KINSHASA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, arrived today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a four-day mission, amid a continuing deterioration of the country’s humanitarian situation.
Mr. Beasley will assess the impact of conflict on food and nutrition security, and the efforts of WFP and other agencies to tackle persistent – and emerging – hunger.
On Saturday he will meet conflict-displaced families in the south-central Greater Kasai region, where more than three million people – one-quarter of the population – are severely food insecure in the wake of the eruption of violence in mid-2016.
On Sunday, in North Kivu province, Beasley will witness a food distribution for the long-term displaced and visit a centre providing nutritional support to women and children.
On Monday, following his return to Kinshasa, Beasley will exchange views with members of the government, senior UN officials, and representatives of the donor community.
Journalists will have the opportunity to interview Mr. Beasley.
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Gerald Bourke, WFP/Johannesburg (Mobile in Kinshasa: +27-829-081417)
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