Bhubaneswar, 28 May-2014: Odisha Government will soon launch a zero hunger challenge project in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP). Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday gave his assent to the implementation of zero hunger project of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the State.
The decision was taken during a meeting between the Chief Minister and World Food Programme’s country director (India) Turben Due and WFP team. The project aims at addressing the issue of starvation on a large scale.
“The Chief Minister has given his consent to the project ‘zero hunger challenge’ proposed by the WFP team. The team comprising five members led by Country Director Torben Due today discussed the framework of the programme with the Chief Minister and the State Chief Secretary”, informed State Food Supply and Consumer Welfare Department Secretary MS Padhi.
WFP is keen to extend technical assistance to Odisha for meeting ‘zero hunger challenge’ with the objectives of 100 percent access to adequate food to all persons round the year, 100 percent increase in small holder productivity and income and zero per cent stunted children less than two years. The hunger could be eliminated during this lifetime, the WFP sources said. The elimination of hunger requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their right to adequate food, women are empowered, priority is given to family farming and food systems everywhere are sustainable and resilient, sources add.
Eliminating hunger, however, involves investments in agriculture, rural development, decent work, social protection and equality of opportunity. It will contribute to better nutrition for all – especially women from the beginning of pregnancy and children under the age of two. The United Nations Secretary-General has laid top priority to the elimination of hunger.
WFP team member Stanlake JTM Samkanje, Director, Policy, Programme, Innovation Division and John Aylieff, Deputy Regional Director for Asia met the media persons after the meeting with the Chief Minister gave hint about aims and objectives of meeting the challenges for achieving zero hunger.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)