WFP AND FOREIGN COOPERATION DEPARTMENT, GOVT. OF HARYANA INK A PACT FOR COOPERATION ON FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Foreign Cooperation Department, Government of Haryana (FCD, GoH) today signed a “Framework for Collaboration” agreement to work on food and nutrition security to contribute towards delivering the Sustainable Development Goal 2 targets.
The aim of the said FFC is to improve mutual understanding and friendship for strategic initiatives to be undertaken between the UN WFP and the State of Haryana, strengthen the relationship and develop close cooperation and exchange.
The agreement was signed between Mr. Anant Prakash Pandey, IFS Director General & Secretary, Foreign Cooperation Department, Government of Haryana, and Mr. Bishow Parajuli, Representative and Country Director, WFP in India in the presence of Sh. Yogender Chaudry, IRS, Additional Chief Secretary, Foreign Cooperation Department, Government of Haryana
“The agreement between World Food Programme and Haryana Government builds on the strong collaboration that the two already have, including the automated grain dispensing machine, Annapurti, which was piloted first in the state,” said Mr. Parajuli
“Haryana has done a lot on strengthening food safety nets in the state. Through this partnership we aim to, among other activities, bring together technical experts from the region for cross-learning by sharing best practices in the field of food and nutrition security,” he added.
“The State Government is committed to delivering food security and achieving national targets for Sustainable Development Goals. The global and national expertise of WFP will be leveraged through partnership for strengthening these efforts,” added Mr. Pandey.
The cooperation will explore areas like supply chain optimization and implementation of Public Distribution System reforms, women’s empowerment including financial and social inclusion, climate adaptation and resilient food systems, and other spheres.
Under the cooperation framework, WFP will facilitate the strengthening of existing capacities by providing technical assistance and the transfer and exchange of knowledge, skills, and expertise to concretely build the existing systems.
The period of partnership would be for five years with regular evaluation and review of progress made.