New York, NY (BBN) – Two United Nations agencies on Friday welcomed a call issued by Nepal’s Supreme Court for food to be supplied to one dozen districts in the South Asian nation’s mid- and far-western regions.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN World Food Program (WFP) hailed the 25 September order by the Court recognizing the “right to food sovereignty” in the Interim Constitution of Nepal, where 2.5 million people in rural areas are in urgent need of assistance due to surging food prices.
“OHCHR and WFP acknowledge the Government is taking seriously the pressing issues of food shortages and rising food prices in these regions,” according to a UN press statement.
They also noted that the government has increased the portion of the budget allocated to the Nepal Food Corporation (NFC), a national body mandated to supply food to districts that need it most.
Over the past two years, WFP – working with the government and aid partners – has fed some two million people in the mid- and far-western districts impacted by both natural and man-made disasters. The NFC distributes food to areas with larger populations, while the WFP focuses on more remote, rural areas.
Nepal is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which recognizes the right of all “to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing and to the continuous improvement of living conditions.”
Flash floods have affected over 24,000 families in the worst hit districts of Kanchanpur and Kailali, and the agency is providing “mixed-commodity basket” of rice, lentils, vegetable oil and salt, as part of a $2.5 million emergency operation.
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