(Nepal, 12 April 2012): More than 200,000 Nepalis will receive help to address food insecurity and support for life-saving response to children under five, thanks to a US$ 5 million allocation this week from the United National Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
“This timely allocation from the CERF will help address some of the most urgent humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable communities in Nepal. Overall the projects supported will benefit more than 75,000 food insecure people and 125,000 children” said Robert Piper, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nepal. “Many remote communities in Nepal continue to experience a silent emergency around food security, malnutrition and threats of epidemics from water-borne diseases” he added.
The funds will support three major activities managed by the UN Children’s Fund, the World Health Organisation, the UN Human Settlements Programme, the World Food Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organisation. One project will focus on nutrition for children under five, lactating mothers and pregnant women through integrated nutrition, water hygiene, sanitation and health interventions. These activities will reach more than 100,000 children under the age of five in 10 districts.
A second project will deliver food assistance for severely food insecure populations in Bajura, Mugu and Kalikot districts. The project will also provide immediate support by rehabilitating and constructing essential food security related infrastructure such as drinking water systems and agricultural infrastructure.
A third project will provide urgent food security assistance to the most vulnerable farming families in Rukum, Jajarkot and Kalikot districts targeting more than 15,000 families who own less than 10 ropanis of land (approximately. 0.5 Ha). It will enhance families’ food security and restore their production capacity by focusing on household-level, small-scale agriculture activities.
Nepal has received $28.6 million from the CERF since the fund’s inception in 2006 through both the underfunded and rapid response windows.
The grant to Nepal is part of an overall allocation of some $104 million from the CERF to bolster humanitarian operations in neglected humanitarian emergencies around the world, which was announced by the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos in January 2012.
“Millions of people need help around the world in places which have fallen out of the headlines. These funds will help save lives. I hope that more funds will become available from governments and others to support a continued humanitarian response,” said Valerie Amos.
CERF is funded by voluntary contributions from Member States, NGOs, local governments, the private sector and individual donors. For 2012, donors have so far pledged more than $377 million in support of the Fund, bringing the total amount contributed to CERF since March 2006 to more than $2.6 billion.