WFP Chief highlights school feeding in presentation at the Houses of Parliament

School children in Ghana

During her recent address at the Houses of Parliament, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin emphasised the role of school feeding programmes in promoting and encouraging social welfare and school attendance.  

Safety nets help facilitate access to food. School feeding programmes serve as safety nets attracting children into schools, particularly girls," said the Executive Director.  

Ms Cousin, was presenting at an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development during her recent trip to the United Kingdom.

She also outlined the innovative WFP "Purchase For Progress" Programme, which has seen 300,000 tonnes of food purchased from smallholders, ensuring a sustainable food sourcing programme and one that has an impact all along the value chain.

She continued that investing in biofortified and micronutrient enhanced crops will be one of the ways that smallholders can address the challenges posed by food and nutrition security. These activities, she described, ensure access to food. 

Her presentation also highlighted the importance of food and nutrition security amongst Parliamentarians and policy makers stressing that, "Political will provides energy required for food assistance".  She also commended the latest anti-poverty campaign by NGOs on their mass mobilisation around the upcoming G8 Presidency on ending hunger, through the "IF Campaign".

[Image Credit: The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development]

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Agriculture and Food for Development brings together Parliamentarians concerned with agriculture, nutrition and food security in the developing world. The Group promotes support for the developmental needs of the 450 million smallholder farmers who feed 2 billion people worldwide. It engenders progressive and informed debate within Westminster and beyond by bridging the gap between policy makers, agricultural development specialists and practitioners in the field.

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