A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Mr. Bishow Parajuli, WFP India Representative and Country Director and Dr. Madhura Swaminathan, Chairperson MSSRF, in Chennai on 8th October.
Mr. Parajuli said: “WFP and MSSRF are committed to delivering solutions and scalable models to improve food security, especially for the poorest and most vulnerable communities. The increasing and frequent climate crises and shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic have worsened global hunger, threatening food security, nutrition, and the livelihoods of millions.”
He added: “The partnership will combine the strengths of research, national and global advocacy, grassroots dissemination, and policy inputs, especially around the aspect of nutrition and resilient livelihoods.”
Dr. Madhura said: “The partnership with WFP builds on several organic linkages between the two organizations to leverage research and advocacy, explore the use of technologies and climate services for last-mile actions for better community resilience and adaptation, undertake analysis of food and nutrition security trends, and work around issues of nutrition, school feeding, and other related areas. WFP in India and MSSRF will also develop and implement joint pilot programs and advocacy for scale-up, including potential collaboration for climate vulnerability analysis in select states.”
Over the past two decades, WFP and MSSRF have together pioneered work on food and nutrition security analysis in India through the creation of several national-level food insecurity atlases and other policy and research-related contributions towards enhanced food security.