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. 

WFP signs Agreement with the Government of Kerala on Reforming the State’s Food Safety Net

Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed on 26 February 2014, WFP partners with the Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Department in the end-to-end computerisation of the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) in order to improve targeting of the subsidy and reduce leakages. The overall objectives are to optimise the performance of the TPDS, improve stakeholder convenience, as well as transparency and accountability in the system.