The First Lady of Honduras, Rosa Elena de Lobo, was the honour witness during the signing ceremony of an agreement between World Food Programme (WFP) and the Sugar Industry Foundation ( FUNAZUCAR).
TEGUCIGALPA. - WFP Representative, Miguel Barreto, highlighted the importance of this agreement by stating that it has been created with the purpose of strengthening the Vulnerable Groups Support Programme (mothers, and children under the age of 2) which is part of the “First 1000 Days” strategy, that WFP implements in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health among the 47 most poverty-stricken departments of the country.
The main purpose of this agreement is to provide and include sugar in the supplementary feeding basket provided and delivered by WFP to more than 20,300 beneficiaries (some 16,469 boys and girls under the age of 5, and some 3,879 pregnant and nursing women, which are considered the most vulnerable groups). Approximately 101,700 people are indirect beneficiaries of this programme.
The WFP along with Canada, and its respective private donors, invests annually around 85 million Lempiras (more than USD 4 million) in this nutritional support programme, which is also part of the Multi-Year Investment Programme in Honduras until the year 2016.
FUNAZUCAR has the social responsibility of supporting Honduras’ children below 5 years of age, said President of FUNAZUCAR, Robert Vinelli. He stated that the foundation is aware that a joint effort will help to promote health and nutrition, and also support the fight against child hunger and undernutrition in areas where FUNAZUCAR works. Recently FUNAZUCAR donated some 40 metric tons of sugar, valued at USD30,000 to contribute to the fight against hunger.