UN World Food Programme & Odisha Govt Join Forces To Improve Food And Nutrition Security

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For empowering women through livelihood support and promotion of climate-resilient millets, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Odisha will be partnering in the coming times.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate which is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, preserving lives in emergencies and utilizing food aid to develop a pathway to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recuperating from the dispute, disasters, and the impact of climate change.

According to the report a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on March 18 by Parajuli and Director, Agriculture and Food Production, Odisha, M Muthukumar. The memorandum was signed on organizing regional and global policy dialogues around millets as a climate-adaptable cereal for nutritional security will be performed with the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment, Odisha Millets Mission.

Bishow Parajuli, WFP Country Director in India stated that the partnership links two critical aspects: equal access, particularly around livelihoods for girls and women to address hunger and achieve nutritional security; and adaption of millets in support of climate-resilient food production and nutritional security, especially among vulnerable communities.

He further added that the United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a resolution which was moved by India. Even declaring 2023 as the International Year of Millets, highlighting the importance of initiatives like the Odisha Millets Mission.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) along with the Department of Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti has also agreed on collaborating on empowering women and strengthening livelihoods by supporting Women’s Self-Help Groups through technical assistance and capacity development contributing to long-term food security.

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