Bhubaneswar: The World Food Programme (WFP) won the prestigious 2020 Nobel Peace Prize for its effort to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict. Amid the ongoing pandemic, WFP country director Bishow Parajuli said that their prime focus is to improve the food situation.
Parajuli said to PTI that winning the Nobel is a “great recognition” not only to WFP but also to governments across the world, including in India. He added that this further strengthens the organisation’s relationship with India where it has been working for around five decades in various programmes related to food and nutrition security, reported the Business Standard.
“The Indian government has always been appreciative of our work and we hope it will further value us with this recognition,” Parajuli said to the national daily.
Elaborating on the WFP’s work in India, he said in the last 10 years or so the organisation has shifted its focus in four areas in particular – one is nutrition where India still faces a challenge. They have been working on improving the food quality at the grass root levels.
Noting that India has many success stories to share with the world, Parajuli said the WFP in India is also bringing exchanges of India with other neighbouring countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Parajauli said that the loss of livelihood and in turn loss of food was the biggest threat. He suggested Governments to not only provide optimum support but also focus on employment schemes and job opportunities.