Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new inter-agency study released today found a correlation between the prolonged droughts in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – exacerbated by El Niño phenomenon from 2014 to 2016 — and the increase in irregular migration from these countries to the United States of America.
GUATEMALA CITY – The President of the National Congress, Oscar Stuardo Chinchilla, members of Congress, and the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today signed a commitment to end the scourge of chronic malnutrition or stunting, which currently affects almost half of Guatemalan children and deprives the country of important human capital.
Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of life is crucial. This period, also known as the “Window of Opportunity”, is critical to prevent chronic malnutrition and its consequences. This study analyzes the dietary patterns of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children under two years in order to recognize the nutrient “gaps”, take action to “close them” and support the government to reduce chronic malnutrition, which affects 46.5% of the children in Guatemala.
SANTO DOMINGO – Startling figures were released today about the impact of micronutrient deficiencies, or “hidden hunger” during the opening of the First Regional Workshop on Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which aims to highlight rice fortification as a cost-effective strategy that can help countries achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UN meeting urges long-term development action for food security, safeguarding livelihoods
GUATEMALA CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) committed today to both assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti and building resilience against future climatic shocks.
PANAMA CITY – Some 2.3 million people in Central America, mostly subsistence farmers, day labourers and their families, will need food assistance because of significant crop losses due to prolonged drought exacerbated by the current El Niño event, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American State (OAS), Luis Almagro, today signed an agreement to intensify their joint efforts to improve the food security and nutrition of the people of the Americas.
LIMA –More than 200 participants including government representatives, regional and international school feeding experts, public and private organizations and associates, from 17 countries from the region, will participate in the VII School Feeding Seminar for LAC, which will be held from the 26th to the 28th of August 2015 in the Peruvian capital.
Panama City, August, 11, 2015 – For the second consecutive year, the vulnerable communities that live in the Dry Corridor of Central America are even more threatened as a consequence of the climatic conditions that affect the region.