Head of UN food agency concludes visit to Tanzania

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Ertharin Cousin

The head of the UN food agency wrapped up a two-day visit to Tanzania on Wednesday.

During her visit, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, met with Tanzanian leaders to discuss WFP's work in the East African country.

In the capital, Dar-es-Salaam, Ms Cousin visited the logistical hub at the port which, she says, is critical to her agency's work in Africa.

"This was important for us to see what the future is for this port, to see not only what's happening at the port but a discussion regarding the transportation system that will ensure that once we get it here we can deliver it to the places where it's needed. This is the beginning of a very strong partnership that I foresee will be one that is beneficial not only to, as I said to WFP and our recipients but to the people of Tanzania." (29")

The WFP's programmes in Tanzania include school meals for over half a million primary school children and the provision of food to poor people, work on infrastructure projects such as irrigation and water conservation.

The agency is also providing food for over 80,000 refugees and members of host communities in north-western Tanzania.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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