Food and Nutrition Security and Enhanced Resilience Programme launched in Madhya Pradesh

The workshop to launch the Food & Nutrition Security, Enhanced Resilience  Programme (FaNS) in Madhya Pradesh was held on 9th September 2015 at the capital city of Bhopal. The programme is part of the Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) worldwide special initiative ‘One World - No Hunger’ and aims to strengthen food and nutrition security through a dual approach. On the one hand, it supports the government’s measures to improve transparency and effectiveness of the TPDS, for which the implementing partner is the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DF&PD) under the Central Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. On the other side, the programme works with non-profit organisations to raise awareness amongst beneficiaries and social workers regarding the importance of nutritional diversity. The activities focus on food-insecure women and their families in Chhatarpur and Sheopur districts in Madhya Pradesh.

At this workshop, a total of 42 participants, including the Principal Secretary of the Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, the Commissioner of the Health department, Health, other government officials from the department of women and child development of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, representatives from the main partner Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and local and international NGOs, and the Programme Director of the GIZ Indo-German Social Security Programme (IGSSP) and the staff of the Food and Nutrition Security Programme were present.

Mr. Ashok Barnwal, Principal Secretary, Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection briefly discussed the different components of the computerisation of TPDS in the state and the much needed technical support from GIZ in different aspects of the computerisation process particularly for strengthening the monitoring mechanism of his department.

Mr. Helmut Hauschild, Programme Director, IGSSP, outlined the different initiatives of GIZ in India and different components of the ‘One World-No Hunger’ initiative and FaNS programme in detail. WHH representatives, with their local NGO partners, discussed the field implementation details of the project and required assistance from different government departments.

Mr Faiz Ahmed Kidwai, Commissioner Health, and Ms. Shubra, Deputy Director, Department of Women and Child Development both expressed their willingness to offer active support for the implementation of Food and Nutrition Security Programme in Madhya Pradesh.