Executive Director's Videos

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.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin delivers a message on the publication in Uganda of The Cost Of Hunger In Africa report, which measures the economic cost of malnutrition in the region for the first time. Uganda was the first country to release its version of the study, which is being conducted in a total of 12 countries across the continent.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin explains why school meals programmes are such a fundamental part of WFP's work.

During her recent trip to Mali, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with families forced from their homes by the ongoing violence in the country's north. She also called on the international community not to forget abouty the people affected by the fighting and to continue supporting humanitarian efforts to assist them.

WFP is reaching about 1.5 million people a month inside Syria with vital food assistance and is also helping the hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled into neighbouring countries.