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WFP Executive Director To Visit Lao PDR

WFP Executive Director To Visit Lao PDR
VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms Ertharin Cousin, is to make an official visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 28-30 November.

Cousin, who has been at the helm of WFP since April 2012, is visiting Lao PDR in order to witness the progress that has been made towards achieving Zero Hunger in recent years, to better understand the challenges still ahead, and to see how WFP can support Lao PDR in achieving Middle Income Country status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

Cousin’s visit comes in the context of a study launched last month on what it will take for Lao PDR to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, which is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

The independent review was led by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and executed by a team of national and international experts, and guided by inputs from stakeholders across the country.

During her visit Cousin will meet with high-level government officials as well as members of the international community. She will also travel to remote areas of the country to see how WFP is working with partners in rural villages to support communities in achieving food and nutrition security.

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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 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP/Vientiane, tel. +856 20 55520706, sarah.gordon-gibson@wfp,org
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, tel. +6681-701-9208, silke.buhr@wfp.org