WFP chief stresses importance of food security to Pakistan's development

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Although Pakistan is a country of "rich potential," development there is being hampered because vulnerable people are struggling to meet their daily food needs.

That assessment comes from Ertharin Cousin, head of the World Food Programme (WFP), who concluded a two-day visit to the country on Monday.

Ms. Cousin said food security and good nutrition are the "bedrock" of progress, and she called for a renewed effort to address the food needs of Pakistanis affected by displacement, natural disasters and poverty.

The WFP chief also reaffirmed her agency's commitment to work with the government of Pakistan to achieve various goals, including eliminating chronic malnutrition.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 42"

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