DMPQ: Short Note on World Food Programme.

World Food Programme

It is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security. It was formally established in 1963 by the FAO and the United Nations General Assembly. Head Quartered at Rome.

The operations are funded by voluntary donations from world governments, corporations and private donors. It strives to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the need for food aid itself.Its efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

In India, WFP has moved from providing direct food aid to providing technical assistance and capacity building services to the Government, with Ministry of Agriculture being the nodal ministry.Food-for-work programmes help promote environmental and economic stability and agricultural production. WFP has coordinated the five-year Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot project which assists smallholder farmers by offering them opportunities to access agricultural markets and to become competitive players in the market place.

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