12 Aug 2019

UN World Food Programme in India 

Source: Press Information Bureau

Why India?

  • India is the second most populous country in the world, it has enjoyed steady economic growth and has achieved self-sufficiency in grain production in recent years. Despite this, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition persist. 
  • Around 21.25 percent of the population lives on less than US$1.90 a day, and levels of inequality and social exclusion are very high.
  • India is home to a quarter of all undernourished people worldwide, making the country a key focus for tackling hunger on a global scale. 
  • In the last two decades, per capita income more than tripled, yet the minimum dietary intake fell.
  • The gap between rich and poor increased during this period of high economic growth.

Background and

WFP has been working in India since 1963, with work transitioning from food distribution to technical assistance since the country achieved self-sufficiency in cereal production. With the Government now providing its own food distribution systems, our work focuses on supporting the strengthening of these systems to ensure they become more efficient and reach the people who need them most

About World Food Programme 

  • It is the UN agency focused on hunger alleviation and food security. 
  • Globally, it responds to emergencies making sure food reaches where it is needed, especially in times of civil strife and natural disasters.
  • In India, WFP has moved from providing direct food aid to providing technical assistance and capacity building services to the Government of India. 
  • WFP is focusing on enabling the country’s food-based social safety nets to function more efficiently and effectively in providing food to their target population

Focus Areas of WFP are:

  • Food and Nutrition Security.
  • Strengthening food-based safety nets. 
  • Policy reform to enhance food and nutrition security.
  • Fortification of food.
  • Food security mapping and analysis. 
  • Addressing nutrition concerns during the first 1000 days of life.
  • Addressing nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women, and older persons