Executive Director's Videos

“What I've seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Filipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they're asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives," Erharin Cousin said, after helping to distribute High Energy Biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre. DONATE NOW

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin recently visited Yemen, a country with the some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world, where WFP is assisting upwards of 5 million people. There together with UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, the two agency heads urged donors to provide more support for humanitarian work in the country.

During her August 27-29  visit to Iraq, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with refugees who've flooded across the border with Syria by the thousands in recent weeks. In addition to meeting the immediate needs of refugees from Syria, Cousin stressed the importance of supporting them in the long-term with innovative forms of assistance such as food vouchers.

In the past three years, WFP has injected more than US$100 million into the Palestinian economy. It has done this by purchasing food for its assistance programmes from local producers and by investing in electronic food voucher programmes. During a visit to the Palestinian city of Jericho, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met shoppers using the electronic vouchers to buy olive oil, salt and other groceries. Most of the food items are produced locally, so the programme helps support local businesses and generates employment. WFP reaches approximately 650,000 food-insecure, non-refugee households in Palestine – the poorest of the poor.