March 13, 2009 / 6:07 AM / 9 years ago

WFP gives $179 mln to Bangladesh's poorest for food

DHAKA (Reuters) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) would provide $179 million over the next nine months to help Bangladesh’s poorest people, who have been hard hit by high food prices and natural disasters.

Poor Bangladeshi boys share rice from an utensil beside a road in Dhaka in this June 5, 2008 file photo. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) would provide $179 million over the next nine months to help Bangladesh's poorest people, who have been hard hit by high food prices and natural disasters. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman/Files

Around 259,592 tonnes of food commodities are expected to be procured and distributed among 5 million people in both urban and rural areas who are least able to feed their families, the WFP said in a statement.

Around 40 percent of over 140 million people in Bangladesh, a country hit by floods and cyclones each year, have daily income averages of just $1.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who took office in January, has pledged to achieve the millennium development goal of halving poverty by 2015.

WFP’s assistance, provided using both food and cash transfers, will be distributed through projects focused on nutrition and health, education, employment generation and disaster prevention and mitigation at the community level.

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