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WFP Executive Director Attends Israeli Conference, Visits Innovative Food Assistance Programme In Palestine

JERUSALEM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Israel and the State of Palestine this week to attend a conference and visit WFP operations.

Feeding Mothers Saving Lives And Nourishing The Next Generation

"Providing women, particularly adolescent girls, with access to nutritious food cements the next generation’s opportunity for a healthy and productive future." Read More WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin 7 June 2013

ED Statement: International Community Must Focus On Reducing Food Loss On Farms

ROME – On a recent trip to Burkina Faso, I met many rural families struggling to recover from the effects of last year’s severe drought. Crops were destroyed, livestock were lost and hundreds of thousands were left hungry. Now these families are rebuilding their lives and learning to become more resilient to the next inevitable drought.

WFP Executive Director Begins Official Visit To France, A Longstanding Partner

PARIS – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, starts a two-day visit to Paris today. On her first official trip to France since becoming Executive Director last year, Cousin will meet with the Minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll and Minister for Development Pascal Canfin. She will also meet Paul Jean Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to President François Hollande and other high-level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to thank them for France’s unwavering efforts alongside WFP in the fight against hunger.

One Year After The Sahel Crisis, WFP Executive Director Visits Burkina Faso

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin visited Burkina Faso this month to look at the situation in the West African country one year after the region was hit by a severe food and nutrition crisis. WFP reached some 1.5 million people in Burkina with emergency food assistance as part of its response to  the region-wide Sahel crisis. For Burkina the effects of drought were compounded by an influx of Malian refugees fleeing conflict in their country.