nutrition strategy, where WFP and partners support the national government to further its long term health and nutrition goals. WFP will work with the private sector to identify scientific, nutrition and food technology expertise as well as resources to emphasize the strategic and food components aspects of the plan.
WFP will review current outreach to the private sector and develop a specific strategy to increase engagement of global and local food companies and other private players to support the nutritional goals in the Asia Country Offices.
- Total number of people to benefit from the increased production and distribution of improved blended foods: onemillion.
- Total number new products that will be developed, tested and targeted for the specific needs of the different populations: one.
- Strategic plan to enhance the overall nutritional status of a country, in place for one country: -one to two countries.
- Identify and secure private sector partnership support: -two to three companies.
- Number of children expected to benefit from interventions that address malnutrition or under-nutrition: 400,000.
To achieve the Millennium Development goals, undernutrition needs to be addressed urgently and effectively. As the world's largest humanitarian organization and one which is focused on feeding the hungry poor, WFP is committed to improving the nutritional value of the current food basket, including an increase in the amount of fortified processed commodities and the use of micronutrient supplements such as micronutrient powder. WFP is also developing affordable products for specific target groups, such as children under two, moderately malnourished individuals, pregnant and lactating women and populations suffering from micronutrient deficiencies and chronic illness, including HIV/AIDS and TB.
Nutrition intervention is critical in emergencies, post-disaster recovery settings, and development situations. The number of natural disasters has tripled in the last decade, and with climate change, this trend is expected to continue. During emergencies, with livelihoods wiped out, there is an immediate need to ensure the most vulnerable people are getting both enough energy and good nutrition to allow them to survive in the extremely difficult circumstances they face, as well as 'build back better' their nutritional recovery from shocks. In recovery and development settings, new commodities and programming approaches need to be explored in combination with interventions that focus on broader aspects of improving health and nutrition status such as water and sanitation, promotion of appropriate feeding practices and preventive health services.
SEEKING: financial resources, media and marketing assistance. World Food Programme is calling on private sector companies with expertise in nutrition, life sciences, and food technology to join the effort of feed more people better food. WFP is operational in 14 countries in Asia, and in the future WFP aspires to expand this commitment to the remaining eight countries, however this would require more partners. From the private sector, WFP seeks to tap into cutting edge technology and expertise to further develop innovative solutions to improving the overall nutritional status of its beneficiaries.
OFFERING: implementing partners, best practices information.WFP is a completely voluntarily funded agency. While the book of business continues to increase, each year WFP starts from scratch in terms of funding. Therefore, working closely with many members of civil society, WFP will seek to continue to work efficiently and effectively as an implementing partner of choice for their supporters in order to achieve the nutrition enhancement goals.