The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) in Chennai have entered into a strategic partnership on research and programmes around agriculture and food security, nutrition, climate change adaptation, community resilience building, and sustainable livelihoods in India.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between Bishow Parajuli, WFP India Representative and Country Director, and Dr Madhura Swaminathan, Chairperson MSSRF.
“The partnership with WFP builds on several organic linkages between the two organizations to leverage research and advocacy, awareness-raising activities, exploring the use of technologies and climate services for last-mile actions for better community resilience and adaptation, undertaking analysis of trends in food and nutrition security, working around issues of nutrition and school feeding and other related areas,” Dr. Madhura added.
Over the past two decades, the partnership between WFP and MSSRF in India has seen pioneering work on food and nutrition security analysis through the creation of several national-level food insecurity atlases, and other policy and research-related contributions towards enhanced food security.