Hunger in the news

23 March 2015

To successfully improve nutrition, it is essential to have strategies and convergence across sectors including food, health, safe drinking water and sanitation. With one in three of world's malnourished children living in this country, this investment is imperative for India. MDM is well placed to support the nutritional requirements of a large number of India's children but some stark gaps regarding hygiene and the nutritional value of every meal needs to be addressed to enhance the impact of this investment.

17 November 2014

The School and Mass Education (S&ME) Department is planning to provide breakfast in addition to the mid-day meals (MDM) served across the State. The MDM mela is one of the main highlights of the annual Sishu Mahotsav ‘Suravi-2014’, organised by the Department. (..)In addition to that, the rice fortification programme, currently being implemented in Gajapati district, will be extended to two more districts of Dhenkanal and Angul. The State Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with World Food Programme (WFP), last year, to reduce anaemia among children by providing fortified rice in MDM, in Gajapati district. In a mid-level survey undertaken by WFP, it was found that the anaemia levels of children consuming fortified rice went down by three to four per cent, said WFP Advocacy Officer Manmeet Kaur.

21 October 2014

Torben Due, Country Director India, WFP writes about India and the Zero Hunger Challenge.

4 February 2014

India: World Food Programme's pilot project in Rayagada, Odisha helps reduce pilferage in the Public Distribution System.

22 November 2013

The food ministry [India] hinted at adding these to the list of items to be sold through public distribution system (PDS) at highly subsidized rates. Addressing a conference that was attended by top functionaries of UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) and food minister K V Thomas on Thursday, department secretary Sudhir Kumar said, "These items will be made available in PDS. Earlier, Thomas told the UNWFP delegation headed by its executive director Ertharin Cousin that the country had surplus production of wheat and other foodgrains and the government could successfully roll out the scheme across states. "By enacting a law to provide foodgrains at very subsidized rates, an earlier practiced welfare measure has now been made a right for people," the minister said.

26 February 2013

Here in Rajasthan (India) as in parts of Ethiopia, lack of water is the big problem. (..) In common with approaches tried by donors such as the World Food Programme in Ethiopia, Eficor asked the villagers what their priorities were. Water – or lack of it – was, unsurprisingly, a key concern. Farmers in Rajasthan have land, but often leave areas uncultivated because of the lack of water.

26 April 2012

India expects a record harvest of rice and wheat, but officials have warned that huge food stocks could be wasted due to lack of adequate storage facilities. (..) The waste of food grain has raised concerns in a country where more than 40 percent of children are underweight. (..) It is estimated that about seven percent of food grains are wasted due to lack of storage space and inefficient transportation.

14 February 2012

Rural women entrepreneurs in Rajasthan produce a nutritious food supplement as take home rations for pregnant mothers and underfed infants. (..) The supplement, which goes under the label of ‘Raj Nutrimix', has been developed by the World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), and in consultation with the Government of Rajasthan. (..) “We discovered that producing this supplement is a perfect fit because it addresses two urgent needs: An uninterrupted supply of nutritive food and a regular source of income for poor rural households,” says Dr Nikhil Raj of WFP, who coordinates this project.

30 January 2012

The state government's focus on farming may have earned Punjab the label the "bread basket of India," but it has stifled the growth of manufacturing industries that the state needs to catch up with the strongest performers. (..) Farmers sitting on some of India's most fertile land - Punjab means "the land of five rivers" - are reluctant to sell their fields to make way for industry.

20 January 2012

Despite progress on many fronts, India's high malnutrition rate, low birth weight and maternal mortality rate continue to rival those of sub-Saharan Africa. (..) There is an increasing body of research that points to the way forward. (..) We've seen it from Rwanda to India, when women have secure rights to the land either jointly with their husbands or on their own, the family does better in a host of ways: improved education, improved nutrition, improved health.