Lifeline: Food

World Food Programme plans to provide food for 1.4 million people in urgent need of assistance over the next three months at a cost of US$116.5 million as reported on their site.

Eight million dollars is urgently needed to help disaster-struck Nepalese farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has written.

Delivery of food is a major lifeline for the people of Nepal to survive in the short run, and sustainability of agriculture/farming will help the people to survive in the long run.

For those farmers who have lost their livestocks, we wonder how the livestocks will be delivered to them as logistics has been an issue and from which country the animals could come from (most likely neighbours India).

Rice and channa daal have been distributed near New Road by the International Red Cross as seen below in the pictures (from two days ago). We have heard shops and restaurants have started to open in the capital, Kathmandu.

Quick Information in regards to Nepalese Diets:
Dal Bhat Tarkari (Dal – Lentils, Bhat – Rice/Grains, Tarkari – Vegetable Curry) is a popular dish served in the country.
Within each region due to the difference in ethnicity foods are different.
Foods are Asian themes with Tibetan, Indian, Thai origins.

How Does Natural Disaster Affect Currency?

The Econintersect has an interesting article in regards to how Natural Disasters affect the Currency. For the Nepalese Rupee, its currently pegged against the Indian Rupee so a similar scenario to the yen after the Tohoku Earthquake is probably not expected.

How Does Aid Agencies Convert their donations into Local Currency?

Charity Finance Group have an interesting article from Ebury about Best Foreign Exchange practice for Charities and NGO. If anyone has more information I would be interested in getting the information. Are the spread provided by the big FX traders like Citi and Deutsche better for charities and NGOs, do the World Bank or IMF have deposits in different currencies which can be used when there is a natural disaster?

For those whose are interested in extra reading:

Map of reported Nepal Earthquake Death.

Open Letter to The Media, regarding the Nepal Earthquake.

How hundreds of volunteer mappers are helping to keep Nepal earthquake aid from getting lost by