THE U.S. ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Today, the U.S. government announced nearly $67 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the DRC Humanitarian Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland. With the assistance announced today, the United States is providing food, protection, shelter, health care, and other urgent aid for vulnerable Congolese and ...
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Press Release: Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Adoption of a UN Security Council Statement on Famine

“Famine is an issue of peace and security. With the adoption of this statement, the Security Council has finally acknowledged the clear link between conflict and famine. This is a man-made crisis, and people are dying of hunger because of man-made ‎conflict.‎ The Security Council must continue to demand access for ‎food and other life-saving ...
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U.S. ANNOUNCES $169 MILLION IN NEW HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR ETHIOPIA AND KENYA

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release August 3, 2017   PRESS RELEASE U.S. Announces $169 Million in New Humanitarian Assistance for Ethiopia and Kenya Today the United States announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to support those in Ethiopia and Kenya who are experiencing the effects of prolonged ...
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UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL $639 MILLION ASSISTANCE TO PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FOOD INSECURITY AND VIOLENCE

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
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Statement From Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Release of World Food Program Aid Worker Peter Alex From South Sudan

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS IN NEW YORK Office of the Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 4, 2017  Statement From Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Release of World Food Program Aid Worker Peter Alex From South Sudan We are relieved to learn that Peter Alex, a World Food Program aid ...
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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Yemen

Today the United States announced nearly $94 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Yemen, who have suffered through two years of civil war and are experiencing the largest food security emergency in the world. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to nearly $526 million since the 2016 fiscal ...
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The United States has ratified the FAO Port State Measures Agreement

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, David Lane, on March 7, formally presented Jose Graziano Da Silva, Director General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the United States’ instrument of ratification of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing .  The United States became the 22nd nation to ratify the treaty when President Barack Obama ...
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U.S. Announces Partnership with Thirty Nations on Global Health Security Agenda

On November 16, President Barack Obama announced that the United States and 30 countries have made a commitment to work together to achieve the targets of the Global Health Security Agenda.  Together, we will partner with the 30 other nations to develop global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to future disease outbreaks.  The U.S. ...
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Food and Nutrition Security Media Reporting Tour to Tajikistan Report

David Lane,  the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome traveled in Tajikistan May 11-15, to observe the challenges and progress being made in food and nutrition security there.  While there, he visited project sites supported by the World Food Programme, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies to lead journalists on a visit to Tajikistan

Rome, Italy – Ambassador David Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Tajikistan from May 11-16, 2015.  Together with U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan Susan Elliott, he will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to ...
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Ambassador David Lane Accompanies WFP Executive Director on Visit to South Sudan

David Lane, the United States Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, is accompanying Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on a three-day trip to South Sudan. They are visiting to get an update on the troubling food security situation and to raise awareness of the plight of ...
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Ambassador Lane and Regional Journalists View Agricultural Development in Burkina Faso

On September 20, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies in Rome David Lane completed a five-day trip in Burkina Faso where he met with farmers, government officials and representatives of non-governmental programs working to improve food security.  During the visit, he viewed sites supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. ...
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U.S. Welcomes Ongoing Negotiations on Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems at the UN Committee on World Food Security

The United States is pleased to participate in negotiations on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) next week as part of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome.  These multi-stakeholder negotiations are intended to finalize critical principles that will help guide ...
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USUN Rome Ambassador David Lane Joins CARE Trip to Guatemala and Honduras to Explore Global Hunger Issues

Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Agencies in Rome, traveled with the global poverty-fighting organization CARE to Guatemala and Honduras from April 21 – 24, 2014. CARE’s four-day Learning Tour allowed Ambassador Lane and other delegation members to visit food and nutrition security programs in the region, including those ...
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USAID Announces Rise: A New Initiative to Build Resilience in West Africa’s Sahel

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative. RISE commits more than $130 million over the first two years of a five-year effort ...
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Press Conference by David Lane, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome

Thank you all for joining us today to discuss challenges and progress being made in food security and nutrition in Cambodia.  As the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, I am especially pleased to be joined today by the World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director GianPietro Bordignon, the Food ...
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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies to visit Tanzania and Malawi

Ambassador David J. Lane, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome, will travel to Tanzania and Malawi from January 7 – 15, 2013.  He will visit rural communities and observe how the United States and the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies collaborate to support farmers, businesses and government officials ...
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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for the Syrian Crisis

Today Secretary Clinton announced that the United States is providing $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those affected by the conflict in Syria. With this new assistance, the United States is providing nearly $200 million in humanitarian aid to help those suffering as a result of the Assad regime’s violence inside Syria and ...
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United States, as chair of the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System Group, Confirms Agricultural Commodity Markets are Functioning

The United States, as Chair of the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) group, has consulted with G-20 and other experts at the October 3-4 regularly scheduled AMIS meeting in Rome. The U.S. concurs in the judgment of the G-20 AMIS representatives that in light of the information available to us today, agricultural commodity markets ...
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White House on $12 Million More for Aid to Syria

Today, on behalf of the American people, the President approved an additional $12 million in U.S. humanitarian assistance to support those most affected by the crisis in Syria. After nearly 17 months of conflict, the humanitarian situation is dire and rapidly deteriorating. The United Nations estimates that over 1.5 million people in Syria are in ...
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U.S. Increases Emergency Assistance to the Sahel

The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help those most in need in the wake of the drought gripping the Sahel region of West Africa, Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced in Rome today.  This new ...
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U.S. Government Donates $30 Million to WFP’s Emergency Operation in South Sudan

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced it will provide emergency relief to assist conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan. The $30 million contribution will be delivered through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The assistance is in response to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South ...
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Global Leaders to Launch G8 Food Security Agenda at May 18 Symposium

On May 18, 2012, President Barack Obama, with G8 and African leaders, businesses, international organizations and civil society will convene in Washington, D.C. to discuss new activities to advance global agricultural development, food and nutrition security in Africa.  The event, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, ...
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UN Committee on World Food Security Approves Landmark Global Guidelines on Land Governance to Address Hunger and Sustainable Development

ROME – Today the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), headquartered in Rome and sponsored by the three Rome-based United Nations organizations – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) – formally endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security . The U.S. Government welcomes and supports the ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Horn of Africa Humanitarian Crisis

In 2011, the worst drought in 60 years struck the Horn of Africa.  The United Nations declared famine in six regions of Somalia, threatening the lives of over 250,000 Somalis, and requiring urgent humanitarian assistance for more than 13.3 million people in Ethiopia, Kenya and other parts of Somalia.  The international community responded and famine ...
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El Salvador Becomes IDLO’s 27th Member Party

The International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Director General Irene Khan warmly welcomed El Salvador as IDLO’s 27th Member Party, at a signing ceremony today at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “El Salvador’s accession to IDLO is a sign of the continued support and commitment of governments to promote good governance around the world,” said ...
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U.S.-Chaired Negotiations to Address Food Security Reach Successful Conclusion

Late last Friday night (March 9, 2012), the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open Ended Working Group on the Voluntary Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security completed negotiations. This conclusion represents the culmination of over two years of work to ...
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U.S. Food and Agriculture Ambassador Ertharin Cousin Attends the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea

Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Food and Agriculture agencies in Rome (USUN Rome), will attend the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, Korea from November 29–December 1, 2011 as part of a delegation led by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and including USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the World Food Programme

Today we celebrate the founding of the World Food Programme (WFP) 50 years ago, and take the occasion to renew our commitment to WFP’s mandate of saving, restoring and rebuilding lives around the world.  The United States played a critical role in the establishment of WFP when, in 1961, George McGovern, then the director of ...
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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin World Food Programme Executive Board Second Regular Session

Thank you, Mr. President. Let me join Brazil in recognizing the address of His Excellency President Napolitano as delivered by Ambassador Sebastiani, as well as the presence of High Commissioner Guterres.  Their words today are a testament to their strong partnership with and high regard for WFP. As noted by you, Madame Executive Director, 2011 ...
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Peace Corps Strengthens Global Partnership with FAO and WFP

The Peace Corps joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations ( FAO ) and the World Food Programme ( WFP ), and pledged to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide. Today, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams, FAO Deputy Director-General for Operations Manoj Juneja (representing Director-General Jacques ...
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The U.S. Remains Committed to Protecting the Land Rights of People Around the World

The United States government commends the United Nations Committee on Food Security (CFS) for the extraordinary work that it has done on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Lands, Fisheries and Forests, achieving consensus on approximately seventy percent of the document during the July and October negotiations. The U.S. government has dedicated substantial resources to the negotiation process and remains ...
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U. S. Government Provides $1.5 million to FAO for Somalia Food Security Nutrition and Analysis Unit (FSNAU)

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $1.5 million to support the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit (FSNAU) for Somalia Nancy Lindborg, the USAID Assistant Administrator for the ...
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Joint Statement by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies Ertharin Cousin

Rome – We would like to congratulate Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva of Brazil on his election as the next Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Dr. Graziano da Silva follows the current Director General Jacques Diouf, who helped usher in a process of renewal and reform that is transforming the ...
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Statement by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the occasion of EuroPride Roma 2011

I and all the members of the USUN Rome Mission team proudly take this opportunity to honor all our United States Government LGBT colleagues.  As President Barack Obama reminded us at the beginning of June, this is an occasion to “rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or ...
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The United States and Brazil Partner to Provide Urgently Needed Somalia Food Relief

As humanitarian conditions continue to deteriorate in Somalia due to severe drought and ongoing instability, the United States, Spain, New Zealand, and other multilateral donors join Brazil in providing urgent food assistance to Somalis in need. The United States has contributed $14.5 million in cash to the World Food Programme in the first “twinning” effort ...
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U.S. Government Partners with IDLO to Improve Training for Legal Professionals in Southern Sudan

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) contributed $2 million to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) for an innovative legal education program in southern Sudan.  The program will develop key training institutions for legal professionals in southern Sudan, as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to assist ...
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U.S. Government Provides $3.35 Million for WFP Logistics Operations in Africa

The United States Government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), contributed an additional $3.35 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operations in Chad ($2 million) and the Central African Republic ($750,000), as well as WFP’s Special Operation augmenting ...
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U.S. Government Provides $800,000 to FAO for Sri Lanka Flood Relief

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $800,000 to respond to floods in Sri Lanka. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, saying, ...
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U.S. Government Provides $650,000 to FAO for Afghanistan Food Security Coordination

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $650,000 for food security activities in Afghanistan. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed the contribution, saying, “FAO ...
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U.S. Government Provides $400,000 to FAO for Niger Agriculture and Food Security Coordination

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), finalized an agreement to provide the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) with $400,000 to respond to the ongoing food security crisis in Niger. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Agencies in Rome, Ertharin Cousin, welcomed ...
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The United States of America Assumes IDLO Presidency

The United States of America (USA) assumed the Presidency and the State of Kuwait assumed the Vice Presidency of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO ) Assembly of Parties on March 23. Upon accepting this new leadership role, the United States presided over an extraordinary session convened Wednesday when the Organization’s 23 Members met at the Italian Ministry of Foreign ...
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U.S. Government Provides $12 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to WFP for IDP and Refugee Operations in Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia

The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), contributed $12 million to support the World Food Programme’s (WFP) internally displaced persons and refugee operations in Cote d’Ivoire ($4.5 million) and Liberia ($7.5 million). In Cote d’Ivoire, WFP will address the 180-day food needs of approximately ...
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U.S. Government Provides $10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to WFP Libyan Crisis Operations

In response to the Libyan crisis, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), has donated $10 million to support World Food Programme (WFP) emergency food operations. This contribution, which represents more than a quarter of the $39.2 million requested for the WFP’s component of ...
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USUN Welcomes Dina Esposito, Newly Appointed Director of the USAID Office of Food for Peace

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Agencies (USUN) was pleased to welcome Ms. Dina Esposito, newly appointed Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace, who attended her first World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Board in Rome, Italy February 14-16. Providing over $1 billion ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin on the occasion of the 34th session of the IFAD Governing Council

Mr. President, Mr. Chairman, Governors, and Distinguished Guests, it is my pleasure to represent the United States at this Thirty-Fourth Session of the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s (IFAD) Governing Council. The United States remains a strong and dedicated supporter of IFAD and its mission. While the international community has made some progress, unfortunately as we are all too well aware, ...
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Opening Intervention by Ambassador Ertharin Cousin WFP Executive Board First Regular Session

Congratulations to you, my friend, Agnes and to all the other newly elected members of the Executive Board Bureau. I and the other members of the U.S. team look forward to working closely with you as we work to collectively advance our efforts to achieve global food and nutrition security. Thank you Executive Director for ...
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FAO Briefing on International Year of Forests 2011

The United Nations General Assembly’s goal this year is to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation, and sustainable development of all of the world’s forests. On February 9 th the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) presented a briefing on its recent publication State of the World’s Forests to mark 2011 as the International Year of Forests at their Rome headquarters. ...
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U.S Delegation sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI)

A U.S. government delegation with representatives from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) participated in and sponsored several side events during the bi-annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization – Committee on Fisheries week (FAO-COFI). COFI, a subsidiary body of the FAO Council, was established by the FAO Conference at its Thirteenth Session in 1965.  The ...
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Ambassador Cousin visits Kenya and Uganda

On January 20, 2011, at the World Food Program (WFP) headquarters, Ambassador Cousin and Franklin Moore, Senior Development Officer briefed the Permanent Representatives for Uganda, Ambassador Rwabita and Kenya, Ambassador Gaita; WFP senior officials; the WFP Uganda Country Director; and a representative from the WFP Kenya Country Office on their recent trip to Kenya and ...
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