CAIRO– The World Food Programme (WFP) and Egypt’s Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade (MoSIT) last week signed a five-year agreement to enhance social security nets in support of the food and nutrition requirements of the most vulnerable.Under the contract signed, WFP will assist the government in identifying essential areas where improvements can be made to national supply chains. These enhancements would aim to decrease the cost of food provided through the national aid programme and ultimately its price in addition to make it more nutritious.”Among our shared goals through this agreement is reducing food losses
by connecting farmers, specifically smallholder farmers, to enhanced storage and transportation solutions, “stated WFP Agent and Nation Director in Egypt Menghestab Haile.”We would also build on our previous partnership with the government in food fortification to enhance the nutritional value of key food commodities included in the government’s aid programme.”Priority will be provided to re-starting the fortification of subsidized wheat flour. In 2008, WFP started dealing with the federal government on an across the country strategy to enhance subsidised baladi bread with micronutrients consisting of iron and folic acid, both essential to health and key for kids’s advancement. The six-year project later on included the enrichment of subsidised cooking oil with vitamins A and D.WFP will likewise work with the government on enhancing individuals’s diets with a view to preventing chronic malnutrition amongst children in the first 1,000
days of their lives as well as amongst pregnant and nursing females.”WFP is presently carrying out the 1,000 days of life pilot task with the assistance of MoSIT, in addition to the Ministry of Social Uniformity and the Ministry of Health,”added Haile.”The pilot task targets 40,000 pregnant and nursing ladies in Sohag, Qena and Assiut governorates. WFP aims to expand the project to more governorates and eventually nationwide.”Under the arrangement, WFP will likewise support the government in enhancing infotech and knowledge management systems for better information quality consisting of the
profiles and geographical distribution of individuals gaining from the subsidy system. This would guarantee targeting of most-rightful receivers of subsidised food as well as intensify tracking and examination of the aid system.The GIS Unit in MoSIT will be used as a tool for geographical targeting; and boosting the capability of key government organizations to keep track of food security scenario and offering timely early caution indications to decision-makers.”Egypt is completely committed to achieving the just recently endorsed”Sustainable Development Objectives 2030″; of which lowering cravings and hardship are leading priorities. These goals complement the core of the Egyptian
Constitution where food and nutrition security is the constitutional right of every Egyptian,”H.E Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali El Moshli who co-signed the arrangement.” We are fully devoted to addressing the origin of hardship, food insecurity and social justice in the country, where food and nutrition security of all Egyptians is a leading priority.” Every day, WFP and its partners work to accomplish the vision of a zero-hunger world. In positioning with the Sustainable Advancement Goals, attaining this vision by 2030 requires WFP to make healthy
food accessible and offered throughout the year as well as get rid of stunting; boost rural economic chance; avoid food waste; and promote sustainable agricultural development.WFP has been operating in Egypt since 1968 and is currently supporting over one million people through various jobs implemented in the nation’s most vulnerable governorates. WFP activities intend to improve the lives and livelihoods of susceptible groups in
a manner in which is sustainable and lasting.