World Food Programme, Rajasthan government sign MoU on achieving food security, improved nutrition
Officials of the Rajasthan Government and the World Food Programme (WFP) signing an MoU in the presence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and WFP Country Director in India Bishow Parajuli, in Jaipur on October 29, 2020.

World Food Programme, Rajasthan government sign MoU on achieving food security, improved nutrition

Jaipur, October 30, 2020

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Rajasthan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together to achieve food security and improved nutrition in the state to make significant progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 2.

This cooperation will target people at high risk of malnutrition, especially women, children and adolescent girls, to have improved nutrition by 2025, a press release from WFP said.

The MoU was signed on October 29 in the presence of Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and WFP Country Director in India Bishow Parajuli.

Speaking on the occasion, Gehlot highlighted India’s 50-year long partnership with WFP. “The WFP has received the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, and this shows its importance," he said

“With WFP’s technical expertise, the benefit of the food security schemes will be effectively delivered to all the needy people in the state," he said.

The MoU will be effective between 2020-2023, with a focus on supporting improved food and nutrition amongst vulnerable populations in the state, especially children and women. WFP is also working with the state’s Department of Women and Child Development, to improve the nutritional value and quality of take-home rations in Rajasthan.

Chief Secretary Rajiv Swaroop recalled WFP’s support in the inception of the Indira Gandhi Canal Project, a pathbreaking irrigation project for the desert state. “The partnership will help Rajasthan in better delivery of various food security schemes,” he added.

“The Government of Rajasthan is committed to addressing malnutrition and strengthening food security,” said Siddharth Mahajan, Principal Secretary Food Distribution and Food Supplies. “It has been doing this through the Public Distribution System, the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services. This partnership with WFP will allow us to leverage technical support for strengthening these initiatives and programmes.”

“WFP is focused on supporting food security and nutrition in communities by strengthening capacities, providing technical assistance and the transfer and exchange of knowledge, skills, and expertise, “ said Parajuli. “We are honoured by this partnership with the Government of Rajasthan in its mission to provide food security to all its citizens.”

The World Food Programme, which is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

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