Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Nepal

December 20, 2016

Food Security Situation  

Map of Nepal
CIA World Factbook
  • On April 25th 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing significant damage and large scale displacement. Over 8,500 people were killed and 16,000 people were injured in the earthquake and its aftershock. In total over 8.5 million people were affected by the earthquake. The earthquake struck a country that has some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. Forty-one percent of children under five are stunted, 29 percent are underweight and 11 percent are wasted.Several regions in Nepal, particularly in the hills and mountains of the mid- and far-western regions, face chronic levels of food insecurity due to poor agricultural production, lack of basic infrastructure and changing climatic patterns. Additionally, laws restricting refugee land rights lead to high levels of food insecurity for this vulnerable community, particularly amongst Bhutanese residing in Eastern Terai.

  • Several regions in Nepal, particularly in the hills and mountains of the mid- and far-western regions, face chronic levels of food insecurity due to poor agricultural production, lack of basic infrastructure and changing climatic patterns. Additionally, laws restricting refugee land rights lead to high levels of food insecurity for this vulnerable community, particularly amongst Bhutanese residing in Eastern Terai.

Food Assistance Programs

  • FFP’s supports two resiliency focused development programs in Nepal. FFP partners with Mercy Corps for a 5 year $37 million Achieving Agriculture, Health and Livelihood Resilience (AAHAR) Program, targeting one million direct beneficiaries in 14 districts of Nepal’s Far West and Mid-West. AAHAR aims to prepare individuals, households and communities to mitigate risk of socio-ecological stressors and shocks that reduce local food security. FFP also partners with Save the Children for a 5- year $59.9 million Community Resilience Program (CRP), that targets 1 million beneficiaries in 11 districts in Central and Eastern Hills. A strategic objective of CRP is to increase the abilities of households and communities to adapt to shocks. In addition, these projects support two existing USAID agricultural and nutrition projects, Suaahara and KISAN and provide additional coverage in gap areas.

  • In Fiscal Year 2015 USAID/Office of Food for Peace (FFP) provided $9.4 million in emergency assistance, including $6.9 million to the UN World Food Program to support emergency food assistance operations and $2.5 million to the NGO ACTED which provided short-term livelihoods support to approximately 2,250 households in five districts. 

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2016 $6.3 million ----
Fiscal Year 2015 $9.4 million 3,155 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $6.6 million 3,609 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $2.1 million 1,960 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $6.6 million 4,090 MT

Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $6.3 million ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

Note: FFP: Food for Peace; EFSP: Emergency Food Security Program; MT: Metric Ton; WFP: World Food Program. Food Security Situation information is provided by WFP as of December 2016. FY 2016 contribution based on funds obligated as of December 2016


Country Specific Guidance

Fiscal Year 2014 Request for Applications (RFA) for Title II Development Food Assistance Programs in Nepal

FY 2014 Resources for Nepal

Last updated: December 21, 2016

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