During a public event in Riberalta, Beni, Bolivia President, Evo Morales, commended the improvements within the national capacities to deal with emergencies and the collaboration with WFP.
During an agricultural inputs and seeds distribution ceremony that will complement WFP’s Food for Work programme in the Amazonian city of Riberalta, Beni province, the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales commended the improvements within the government’s capacity to deal with emergencies in mist of severe floods that have adversely affected most of the South American nation. At the same time, President Morales thanked WFP for its support and collaboration in saving lives during the most critical stage of the emergency. He also honored WFP’s work during the aftermath and the current recovery phase. He mentioned that all help is welcome, especially if it aims to save lives and help families get back on their feet, without creating dependency.
Before President Morales’ speech and while the agricultural inputs were being distributed to farming and indigenous families, the Minister of Rural Development and Land, Nemesia Achacollo, explained WFP’s effort to rebuild the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and indigenous communities through the Food for Work programmes.
WFP's support went to 15,000 families – about 75,000 people- whose farming production assets were devastated by floods in 25 municipalities in the provinces of Beni, Pando, Cochabamba (Tropics) and La Paz (North). In addition to food assistance, WFP is providing technical assistance for the food security recovery strategy within the National Recovery Plan nicknamed "Patujú". The total value of the emergency operation launched by WFP is of four million dollars.