Last week Honduran First Lady, Ana de Hernández, met with The World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto, and WFP Representative to Honduras, Pasqualina Di Sirio. The aim of the meeting was to strengthen the long-standing relationship that WFP has had with the Government of Honduras for over 40 years.
This anticipated meeting, scheduled more than a month ago, allowed the international officer to inform the First Lady of the Regional Bureau’s actions that aim to strengthen local programmes and projects that WFP has implemented in Honduras. The annual contribution of the agency in the country is that of 15 million dollars in programs and projects, destined assist approximately 400,000 of Honduras’s most impoverished people.
The Civil Servants discussed a number of important topics, including agroforestry projects and resiliency to climate change programmes, these projects assist families that are living with food insecurity, such programmes act as a catalyst for development. Furthermore, a particular project that the Government of Honduras has highlighted the importance of is the School Feeding Programme, this programme does not only ensure that children are well nourished in school, but it strengthens the local economy. Products for the school meals are purchased from smallholder farmers.
To date, through WFP’s Purchase for Progress (P4P), 28 thousand metric tons of maize and beans have been purchased from smallholders for the Honduran Government’s School Feeding Programme.
The First Lady expressed her commitment to projects supporting the children of Honduras and her desire to strengthen these programmes and projects aimed at early childhood (first 1,000 days of life) development that WFP has been implementing in the country for several years, especially in the “dry corridor” region of Honduras.