The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Rajasthan, are joining hands to improve the State’s Targeted Public Distribution System (TDPS), which is the world’s largest food safety net scheme.
WFP India Representative and Country Director for India, Bishow Parajuli. said: “By harnessing the power of technology, this strategic partnership could create long lasting impact for the millions of people covered under the Targeted Public Distribution System scheme. Together with the Government, we will use the data and insights to facilitate operational and policy decision-making,.”
The partnership will entail, among other activities, creating digital dashboard of supply and uptake of food grains by beneficiaries for monitoring and evaluation of TDPS and providing real-time as well as a long-term solution towards better food and nutrition security.
Secretary, Department of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Rajasthan, Mr. Naveen Jain, stated: “The Government of Rajasthan is committed to addressing malnutrition and creating food security in the state. Our efforts towards achievement of India’s targets under Sustainable Development Goal 2 will be strengthened with WFP providing technical assistance and transfer and exchange of knowledge, skills, and expertise to strengthen the existing systems.”
This partnership is part of a wider strategic Memorandum of Understanding WFP and the Department of Food and Civil Supplies formed last year.
The desert state of Rajasthan has nearly 45 million beneficiaries who are served through a network of 26,657 Fair Price Shops under the National Food Security Act.
Some of the highlights of the partnership include: better targeting of beneficiaries to ensure the most in need are included; improving supply chain efficiency, such as transport optimisation and introduction of digital applications; and capacity-building in data-based decision-making to make continuous assessments and improvements.