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WFP brings relief to impoverished Nepali district
Publication Date : 11-02-2013
Nandabire Damai of the Photu Village Development Committee (VDC) in the district of Mugu - one of Nepal's most remote and least developed regions - is thankful that he has been receiving rice from the World Food Programme (WFP) of late. He hopes that his six-member family will not have to struggle for food this year.
Under the WFP’s ‘work for food’ programme, rice and pulses are being distributed to residents of 14 VDCs, including Photu, Narthapu, Jima, Vihee, Ruga and Hyanglu, in Mugu. In exchange for the food, villagers carried out assigned development works such as digging irrigation canals in the area.
The WFP has already provided 145 kgs of rice and pulses to each family this year.
Bhanu Limbu of the WFP said though the organisation cannot feed local people for long, the provided food has brought much relief to them as they face food shortages for six months every year.
The Nepali government allocates around 13,000 quintals of subsidised rice for the district every year but that amount generally does not reach the villages.