India and Afghanistan have signed a new agreement to donate 10,000 tonnes of wheat to WFP.

India has signed the second agreement with the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) under which it will donate another 10,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan.

The Government of India and the United Nations World Food Program signed a second “In-kind Contribution Agreement” between the two organizations – this one for the donation of next batch of 10,000 metric tons of wheat to Afghanistan.

India has intentions of providing Afghanistan with a total of 50,000 tonnes of wheat.

“As of now, the first tranche of 10,000 MTs of wheat has been successfully delivered to Afghanistan and delivery of the next batch of 10,000 MTs is in the process,” MEA said.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August that led to a humanitarian crisis. This has caused economic disarray and food shortages that have pushed the country closer to a humanitarian crisis.

Last week, V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs said India has historical and civilizational ties with Afghanistan. India’s development partnership with Afghanistan included projects spread across each of the 34 provinces of the country in critical areas such as power, water supply, road connectivity, health care, education, agriculture and capacity building.

India has contributed a lot to the humanitarian requirements of people in Afghanistan over the last two years. This includes 75,000 MTs of wheat (2020), COVID related medical supplies (June 2020) and 500,000 doses of COVID vaccine (January 2021).