Press Releases - From Embassy
Press Release No.4
NEW DELHI: 8th March, 2010
GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN EXTENDS US$750,000 FUND FOR NUTRITION STRATEGY IN MADHYA PRADESH, INDIA
With its commitment towards the eradication of global hunger and malnutrition, the Government of Japan has decided to allocate US$ 750,000 to a fast-track nutrition strategy in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in response to a request from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The allocation is made from Japan’s WFP International Emergency Food Reserve (IEFR).
The fund extended from Japan to WFP will be used to train local women in rural Madhya Pradesh to deliver improved services such as vaccination for infants, supplementary nutrition to curb malnutrition, improved school enrolment, sanitation and hygiene awareness to local communities. The project aims to generate employment opportunities for the community members by building their capacity so that they themselves become agents of change.
The Government of Japan has also implemented "Reproductive Health Project in Madhya Pradesh" since 2007. The two health-related projects are expected to collaborate mutually and contribute to the improvement of the condition of health and nutrition in Madhya Pradesh.