World Food Programme Food Security Atlas for Bhutan
The goal of the Food Security Atlas is to provide clear, current
on the geographical distribution food security and nutrition among the people and regions of Bhutan.
The Online Food Security Atlas of Bhutan provides a comprehensive overview of poverty reduction work in Bhutan. Bhutan fully subscribes to the Millennium Development Goals and they are in line with the country’s national development priorities, including the overarching goal of Gross National Happiness. With poverty reduction as the main theme of Tenth Plan (2008-2013), the MDGs are integrated into the national development planning process.
This atlas also highlights the key features of the economy in Bhutan,
acknowledging the country’s high dependency on renewable natural
resources to eliminate extreme poverty and the pursuit of the unique
development philosophy: Gross National Happiness (GNH). The
philosophy, which is underlined by four pillars (equitable
socio-economic development, conservation of environment, preservation
of culture, and promotion of good governance) pursues broad forms of
well being that extend beyond the material.
The atlas highlights the availability, access, utilization - household concerns with direct implications for food security; the atlas also covers other related factors such as basic health care, primary school education, water supply and sanitation.
As a first of its kind on Bhutan, we hope that this atlas will provide useful analysis for planning, preparation, and implementation and maximizes the efficiency with which we work. The atlas content will be updated continuously upon the availability of new reports and studies.
Bhutan is a least developed country where a majority of the population lives in rural mountain communities. Many in these communities live off what they can grow in the harsh mountain climate. About one-fourth of the population is considered poor, especially in remote villages. The primary challenge is access to services; road blocks are frequent during the monsoon and high passes may remain closed during the winter months.
For over thirty years, WFP has been working to improve the lives of people in Bhutan, providing food to school-going children, road workers, infants, pregnant and lactating women, hospital in-patients and rural communities. Besides school feeding, activities have included support through food-for-work programmes for the construction of roads and suspension bridges, and for health, forestry, irrigation and dairy development projects.
WFP’s goal is to halve poverty in Bhutan by increasing the percentage of the rural poor who receive education up to grade 8, by improving school facilities and access to schools.
Improving Rural Children’s Access to Basic Education with a Focus on Primary Education WFP has embarked on a new initiative to improve the food-related infrastructure at remote, rural-off-road, schools. These initiatives will increase access to education and make the school feeding programme more self-sufficient and sustainable in rural areas. WFP is also handing over gradually the school feeding assistance, with the royal government taking over already successfully classes 11 and 12 in 2008 and 9 and 10 in 2009.
Download Bhutan Country Sheet here