HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Across the mid and far western hill and mountain districts, the population suffering from food insecurity is estimated to be around 0.49 million in the first quarter of the year 2012.
“The number has increased compared to the previous quarter though it is slightly less than the same time last year,” according to the Nepal Food Security report published by Ministry of Agriculture Development-Food Security Monitoring Unit and World Food Programme (WFP).
In Darchula, five village development committees — Dhaulakot, Sitola, Guljar, Dhuligada and Ranisikhar — are classified as ‘highly food insecure’ and a total of 11,223 people in those VDCs are facing the high level of food insecurity also mainly due to a low summer crop production of maize and paddy. The situation is expected to improve during the next cycle due to winter crop harvest and the starting of the Yarchagumba collection in May-June.
According to the report, in the 17 mid and far western hills and mountain districts, out of the total of 786 VDCs and municipalities, some 30 per cent are classified as food insecure, five village development committees in Darchula are ‘highly food insecure, some 233 village development committees (29.6 per cent) in Humla, Mugu, Jumla, Dolpa, Achham, Bajura, Doti, Baitadi, Bajhang, Darchula, Dailekh, Jajarkot and Rukum are ‘moderately food insecure’.