World Food Programme (WFP) will spend US$105 million in 2006 as assistance to ensure food security for ultra poor in Bangladesh.
The WFP targeted to cover a total of about seven million people in 2006.
More than two million people, of whom 75 per cent are female, will directly participate in WFP's food assistance programmes in Bangladesh. The rest of the beneficiaries include five million dependents.
This was disclosed by WFP country representative Douglas Broderick while speaking at a national seminar on 'food security for the ultra-poor', at IDB Bhaban in the city Thursday.
Douglas also declared that WFP had launched an annual 'Media Awards on food security of the ultra-poor' for excellence in food security and hunger related reporting in Bangladesh. The award will be announced in October each year on the World Food Day.
He urged all media professionals to play a bigger role in advocating for improved food security of the millions of the ultra-poor, especially the women and children.
"The award has been launched with a view to encouraging the newsmen to report on the sufferings of the country's thirty million ultra-poor people, who are unable to afford even two square meals," he said.
Investigative reports published or broadcast in national and regional dailies (Bengali/English) and electronic media, from August 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006, will be eligible for entry for the year of 2006, he added.