GENEVA / VENEZUELA SCHOOL MEALS

20-Apr-2021 00:02:15
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Government of Venezuela to begin operations to provide the most vulnerable children in the South American country with nutritious school meals. UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / VENEZUELA SCHOOL MEALS
TRT: 2:15
SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 20 APRIL 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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20 APRIL 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations flag alley
2. Wide shot, dais with speakers in a near-empty Room XIV in line with COVID-19 distancing measures, Palais des Nations
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomson Phiri, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“After reaching an agreement with the government, WFP will start a humanitarian operation in Venezuela that will forecast on a school meals programme in areas that are most food insecure. Through a phased approach, WFP will aim to provide daily meals to 1.5 million students by the end of the 2022/2023 school year.”
4. Med shot, participant typing on phone, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomson Phiri, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“By the end of 2021, the World Food Programme operation will reach up to 185,000 children. WFP will also invest in the rehabilitation of school canteens and training of school staff on food safety practices as a means of reaching the wider community.”
6. Med wide shot, participants sitting in Room XIV, Palais des Nations
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomson Phiri, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“One out of three Venezuelans, which is about 32.3 per cent is food insecure today and they are in need of assistance. The signing allows the World Food Programme to set up a presence in Venezuela and to start our operation which is focusing on children and schools.”
8. Med wide shot, podium with speakers to rear, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomson Phiri, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“There are some eight million children under the age of 14 in Venezuela. Our plan through a phased approach is to reach 1.5 million children by the end of the 2022/2023 academic year. This will cost us; it will cost WFP approximately 190 million to effectively start and mount an effective response.”
10. Med shot, journalist taking notes, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tomson Phiri, spokesperson, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Our school meals programme are independent. They’ve always been and separate from any other interference. Not only in Venezuela, but elsewhere that we have worked.”
12. Med shot, spokesperson speaking on the podium, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
13. Med shot, journalist sitting in front of laptop, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
14. Wide shot, dais with speakers, side shot, Room XIV, Palais des Nations
STORYLINE
The United Nations' World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Government of Venezuela to begin operations to provide the most vulnerable children in the South American country with nutritious school meals.

The agency’s goal is to reach 185,000 students by year’s end and 1.5 million by the end of the 2022-2023 school year. It estimated the food assistance programme’s annual budget at 190 million USD.

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (20 Apr), WFP spokesperson Tomson Phiri said the Agency would also invest in the rehabilitation of school canteens and training of school staff on food safety practices “as a means of reaching the wider community.”

Phiri added, “Our school meals programmes are independent. They’ve always been and separate from any other interference. Not only in Venezuela, but elsewhere that we have worked.”

He said one out of three Venezuelans, “which is about 32.3 per cent is food insecure today and they are in need of assistance.” He noted that the agreement allows WFP to “set up a presence in Venezuela and to start our operation which is focusing on children and schools.”

The WFP spokesperson said there are some eight million children under the age of 14 in Venezuela; “our plan through a phased approach is to reach 1.5 million children by the end of the 2022/2023 academic year. This will cost us; it will cost WFP approximately 190 million to effectively start and mount an effective response.”

The WFP project comes amid a rise in child malnutrition linked to the spiralling economic crisis in the oil-rich country, soaring food prices and hyperinflation.

A joint analysis by WFP and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in October included Venezuela among 20 countries that were likely to face potential spikes in high acute food insecurity over the following three to six months requiring urgent attention.
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