• WFP in collaboration with Department of Food and Public Distribution and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) launched the pilot of a ‘Smart Warehouse’ to modernize the government grain warehouse system. The smart warehouse is equipped with a number of wireless sensors to monitor warehouse conditions such as temperature, humidity, airflow and rodents which can be tracked through a web-based application, allowing warehouse operators to take informed decisions to improve storage environment and reduce losses. If successful, the pilot will be rolled out by the government with technical support from WFP.
Ensuring Access to Food
• To support women’s self-help groups (WSHG) through the partnership with the Mission Shakti in Odisha, WFP developed and deployed an automated packaging machine in a government-run take home ration (THR) production unit managed by a federation of WSHG in Puri district. The machine supports reduces production time for packaging the product and thus, overall efficiency. WFP conducted a series of trainings for the WSHG members on how to best use the packaging machine.
• As part of WFP support to the roll-out of rice fortification in six states, WFP is undertaking a statewide training and capacity development program for millers in Uttar Pradesh and has completed trainings in 10 districts for more than 210 participants.
• To facilitate demand and ensure consumption of fortified rice by the community, WFP is conducting an extensive social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) campaign on fortified in Uttar Pradesh. The campaign includes activities like public lectures on fortified rice, IEC Van – a specially designed vehicle that aims to sensitize communities in remote hamlets through group sessions using audio-visual tools, cooking demonstrations of locally prepared rice-based recipes, state-level government stakeholder meeting and media sensitization workshop. To date, more than 31,000 people were sensitized across 36 villages in the state.
• WFP continues to support scale-up of decentralized THR production through women’s self-help groups in Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. In Uttar Pradesh, a total of 84 units have been setup, 13 of which are now functional. More than 1200 MTs of safe, nutritious, age-appropriate supplemental nutrition products have been produced by WFP supported units in the state.