Prime Minister Hun Sen asked the World Food Programme (WFP) to end its project, which provides nutritional school meals to schools in rural areas, in 2021. He stated that the government will take over feeding the almost quarter million school children.
He spoke of this on Thursday at the closing ceremony of an annual conference on decentralization.
The Prime Minister said that he had spoken with representatives of the UN, and of the WTF on Tuesday, about taking over the provision of healthy meals to rural Cambodia pre- and primary school students in 2021. This project has been run by the WTF since 2008.
Mr Hun Sen explained that, after several years of running the project, the WFP no longer has sufficient funding for it. The WFP had previously inquired if Cambodia could provide funds and rice to keep the project going, and the government agreed to grant rice. “So we talked and agreed that in 2021, the WFP will withdraw [from the project].”
This will make the distribution of rice easier and faster because the government will transfer the rice directly to the appropriate schools.