WFP India Country Brief, January 2017

Situation Report
Originally published



  • A Country Programme Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting chaired and represented by all WFP partner ministry officials was organized to discuss and facilitate WFP’s work in India. The committee ratified the annual work-plans for 2017 in principle.

  • The proposal for setting up a Centre for Excellence (CENEX) in India is being finalised in collaboration with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.

  • In a national workshop attended by representatives from all states, WFP shared best practices to increase the use of biometric unique identity (Aadhaar seeding) to improve the efficiency and accountability of the public distribution system.

Operational Updates

  • A Country Programme Advisory Committee (CPAC) meeting was organized by the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and joint secretaries of other WFP partnering ministries. The committee discussed progress of the CSP in 2016 was lauded and challenges highlighted. The CPAC was also apprised of the immediate priorities: mainstreaming gender in CSP and planned mid-term review. The committee expressed its support and ratified the annual workplans for 2017, in principle.

  • A gender assessment of WFP’s work in India was undertaken in collaboration with UN WOMEN to recommend possible ways of gender mainstreaming and integration. A workshop was held to develop a gender action plan. Possibilities of joint gender activities are being explored with other UN Agencies.

  • In collaboration with the Government of Odisha, WFP intends to fortify school meals with multiple micronutrients reaching about 200,000 school children aged 6-14 years through the Mid-Day Meals Scheme. Baseline assessments are completed and the distribution of fortified meals is scheduled to commence in February 2017.

  • In Kerala, WFP is focusing on reducing micronutrient malnutrition among children below 3 years of age by providing fortified blended foods as take-home rations through the ICDS scheme. Food distribution started in December 2016 and covers all anganwadis (supplementary nutrition centres) in the project area.

  • 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 (SDG) 2. Collation and analysis of data is ongoing.

  • WFP is participating national level discussions on the SDGs, target formulation and indicator finalisation as a part of the United Nations Country team, specifically for SDG-2. WFP is also co-convener of a results group on zero hunger and rural poverty, along with FAO, for the development of the new UNSDF document.