What is Annapurti?

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A demonstration of the Automated Multi-Commodity Grain Dispensing Machine – ‘Annapurti’ was recently conducted during the ‘National Conference of Food Ministers of States/UTs’ organized by the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD).

About Annapurti:


  • GrainATM, Annapurti, is an automated multi-commodity dispensing solution that provides fast, clean, and precise access to commodities (rice, wheat, grains) to beneficiaries, post biometric authentication.
  • It is developed by World Food Programme (WFP) India .
  • GrainATM ensures 24×7 access to full entitlements for people entitled to monthly subsidized grains through India’s Public Distribution System.
  • Annapurti’ has potential use for food-based safety nets, food grain distribution during emergencies, and increasing market access for smallholder farmers.
  • Annapurti, which dispenses the type and quantity of the selected grain (wheat, rice or millet) commodity to each beneficiary after biometric authentication, does away with the possibility of spillage, waste and short-weighing.
  • Features:
    • Annapurti dispenses one or two grain commodities, up to 50 kilograms, in five minutes, with an error rate of 0.01 percent.
    • The entire solution, including the volume of the storage unit, is modular or easily assembled and can be put together depending on the amount of space available.
    • To ensure food security with efficient energy access, the machine has been designed to  consume only 0.6 Watt per hour.
    • It can also be attached to solar panels, inverter batteries and elevators for automatic refilling.


Q1) What is the World Food Programme?

World Food Programme (WFP), organization established in 1961 by the United Nations (UN) to help alleviate world hunger. Its headquarters are in Rome, Italy. In 2020 the World Food Programme (WFP) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace “for its efforts 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.”

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