WFP to run pilot project in Zimbabwe: official

Published on 13 March 2009

The World Food Program (WFP) will soon run a pilot project in Zimbabwe in which it would go into partnership with small scale farmers and buy produce from them, a senior WFP official said on Friday. Visiting WFP deputy executive director Sheila Sisulu said the world body will diversify and expand its programs to promote food self sufficiency in countries by moving away from being a mere aid organization to one that promotes food self sufficiency. [...] "We had a very good discussion with President Mugabe about the role of WFP," she said, adding that the meeting with Mugabe also touched on the need for the WFP to move to programs that promote self sufficiency. Sisulu arrived in the country on Monday and is expected to leave on Friday after a week long visit to the country where millions are depending on food aid for survival following consecutive years of poor harvests.

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