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WFP Executive Director Visits Africa To See Hunger Challenges And Solutions

[Editor’s note: after this press release was issued, the itinerary of Executive Director Cousin’s trip was revised. Her planned visit to Zimbabwe was postponed and her trip reduced to eight days, due to scheduling changes which required high-level meetings in Harare to be moved to a future date, yet to be determined.] ROME – The UN World Food Programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is scheduled to depart tomorrow on a 10-day visit to four African countries. Her trip to Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda will focus on hunger challenges and on WFP-supported local solutions that are helping battle under nutrition and build sustainable food security.

Blog From Pakistan—A Lesson In Resilience

On her recent visit to Pakistan, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin travelled to the Swat Valley, where breath-taking mountain views belie the humanitarian toll of natural disasters and conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan. In her latest blog from the field, Cousin describes how families are learning to protect themselves from hunger as they rebuild their lives.

Blog From Palestine--Peace And Food Security

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin recently travelled to Palestine where she met families struggling to make ends meet with high food prices and low wages. WFP is helping them meet their food needs, but what these families really want are opportunities to provide for themselves.

Paving The Way Towards An African Renaissance

Leaders from across Africa and the humanitarian world met in Addis Ababa this week to discuss a “unified approach” to ending hunger on the continent by 2025. WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, who attended the high-level meeting, says understanding the linkages between issues like hunger, health and poverty is crucial to finding a solution.

WFP and FAO Explore New Cooperation With Israel On Smart Solutions For Increasing Global Food Production

JERUSALEM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, following her recent visit to Israel, joins with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in confirming the potential opportunity to transfer technology and innovations in agriculture to countries in the world where families live on the edge of hunger, and their resilience is tested by crisis including drought and floods.