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India Ties up with 'World Food Program' to Send Wheat to Afghanistan

Published on April 18, 2023
Current Context: India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program (WFP) to pave the way for sending 10,000 metric tonnes of wheat to the people of Afghanistan.
India Ties up with 'World Food Program' to Send Wheat to Afghanistan
  • The signing ceremony between officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and the UN WFP was held in Mumbai where WFP assured that it would ensure prompt delivery of wheat to the most vulnerable sections of the Afghan population.
  • The MoU is in line with the Indian announcement made last month at the India Central Asia Joint Working Group on Afghanistan, which stated that 20,000 metric tonnes of wheat would be sent through the Iranian port of Chabahar.
  • Painting a picture of the dire crisis in Afghanistan, WFP said nine out of 10 Afghan households currently cannot afford enough food and at least 20 million Afghans face the risk of starvation.
  • India does not recognize the Taliban government in Kabul, saying Afghanistan's crisis is "unprecedented" as it is a combination of decades-long conflict, drought, economic crisis and last month's 6.5-magnitude earthquake in northeast Afghanistan.
World Food Program
    • The World Food Program, the food-aid arm of the United Nations, is the largest humanitarian organization working to combat hunger and promote food security globally. The World Food Program was established in the year 1961. Its headquarters is located in Rome (Italy). The World Food Program is governed by an Executive Board, which consists of 36 member states.

Question:

Q.1 India tied up with ‘World Food Program' to send wheat to which country?
a. Italy
b. Germany
c. Canada 
d. Afghanistan
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