by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
With the aim to achieve a global goal of ‘Zero Hunger’ by 2030, the state government of India is collaborating with the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP) to address food and nutrition security issues in the country.
The government is working alongside with the UNWFP to promote healthier food nutrition and food security in the country.
To achieve this set goal for 2030, the UNWFP is supporting the central and state government by making sure national food security is effectively and efficiently implemented in the country.
This will enhance nutrition security in and around the country.
While UNWFP continues to support the government advocating for food security, it also provides technical support and the capacity for the government food based social safety nets. This includes the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), Mid-Day Meal Programme and the Integrated Child Development Services.
During a recent visit to India, UNWFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with the government plus the business community to extend UNWFP’s partnership in addressing malnutrition and food security in the country.
A letter of intent was signed by Cousin, along with the Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Production for India. This will bring together several ministries to finalise a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence on Food and Nutrition security in India.
This is one among the many partnership initiatives taken by UNWFP in advocating and adressing food security and nutrition worldwide.
This partnership will help the government, concerned individuals and the business community, in collaboration with UNWFP, to advocate on food security to achieve zero hunger by 2030.