WFP executive to visit Middle East

Ahram Online, Sunday 16 Jan 2011

World Food Program's executive director will meet officials and visit programs bringing food and jobs to Palestinians and Jordanians

The executive director of the UN's World Food Program (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will start a three day tour of Palestine, Israel, and Jordan on Monday, according to a press release issued by the program.

She will visit WFP projects in the area and meet with government officials during the trip. These projects cover school meals and electronic food vouchers in the West Bank. Food vouchers allow the program to address hunger when food is available but unaffordable.

According to the program, some 75,000 children in schools receive WFP snacks in the West Bank.   

Food for work projects were established in Jordan in 1997 and handed down to the government in 2008. Sheeran will also visit these.

The project currently contributes over 70 per cent of Jordan's olive oil production and thousands of job opportunities for local communities.

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