NUSADAILY.COM – CARACAS – The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) said on Monday (19/4) that it had reached an agreement on supplying food to Venezuelan schools.
The deal was put forward when WFP director David Beasley visited Caracas for a meeting with officials, including President Nicolas Maduro.
The food program will reach 185,000 children in crisis-stricken Venezuela this year, and is expected to increase to about 1.5 million by the end of the 2022-2023 school year, WFP said in a statement.
The problem of child malnutrition has increased in Venezuela as the country’s once prosperous economy dies.
Humanitarian aid groups have long urged maduro’s government to allow the WFP to distribute food aid in Venezuela.
The political opposition accuses Maduro’s government, which is branded a dictatorship, of making the country’s food aid for political allegiance, a claim Maduro denies.
“We believe schools are the most appropriate platform for WFP to reach out to communities independently,” Beasley said in the WFP release.
South American state television on Monday afternoon broadcast images of Beasley and Maduro shaking hands at miraflores presidential palace.
Venezuela’s foreign ministry said in a statement posted on its page that the meeting between officials and the WFP would “lead to the evaluation of food security in Venezuela, with the aim of estimating the needs and vulnerabilities of Venezuelan households.” (int2)