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UN World Food Programme Executive Director To Visit Quake-Hit Nepal

UN World Food Programme Executive Director To Visit Quake-Hit Nepal
KATHMANDU – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, is travelling to Nepal today to see at first hand WFP’s operation to assist hundreds of thousands of survivors of the devastating earthquake that hit the country on 25 April.

While in Nepal, Cousin will meet with government officials and humanitarians involved in the relief effort. She will travel to remote locations where WFP is delivering food.

The visit comes after WFP issued an urgent appeal for US$116.5 million to provide food for 1.4 million people over the next three months. WFP, which is funded entirely by contributions from governments, companies and individuals, also needs an additional US$34 million to provide common logistics and telecommunications services for the humanitarian community. An online appeal has been launched at www.wfp.org/nepal .

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, Mob. +66-81-701-9208
Zoie Jones, WFP/Kathmandu, +39-342-902-5566
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2321, Mob. +39-346-7600-521
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993