New Delhi : The Indian government and the United Nations World Food Programmme (UNWFP) signed the second ‘In-kind Contribution Agreement’ for the donation of another batch of 10,000 metric ton of wheat to the People of Afghanistan.
The Agreement was signed between Joint Secretary (UNES), Srinivas Gotru and UNWFP Country Director, Bishow Parajuli, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. The first Agreement was signed in Rome last month by the Indian government and the UNWFP (United Nations World Food Programmme) .
In view of the deteriorating humanitarian situation and in response to the appeals made by the United Nations for humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, Government of India decided to gift 50,000 metric ton of wheat to the people of Afghanistan.
As of now, the first batch of 10,000 metric ton of wheat has been successfully delivered to Afghanistan and delivery of the next batch of 10,000 metric ton of wheat is in the process. Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August that caused economic disarray and food shortages that have pushed the country to the brink of a humanitarian crisis.
Acute malnutrition is spiking across Afghanistan, and 95 percent of households have been experiencing food insecurity. Afghan children are starving to death nearly every day, according to humanitarian organizations
Last week, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs said India has historical and civilizational ties with Afghanistan. India’s partnership with Afghanistan included projects spread across each of the 34 provinces of the country, in critical areas such as power, water supply, road connectivity, health care, education, agriculture and capacity building.
“In the last two years, India has contributed to the humanitarian requirements of the people of Afghan. This includes 75,000 MTs of wheat (2020), COVID related medical supplies (June 2020) and 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine (January 2021),” he added.
India Blooms News Service