WFP cash-for-work programmes support earthquake recovery in Nepal

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Residents of Chautara Municipality, Sindhupalchok District, collect WFP emergency aid in May 2015. WFP File Photo/Angeli Mendoza

Nearly two million people in Nepal have received food and other aid two months after a massive earthquake struck the country, the World Food Programme (WFP) has said.

WFP said its focus has now shifted from emergency response to the longer-term recovery phase which includes establishing a cash-for-work programme and supporting the return of local markets.

But the agency has warned it is running out of funds to provide assistance through the end of the year.

Dianne Penn reports.

In Nepal, thousands of porters who lost their jobs due to the earthquake are now delivering food and other essential items to mountain communities while repairing trails as they go.

Meanwhile, a cash-for-work programme has allowed 9,000 households to cultivate crops, thus revitalizing local markets.

These are examples of how WFP's work in Nepal is transitioning from the emergency phase to early recovery, by providing cash, employment and rebuilding opportunities.

However, the agency said it will need US$74 million to keep its operations running through the end of 2015.

An international donor meeting will be held in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu, this Thursday.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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