WFP has appealed to the international community to support its efforts in helping to build peace and spur post conflict recovery in Cote d’Ivoire, where more than a million people, the majority of them children, stand to benefit from a new US$41 million food assistance operation launched earlier this month.
“WFP has the opportunity to make a real difference in the consolidation of peace and the return to prosperity in this dynamic country,” said WFP Cote d’Ivoire Country Director Abdou Dieng.
“Nine percent of the people here do not have enough food to feed themselves properly and another 20 per cent are only just getting by.”
“Hungry people will not be able to play a full part in any future prosperity,” he added. “Ending hunger here is a major priority which requires international support.”
Once a stable, economic powerhouse in West Africa, in 2002 Cote d’Ivoire was effectively cut in two by an armed rebellion. With a power-sharing deal in place since March this year, WFP operations are now focused on supporting the post-conflict recovery process.
Hungry people will not be able to play a full part in any future prosperity
WFP Cote d’Ivoire Country Director Abdou Dieng
er the new programme, WFP will be providing cooked school meals to 580,000 primary school children across the country, as well as additional rations for girls to take home as an incentive to their parents to send them to school.
Agriculture and infrastructure rehabilitation projects and skills training will benefit a further 90,000 people, while 47,000 needy children, mothers and HIV-affected people will receive food to improve their nutrition levels. An additional 17,000 displaced Ivorians will continue to receive food assistance