WFP India Country Brief, March 2017

Report
from World Food Programme
Published on 31 Mar 2017

Highlights

  • The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the institution responsible for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India, is organising a consultation for making the SDG-2 agenda a part of India’s National Development Goals. WFP is partnering for the consultation with other UN agencies.

  • WFP India has commissioned a mid-term review of its work in India. The team is recruited and work has started in March 2017. The recommendations of review are expected to be available by the first week of June.

  • WFP’s support to Targeted Public Distribution System in India is very well received and many of WFP’s recommendations are used for state level implementation.

Operational Updates

  • A mid-term review of WFP’s work in India was initiated with a team of external consultants. Following the inception briefing, field visits are currently ongoing with extensive interactions with state and national level stakeholders. The recommendations of the review are expected by the first week of June 2017.

  • WFP in collaboration with the Government of Odisha is fortifying school meals with multiple micronutrients reaching 200,000 school children aged 6-14 years through the Mid-Day Meal Scheme daily. So far, 423.72 mt of fortified rice and 3.35 mt of micronutrient powder (MNP) have been distributed to schools in the project district Dhenkanal. The project succeeds the Gajapati rice fortification project which was handed over and is fully run by the state government since 2016.

  • In Kerala, WFP is focusing on reducing micronutrient malnutrition among children below 3 years of age by ensuring fortification of take-home rations (THR) provided through the government scheme. So far, 31.7 mt of fortified blended foods have been produced and distributed to the beneficiaries as per the plan.

  • An agreement was signed with the Government of Odisha to institutionalise food security analysis and vulnerability mapping in the context of the Zero Hunger Challenge and Sustainable Development Goal-2 (SDG-2). Collation and analysis of data is ongoing.

  • To improve the efficiency of TPDS, WFP has been providing support at the national and state level. A concept note on the Public Distribution Network was shared with the Department of Food and Public Distribution. This network would enable beneficiaries to purchase food allocations from any state across India using the ration card, irrespective of the issuing state. Guidelines for direct benefit transfers were also shared with the Government. A supply chain assessment mission is planned in April 2017.

  • NITI Aayog, the government agency leading the SDGs in India, is organising a consultation on SDG-2. WFP is partnering with other UN agencies to provide technical support.