KATHMANDU: The European Union (EU) is providing a grant assistance of EUR 4 million (approximately Rs 420 million) to Nepal for institutionalisation of the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System.
This contribution will be used to implement capacity development activities in the areas of food security over a period of four years, according to a press release of the European Union Delegation to Nepal.
This is the second phase of funding provided by the EU to develop the Nepal Khadya Surakshya Anugaman Pranali (NeKSAP).
Country Representative of the World Food Programme (WFP), Nicole Menage and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Bijaya Kumar Mallik signed an agreement to this effect at a programme held at the EU Office on Wednesday morning.
Dr. Alexander Spachis, Ambassador, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal, was present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Spachis said the European Union has prioritised food security as a key area of poverty reduction and economic development across the developing world and expressed the belief that this programme will strengthen the Government's capacity to understand many facets of food insecurity in Nepal and to formulate and implement appropriate evidence-based policies and programmes.
WFP Nepal Country Representative, Menage said, "We are very grateful for this generous assistance from the EU, which will play an important role in embedding this comprehensive food security monitoring system within the government structure."
Senior Statistical Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture, Hemraj Regmi briefed about the first phase of the NeKSAP.
NeKSAP was established in 2002 and is currently managed by WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. It is considered the most comprehensive food security monitoring system now operational in Nepal and has the primary objective the collection, consolidation and analysis of food security data to be used by the decision makers, allowing them to take coordinated and timely action to alleviate food insecurity in the country.