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Head of Liaison Office in London
Gregory Barrow heads WFP's liaison office in London. Before joining WFP, Greg worked for 14 years as a TV and radio journalist for the BBC.
In Guatemala, WFP’s vital programme providing nutritious food supplements to 100,000 children and 50,000 pregnant and lactating women, is hanging by a thread.
16 month-old Francisca Casiano is strong and healthy unlike so many Guatemalan children – almost half of whom are chronically malnourished.
Monthly rations of nutritious Vitacereal have given her the chance to develop properly – to avoid the physical and mental stunting that blights the lives of so many children from poor communities like hers.
But her health – and with it her hopes of a better future – remains fragile. Vitacereal will be vital for Fracisca’s development until she turns three. Without it, she would become malnourished and start to grow more slowly.
With funds running out, WFP may have to cut the Vitacereal programme in October.
Fracisca will not get the nutrition she needs for her brain and body to reach their full potential – ruining her future and continuing to trap her in a cycle of acute poverty and hunger. Hungry Get Hungrier As Food Aid Funding Stutters