India

WFP India Country Brief, April 2022

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Highlights

• WFP in collaboration with the Department of School Education in Rajasthan has signed an agreement to strengthen the effectiveness of the PM-POSHAN Scheme in Rajasthan. As part of the collaboration, the Food Safety in MDM app (FoSafMDM) which was developed by WFP for capacity building of school cooks, was launched on 9 April in Jaipur by Dr. Bulaki Das Kalla, Minister of Education. The event marked the commencement of the programme in 186 schools in Viratnagar block, Jaipur District.

Operational Updates

Ensuring Access to Food

• In partnership with Government of Rajasthan, WFP completed the supply chain optimisation of the transportation of Public Distribution System food grains from warehouses to last mile retails shops. The first round of optimisation results shows that, if implemented, there will be a 42 percent reduction in the distance travelled. As next steps WFP will do next round of optimization using transportation cost covering 27,000 retails shops in the state.

• In partnership with the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD), WFP developed a Learning Management System (LMS) which was launched on 8 February with six training modules. The LMS is an e-learning, multilingual, interactive and audio-visual training platform which will educate and train staff in the Food and Civil Supplies departments across the country on reforms and new technology in the targeted public distribution. State level officers from 31 of 36 States and Union Territories are now successfully registered on the LMS and training has been completed for all the registered users. These officers will now work as master trainers for other users of the LMS. The DFPD has a target of training 20,000 government officials through this system.

Improved Nutrition

• In Uttar Pradesh, WFP has launched a 3-monthcampaign for creating awareness on fortified rice in targeted communities. As part of the campaign, innovative behaviour change and communication activities such as cooking demonstrations, Information, Education and Communication (IEC) vans, district level workshops, media sensitization will be conducted across parts of the state. With the campaign, WFP aims to address common myths and misconceptions around fortified rice, increase the utilization and consumption of fortified rice in the state.