WFP Executive Director Boosts Fight Against Hunger In India
WFP enjoys a long-standing and excellent relationship with the Government of India's Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operation - WFP's nodal ministry in the country for nearly 50 years. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and Minister Sharad Pawar, discussed how to improve the nutrition situation in India.
WFP met with the Planning Commission of the Indian Government.
In this photo (L-R): WFP India Deputy Country Director Michael Jensen, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, WFP India Country Director Edward Kallon and WFP Director for Policy, Programme and Innovation Stanlake Samkange.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin took some time from her busy schedule to pay homage to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, at the Gandhi memorial site in New Delhi.
Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Professor Thomas, briefed WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on the country's progress under the National Food Security Act and commended WFP for its commitment to developing the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) Best Practice Model, which improves efficiency and effectiveness of the national food-based social safety net.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operation and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry facilitated an exchange between the vibrant Indian private sector and WFP's Executive Director to explore venues of public-private sector engagement in the country.
Roundtable consultations on the ramifications of the recently passed rights-based National Food Security Act brought together international organisations, research institutions and government representatives. Professor Swaminathan (in photo) and his research foundation has been a highly valued partner of WFP in India for more than a decade.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with members of the United Nations Country Team to strengthen collaboration among UN agencies in India, where the complexity of underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition require a comprehensive and coordinated approach.
In photo (right): UN Resident Coordinator, Lise Grande.
WFP's strength lies in its strong and committed team in the India Country Office. Headed by Edward Kallon, the Country Office is working on a new Country Strategy for 2014 - 2017 to reflect India's new profile as a middle-income country and to be in line with the priorities of the Government of India.
During her two day visit to India, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin held talks with high level representatives of the Government of India to discuss WFP support in the fight against hunger and malnutrition in India - home to about one quarter of the world's undernourished.