ROME – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has today begun a three-day visit to the neighbouring countries of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.
Cousin starts her trip in Khartoum, meeting senior government officials, donor representatives and WFP staff. Sudan is one of WFP’s largest and most complex operations – providing food assistance to more than 4 million people affected by conflict, displacement and chronic under-nourishment.
On Tuesday, she will head to the Republic of South Sudan, where she will meet senior government officials in Juba, WFP staff and representatives of donors and partner organizations.
The following day, Wednesday, if weather permits, she plans to travel to the town of Bor in Jonglei State, where WFP has been assisting 330,000 residents and returnees with skills training and ‘food for assets’ programmes to help people improve their livelihoods and build community infrastructure such as dikes and dry-season roads.
WFP has expanded assistance to the most vulnerable throughout the country, aiming to reach 2.9 million people over the course of the year. A series of airdrops are being planned for South Sudan in the coming weeks, to transport urgently-needed food to communities and refugee settlements that are virtually unreachable due to the on-going rainy season.
For more information please contact (email address: email@example.com):
Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Mob. +249 912 002114 and +249 912 174 853
George Fominyen, WFP/Juba, Mob. +211 922 465 247
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi currently in Juba, Mob. +254 707 722 104
Gregory Barrow, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2330, Mob. +39 348 1325018
Caroline Hurford, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112
Rene McGuffin, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 6530010 ext. 1149, Mob. +1 202 4223383