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16 Sep 2018, 00:28 ( 9 Months ago) | updated: 16 Sep 2018, 13:38 ( 9 Months ago)

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Executive Director of World Food Programme David Beasley. Photo Credit : FAO/IFAD/WFP/Luis Tato

World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley will visit Finland on 18-19 September, said a government press release.

During his visit to Finland, Beasley will have discussions with Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen.  He will also meet President Sauli Niinistö, members of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee and Finns participating in mediation tasks.

He will also learn about Finnish school meals. According to a recent UN report, global hunger continues to rise, and the factors behind this development often include a conflict or other instability. In developing countries, providing school meals is an effective means to improve educational achievement.

WFP is the leading international humanitarian organisation with an annual budget of USD six billion. The organisation delivers food assistance and works to improve nutrition and build resilience in developing countries and in emergencies. David Beasley of the United States was appointed to leadership of the organisation in April 2017.

WFP is the second biggest recipient of Finnish humanitarian assistance after the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

An agreement on allocation of EUR 32 million in core funding to WFP in 2018-2021 will be signed in connection with Beasley’s visit. In addition to the core funding, Finland has supported WFP’s operations this year in Syria and its neighbouring countries, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Yemen.