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Executive Director to visit WFP Operations in DPR Korea

ROME – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, will make an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 8-11 May.

“WFP has been working in DPR Korea for more than two decades, helping to strengthen food security in the country and provide nutritious food to women and children.  This week, I will visit schools and nurseries to meet some of the mothers and young children WFP is supporting, as well as to understand the needs of the operation, which at this point is under-funded.” 

During his visit, Beasley will have meetings with senior government officials in the capital Pyongyang and visit nutrition activities supported by WFP in nurseries and kindergartens.   

WFP aims to assist 650,000 women and children in DPR Korea every month, providing highly nutritious, fortified cereals and biscuits that can address their nutritional needs.  Funding shortfalls have meant that rations have had to be reduced and suspended in some cases.

Beasley’s visit to DPR Korea is part of a mission to South East Asia where he will also visit China, Japan and the Republic of Korea. 

The United Nations World Food Programme - saving lives in emergencies and changing lives for millions through sustainable development. WFP works in more than 80 countries around the world, feeding around 90 million people caught in conflict and disasters, and laying the foundations for a better future.

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For more information please contact (email address:
Gregory Barrow, WFP/Rome,  Mob +39 342 807 9718
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, Mob +66-81-701-9208