Vulnerable beneficiaries in Rayagada, Odisha claim their food entitlements with a biometrics-based smart card.

Photo: WFP India/Manmeet Kaur 

India: WFP Reforms Ensure Food Reaches The Right Beneficiaries

Years of research and analysis, coupled with tried and tested solutions on the ground, pay off with the successful implementation of key reforms to improve the Targeted Public Distribution System in Rayagada, Odisha.

Overview

India is the second most populous country in the world with an estimated 1.2 billion people and the third largest economy by GDP. Thanks to steady economic growth over the past decade, India was classified as a (lower) middle-income country by the World Bank in 2012. However, despite economic growth and self-sufficiency in food grains production, high levels of poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition persist in India. An estimated 32.7 percent of the Indian population lives on less than US$ 1.25 per day. The country is home to a quarter of all undernourished people worldwide . Any global impact on hunger requires progress in food and nutrition security in India.