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Director General congratulates India’s food security efforts

Indian Minister presents National Food Security Act

FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, meeting with K. V. Thomas, Minister of State Independent Charge, India, FAO Headquarters

9 October 2013, Rome - FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva met Indian Minister of State from the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, K.V. Thomas, this week in Rome during the 40th Session of the Committee on World Food Security.

The Minister presented the India National Food Security Act, approved in August 2013, which will provide subsidised food grains to three fourths of rural population and half of the urban population in India besides promoting women empowerment.

The Director-General underlined that FAO believes that covering 67% of the population within a rights-based framework can greatly contribute to lifting the country’s 213 million food insecure people out of hunger, and secure progress towards eradicating undernourishment in India.

Graziano da Silva also highlighted the importance of the BRIC countries working together and invited India to continue their active role in FAO, where he would like to share India’s achievements with other member states and staff in the Organization. 

Listen to the audio interview
with H.E. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture for India.