United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and the leaders of Venezuela came to an agreement to provide food to school children across the South American country grappling with food insecurity.
“This agreement with the WFP to start operations in Venezuela is of vital importance,” says Feliciano Reyna, president of Accion Solidaria, an aid group which focuses on HIV/AIDS treatment and other medical relief. “We hope it will build trust to broaden its areas of action.”
Some 185,000 students will benefit from the food assistance programme by the end of 2021, and 1.5 million by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. The WFP has an annual budget of $190 million for this programme. Venezuelan aid workers and activists applaud this agreement that will help children dealing with the humanitarian crisis that followed the country’s economic collapse.