Project profile — Food Security and Empowerment of Women in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

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Food Security and Empowerment of Women in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - Overview
WFP - World Food Programme (XM-DAC-41140)
2018-12-10 - 2021-09-30
Country / region • Bangladesh (100.00%)
Sector • Basic Education
Basic life skills for youth and adults (11230) (20.00%)
• Basic Health
Basic nutrition (12240) (15.00%)
• Basic Health
Health education (12261) (10.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (5.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business support services and institutions (25010) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project focuses on increasing the financial security and resilience of the host communities affected by the Rohingya refugee influx in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh with a particular focus on ultra-poor women and children. This project has two components designed to address the immediate and underlying causes of the prevailing food insecurity and malnutrition in this region. Component one focuses on improving food security, women’s empowerment and livelihoods, benefiting 12,500ultra-poor host community women and their families. Project activities include the provision of: training in technical skills for income generation; a small cash subsistence allowance to improve food consumption and dietary diversity and to cover essential household consumption needs; a business start-up fund; life skills training; and social and behaviour change communication on topics such as child marriage, gender discrimination, gender-based violence, disaster risk reduction, nutrition, child and maternal care, and personal hygiene. Component two focuses on improving nutrition, benefiting 7,500 children under the age of five and 2,500 pregnant and lactating women. Project activities include the provision of: supplementary food assistance; and social and behaviour change communication on topics such as feeding practices, child and maternal health and hygiene.

Expected results

The expected results for this project include: (1) ultra-poor women are empowered economically through income-generation activities; (2) ultra-poor women are empowered socially through enhanced life-skills and knowledge; and (3) improved nutrition of pregnant and lactating women and children under the age of five, and improved hygiene behaviours and practices of women and care-givers in ultra-poor households.

Results achieved



Original budget $0
Planned Disbursement $0
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