Diagnostic Study on Vulnerable Group Feeding Scheme

The objective of this diagnostic study was to perform an operational and financial analysis of the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) scheme with a view to recommend improvements that promote economies of scale and scope, cost-effectiveness and efficiency of operations and optimization of resource allocation. The study provides evidence-based recommendations to improve upon the Institutional Design and promote Value for Money in terms of targeting, enrolment and awareness-raising, allocating resources, compliance of guidelines, monitoring and evaluation, data maintenance and benefit delivery system. The study was also accomplished in the backdrop of concerns that feeding alone was not enough to reduce chronic hunger and vulnerability.

Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) is a humanitarian assistance program of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief of Bangladesh that is aimed at mitigating the consequences of disasters like floods, cyclones, and any other natural calamities. The goal of the program is to ensure food security and smooth consumption for beneficiaries. The programs primarily aim at feeding the poorest who are most at risk of hunger, malnutrition and especially those belonging to female-headed households.