CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.
Cousin will speak at the ministerial session of the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the role of family farming in achieving food and nutrition security, co-hosted by the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. Cousin will urge that particular attention be paid to overcoming the barriers that limit the contribution of women in family farms.
India is home to almost one fifth of the world’s family farms and has shown leadership in improving food security and nutrition through large-scale safety net initiatives.
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 legally enforceable for more than 800 million people across the country.
In India, WFP is partnering with the Ministry for Agriculture and Cooperation and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and is working with the Government to reform India’s public distribution system for subsidised food for the country’s poorest citizens.
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