A high level mission led by Mr. Manoj Juneja, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Programme, Rome visited State Capital and called on key senior leaderships. The objective of the mission was to review WFP’s current engagements in the State and plan the areas of future interventions to make Odisha Hunger Free.
As a part of strategy, WFP is engaged in building Proof of Concepts based on its international experience for improved nutrition. It is increasingly involved in developing evidence for action in the context of food and nutrition security.
Discussing the impacts of the pilot for strengthening of Targeted Public Distribution in Rayagada, Mr. Juneja and the mission members were happy to see how the lessons from Rayagada and the elements of Best Practice Model for TPDS transformation are being used to support the Government of Odisha in the Statewide scale up identification of beneficiaries within the framework of National Food Security Act. It is a big job in the State to be completed by September 2014. Done properly, the exercise can get a pro-people efficient system and save about Rs 700 Cr by weeding out bogus cards.
Mr. Juneja talked about the policy support in the automation of transactions in the Fair price Shops through use of Point of sale Devices and undertaking a pilot for enhancement of nutrition through PDS network. Refereeing to the pilot in Gajapati district for fortification of rice, WFP looks forward to demonstrate the benefits of fortification of rice. WFP would soon be undertaking another study to evaluate the benefits of other micronutrients in the fortification to inform future action by Government.
The mission called on the Chief Minister and congratulated the Government for their commitment to reducing food insecurity and improving nutrition security. By working closer together, the government, UN agencies and NGOs can better address the significant challenges of food and nutrition insecurity.
The mission called on the Minister Food and Agricultuire. Among others the mission comprised, Mr Torben Due, country Director, WFP, India, Mr Jan Delbaere, Deputy country Director and Mr Himanshu Bal, WFP coordinator in Odisha.