For 2019 (19-25 October) the Executive Board Bureau undertook its annual field visit to view WFP operations.
Since 1998, the WFP Executive Board organizes field visits that focus on themes of interest to WFP with the aim of enabling Board members to observe WFP operations and discuss their impact with government and non-government counterparts at all the levels.
For 2019 the Executive Board Bureau decided to undertake its annual field visit to Bangladesh to view WFP’s work, particularly in Cox’s Bazar which is home to some 1.2 million displace Rohingya.
Presently, WFP is providing food and nutrition assistance to over 880,000 in Cox’s Bazar and implementing a range of livelihood programmes including for host communities, with innovative approaches to enhancing resilience and response to climate-related stresses and natural disasters.
Visiting camps in Cox’s Bazar, Board members had the opportunity to observe these operative camps and the e-voucher projects in place. Displaced Rohingya receive food assistance through WFP electronic vouchers (e-vouchers), a modality that offers them choice and dignity in deciding their food needs at 11 e-voucher outlets run by local contractors. Beneficiaries are able to select up to 20 food items from vegetables, fruit, dried fish, etc., previously unavailable to them.