WFP Regional Director visits Liberia

APA-Monrovia (Liberia)

The regional director of the World Food Programme (WFP) for West and Central Africa, Abdou Dieng, arrived in Liberia on Sunday April 16 on a four-day visit.

While in Liberia, Dieng is expected to meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and an array of senior government officials, including Finance and Development Planning Minister Boima Kamara, Agriculture Minister Dr. Moses Zinnah and Dr. Amos Sawyer, who is convener of the ongoing Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review exercise, a government initiative facilitated by WFP, among other institutions.
Mr. Dieng will also hold discussions with development partners, including the European Union, USAID, the World Bank, officials of the embassies of Sweden and Germany, among others.
A WFP release said in addition to interacting with the United Nations country team, he will hold bilateral meetings with the special representative of the UN Secretary General for Liberia, Farid Zariff, and the deputy special representative and resident coordinator in Liberia, Yacoub El Hillo.
The WFP regional director will climax his visit on Wednesday April 19 with a tour of WFP and government of Liberia-supported projects, during which he will inspect the livelihoods improvement and food security and nutrition activities.
Mr. Dieng’s visit comes at a time when WFP, since September 2016, is providing technical support to the government of Liberia on the ongoing strategic review process, which is intended to drive Liberia to zero hunger status by 2030 under Goal No.2 of the Sustainable
Development Goals.
In 2016, WFP and the Ministry of Education increased the number of children receiving daily school meals from 127,000 to 300,000 in nine counties.

WFP and partners also introduced the home-grown school meals programme that provides locally-produced nutritious food items like eddoes, potatoes, and cassava as a way of diversifying meals for school children and boosting food production.

WFP further supports rural women farmers under its livelihoods and market promotions programme by injecting money, agricultural tools and skills into their businesses and linking them to the schools meals scheme.
As regional director for West and Central Africa, Mr. Dieng oversees about 20 West and Central African countries with nearly 40 active operations, including three regional emergencies.


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