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WFP Executive Director Visiting India To Hold High-Level Governmental Meetings

ROME/NEW DELHI – The UN World Food Programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has arrived in New Delhi for a 2-day visit to India. Her trip to the capital will focus on WFP-supported local solutions that are helping battle malnutrition.

Cousin plans to meet high-level Government officials including the Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to share expertise in food-based social safety nets. WFP supports the Government of India in its fight against hunger and malnutrition - especially within the framework of the National Food Security Act that made the right to food a legally enforceable right for more than 800 million people across the country.

The Executive Director also plans to meet with members of the private sector to explore how they can support WFP’s work and the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

In India, WFP is partnering with the Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperation and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Among other initiatives, WFP is working with the ministry to refine India’s public distribution system of subsidised food for the country’s poorest citizens through increased efficiency and improved nutritional impact.

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