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22nd December, 2021 Agriculture


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  • Aiming at a more diversified food basket under its free food distribution programme with focus on coarse grains and millets, NITI Aayog has entered into an agreement with United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to address issues related to inclusion of millets in government programmes.


About United Nations World Food Program

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.
  • It is the world's largest humanitarian organization the largest one focused on hunger and food security, and the largest provider of school meals.
  • Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 countries.
  • In addition to emergency food relief, WFP offers technical assistance and development aid, such as building capacity for emergency preparedness and response, managing supply chains and logistics, promoting social safety programs, and strengthening resilience against climate change.
  • WFP is an executive member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, a consortium of UN entities that aims to fulfil the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a priority on achieving SDG 2 for "zero hunger" by 2030.
  • The World Food Programme was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020 for its efforts to provide food assistance in areas of conflict, and to prevent the use of food as a weapon of war and conflict.
  • WFP operations are funded by voluntary donations principally from governments of the world, and also from corporations and private donors.
  • WFP is governed by an executive board which consists of representatives from 36 member states, and provides intergovernmental support, direction and supervision of WFP's activities.
  • The European Union is a permanent observer in WFP and, as a major donor, participates in the work of its executive board


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