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WFP will handle Indian wheats in Afghanistan

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The Indian Government has signed an agreement with the United Nations World Food Programme((WFP)) for the distribution of 50,000 tonnes of wheat ,which will be supplied by India to Afghanistan as a humanitarian assistance .

  • India has committed to supply 50,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan free of cost through Pakistan’s  land route.

  • Last year on October 7, India proposed to supply wheat to Afghanistan through the Pakistan road route and Pakistan agreed to it .  

  • India has also committed to  provide Rs 200 crore  for development assistance to Afghanistan.

  • Earlier, India has also supplied  six tonnes of medicine and  5 lakh doses of Covid vaccine out of the total 10 lakh vaccines promised by India to Afghanistan.

  • India does not recognise the Taliban government in Afghanistan which came to power after the Ashraf Ghani government fled from Kabul on 5 August 2020. Whatever assistance is provided by the Indian government to Afghanistan is through a neutral partylike the UN or its agencies. 

WFP

The World Food Programme(WFP) is the largest humanitarian agency of the United Nation. 

  • It provides food to people displaced by conflicts and made destitute by disasters.

  • It provides food to children in poor countries through school feeding programmes 

  • It helps countries and communities to prepare and cope with climate related changes.

  • It helps the small farmers in improving productivity. 

WFP headquarters : Rome 

It was founded in 1961 

It won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Chairman : David Beasley 

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