With the influx of the Rohingya refugees two years ago after a military crackdown by the Myanmar army, WFP’s operations have drastically increased
The World Food Program (WFP) governing body, the executive board, has visited Bangladesh to see the agency’s humanitarian response for families living in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, and support to the host communities.
Led by the President of the Executive Board, Hisham Mohamed Badr of Egypt, the delegation comprised of representatives from Australia, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, Poland, and Switzerland, read a press release.
“As members of the Executive Board of WFP, we were here to learn about how the WFP is carrying out its mandate in achieving Zero Hunger in one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and also providing lifesaving humanitarian assistance to nearly one million people in Cox’s Bazar,” explained Ambassador Badr.
“We were pleased to hear from both the Government of Bangladesh and United Nations partners of the exemplary cooperation with WFP on the ground,” he added.
With the influx of the Rohingya refugees two years ago after a military crackdown by the Myanmar army, WFP’s operations have drastically increased. Currently, the agency provides food assistance to 85% of the camp residents, through either in-kind food or an e-voucher scheme. With the latter, families receive monthly entitlements on a pre-paid assistance card and use them to buy a variety of foods at WFP-contracted outlets. E-vouchers greatly improve their access to a more diverse range of foods, while encouraging production of food locally and stimulating the local economy.