WFP Bhutan: Coun­try Brief, Au­gust 2016

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - RE­PORT from World Food Pro­gramme

T he Prime Min­is­ter of Bhutan graced the South Asia School Feed­ing Re­gional Meet­ing with his pres­ence. The meet­ing brought to­gether Gov­ern­ment and WFP Of­fi­cials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, In­dia, Nepal, Pak­istan and Sri Lanka that was held in Paro, Bhutan.

An “Out­come State­ment” to jointly pur­sue work to­wards im­prov­ing the na­tional school feed­ing pro­grammes in all par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­tries was pro­duced by the par­tic­i­pants to the first South Asia Re­gional Meet­ing on School Feed­ing. Op­er­a­tional Up­dates The Gov­ern­ment and WFP Of­fi­cials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, In­dia, Nepal, Pak­istan and Sri Lanka met in Paro on 16-18 Au­gust 2016 for a school feed­ing meet­ing. The del­e­gates shared chal­lenges, lessons learnt and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches from their na­tional school feed­ing pro­grammes. At the end of the meet­ing, the del­e­gates made a joint com­mit­ment to fur­ther de­velop and strengthen their na­tional school feed­ing pro­grammes

The del­e­gates to the South Asia Re­gional Meet­ing on School Feed­ing vis­ited two schools – Dru­gyel Cen­tral School and Dawakha Lower Se­condary School – to wit­ness and take part in the Bhutan Na­tional School Feed­ing ac­tiv­ity. The vis­i­tors were im­pressed with the ef­fi­cient school feed­ing pro­gramme in both the schools and ap­pre­ci­ated the lead­er­ship taken by the school chil­dren in the pro­gramme.

The multi-sec­toral Na­tional Nu­tri­tion Task­force Team com­pleted the draft nu­tri­tion strat­egy to ac­cel­er­ate ac­tions for re­duc­ing un­der-nu­tri­tion and mi­cronu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies among women and chil­dren. This ac­tion plan will be pre­sented to the Cabi­net of Min­is­ters for their en­dorse­ment.

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, to­gether with the WFP coun­try of­fice is pre­par­ing for a mis­sion by two Master­Card Vol­un­teers who will help in con­duct­ing a Cost Ben­e­fit Anal­y­sis of the Na­tional School Feed­ing Pro­gramme. The re­sults of the anal­y­sis will feed into the sit­u­a­tional anal­y­sis for the school feed­ing pro­gramme in Bhutan – an anal­y­sis that will be used to dis­cuss and sit­u­ate the school feed­ing pro­gramme in the coun­try and up­date its ob­jec­tives.

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