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CM Patnaik shares Odisha’s food security achievements at WFP headquarters in Rome

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke at the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) headquarters in Rome on Friday to share the state’s transformational progress in strengthening livelihoods and food security, with a particular focus on marginalized communities and women. The Prime Minister is currently in Rome at the invitation of WFP to visit its headquarters and share state transformation initiatives.

He delivered a speech in the presence of WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, and WFP’s senior management team. Patnaik also had interactions on the existing partnerships and programs on which the government of Odisha and the WFP in India are collaborating, to implement the common agenda of “Zero Hunger”.

“Over the past two decades, Odisha has gone through a transformational journey in food production, food security, livelihoods, disaster management, etc. By achieving food self-sufficiency, initiating large-scale development programs designed to create livelihoods and nutrition, and by focusing on partnerships, the state is steadily advancing towards the Sustainable Development Goals and inclusive development,” said Odisha CM. We would be happy to share our experience across the world through WFP and its partner agencies,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the World Food Program said he hailed the Odisha CM and said the state was translating into action with a series of ambitious projects to support inclusive development and new economic opportunities, especially for women. “It is a pleasure to welcome the Chief Minister of Odisha and to share our impressions of the innovative work the state is doing in partnership with WFP India. Our common goal of strengthening livelihoods and security across Odisha is translating into action with a series of ambitious projects to support inclusive development and new economic opportunities, especially for women. It is exciting to see how our collaboration is helping move Odisha forward towards achieving zero hunger and other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” the executive director of the World Food Program said.

“We recognize and appreciate the transformative work of the Odisha State Government in the areas of disaster management, food production and food security. Odisha’s success story can provide learning insights for other countries in the same situation. The Government of Odisha and WFP will collaborate to take this learning experience forward and provide a global training platform,” he added. The Chief Minister also expressed his appreciation for the partnership with the WFP on several fronts which has not only been effective in the state but has also been scaled up nationwide.

Valerie N Guarnieri, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, Manoj Juneja, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations World Food Organization, Bishow Parajuli, Country Representative and Director, WFP India and Himanshu Bal , Head of State of Odisha, PAM India. Secretary of CM (5T) VK Pandian, Principal Secretary for Food and Civil Supplies VV Yadav and Resident Commissioner Ravikanth were present during the deliberations.

WFP and the Government of Odisha have signed four partnership agreements and launched six new projects in 2021. Some of the ongoing works include the transformation of the public distribution system and supply of paddy, the cereal distributor and the units smart mobile storage; using evidence on food and nutrition security for planning; follow-up to the program partnership with Odisha Millet Mission, safe fishing with fishing and animal resources development and partnership with the Mission Shakti program – a formidable network of seven million women grouped into six hundred thousand women self-help groups. (ANI)

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Rodney N.

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