The World Food Program has decided to extend its current country program in Bangladesh, a move that aims to sustain support for some 2.1 million vulnerable, hungry and malnourished people through the end of 2011.
Under the plan, WFP phased out its financial support for Bangladesh’s Vulnerable Group Development program at the end of 2010. It will instead support program enhancement through the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs. WFP will also extend technical assistance to the country’s national school feeding initiative. These changes are in line with WFP’s goal of gradually handing over food assistance programs to the Bangladeshi government.
The extension of the country program is expected to cost approximately USD76 million.