The UN’s World Meals Programme which gained the Nobel Peace prize on Friday mentioned it hopes that this recognition will additional strengthen its cooperation with India the place it has been working for round 5 a long time in numerous programmes associated to meals and diet safety.
The World Meals Programme (WFP) was honoured for its efforts to fight starvation, for its contribution to bettering circumstances for peace in conflict-affected areas and for appearing as a driving power in efforts to forestall the usage of starvation as a weapon of warfare and battle.
The Rome-based organisation has been feeding individuals in a number of the world’s most harmful locations, with the coronavirus pandemic seen pushing tens of millions extra into starvation.
Talking to PTI, WFP nation director Bishow Parajuli mentioned profitable the Nobel prize is a “nice recognition” not solely to WFP but in addition to governments the world over, together with in India.
“Meals insecurity breeds many issues and due to this fact addressing that is a crucial component,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the popularity will additional strengthen WFP’s cooperation with India the place it has been working for round 5 a long time in numerous programmes associated to meals and diet safety.
“The Indian authorities has at all times been appreciative of our work and we hope it can additional worth us with this recognition,” Mr Parajuli mentioned.
Elaborating on the WFP’s work in India, he mentioned within the final 10 years or so the organisation has shifted its focus in 4 areas particularly – one is diet the place India nonetheless faces a problem.
“For instance, we now have a programme at neighborhood degree with self assist teams in Uttar Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihoods Mission,” he mentioned.
“We’ve got a programme on enhancing social behaviours. We’ve got a programme supporting fortification of rice after which additionally enhancing the standard of take dwelling ration. Our goal is at all times to help the federal government and we work in partnership with the federal government,” he mentioned.
Mr Parajuli mentioned they’re additionally working in direction of offering targetted security internet programme like ICDS and mid-day programmes.
“We’re additionally working for enhancing effectivity of provide chain optimisation after which we now have been working in bringing biometric system with authorities and we had a particular programme throughout COVID working with the empowered teams supporting trying into meals safety, vulnerability and bottlenecks and challenges so that’s the third part of our work – taking a look at proof and outcomes what is occurring on the bottom and the way scenario will be improved,” he mentioned.
Noting that India has many success tales to share with the world, Mr Parajuli mentioned the WFP can be bringing exchanges of India with different neighbouring international locations like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
“India has a number of good examples of success tales so we deliver an trade between glorious states and never so glorious states. We’re additionally increasing our information base to different international locations in areas like Nepal and Bangladesh like there was an trade with Nepal on the mid-day meal programme that India. We had officers from Bhutan and we’re seeing how we will additional strengthen cooperation on this entrance,” he mentioned.
“Submit COVID, the meals scenario has deteriorated the world over and in addition vulnerabilities amongst migrant staff and labourers have elevated so how will we enhance entry to ration playing cards and enhance the scenario at optimum degree,” he added.