WFP calls for honouring Nelson Mandela by ending hunger

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The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin on Thursday called for honouring the late Nelson Mandela by ending hunger in our lifetime.

Ms. Cousin spoke in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania during the launch of a scheme to enable small farmers to have access to financial services such as bank accounts, short-term credits, small loans, savings and insurance.

The WFP Executive Director said the Financial Inclusion Framework launched by government and the Bank of Tanzania has the potential to impact lives of some of the poorest people in the world.

"We honoured this week, so many around the world President Nelson Mandela who, in his address to the World Food Programme several years ago noted that hunger is a moral issue. If we truly honour him, it is to end hunger in our lifetime. It is this type of tool here in Tanzania that will give us the ability to provide the support to those who are depending upon us to make life different for them." (27")

Ertharin Cousin said WFP and Rome-based agencies support the government's vision for all Tanzanians, particularly the most vulnerable and poor small farmers, to have access to financial services.

It is estimated that only 14 per cent of Tanzanians have access to bank services.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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