Food for Work Enhancing Social Capital Building

March 30, 2005

  1. On March 30 2005 (Wednesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance of a total of 1,017,000 US dollars (approximately 107 million yen) through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Food for work enhancing social capital building" to be implemented in India by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

  2. In India, every third child is said to be born underweight and around half of the pre-school children are malnourished. Women, too, are said to often encounter greater discrimination to obtain access to education and health services, and suffer from lack of employment opportunities. This project will assist women in the villages of Koraput, Banwara and Surguja, in setting up Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs). WSHGs will help village women participate in the following activities:
    (1) Extending support to Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS)
    (2) Extending support to Mid Day Meal Scheme (MDM)
    (3) Extending support to Health Sub-Centre
    (4) Establishing Grain Banks

  3. The project is expected to facilitate women's participation in community activities as well as to empower the targeted communities.

The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted many UN agencies' projects and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.


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