Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn yesterday met with the newly appointed World Food Programme country director at the ministry, where they discussed WFP’s ongoing assistance to ensure school children receive nutritious meals.
Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Mr Sokhonn welcomed Nancy Walters to the role and spoke with her about the development of sustainable agriculture and food security in Cambodia.
“During the meeting, the foreign minister thanked the WFP for coming to the aid of Cambodia when its people were facing shortages of foods after the fall of the Khmer Rouge,” Mr Sounry added.
Mr Sounry said Mr Sokhonn also explained how the WFP has a key role to play in Cambodia’s development through school meal programmes that provide hot meals to students in rural schools for low-income families.
“The WFP said it will continue to work closely with the government and provide assistance to the country,” Mr Sounry noted.
The WFP has provided Cambodia with $189 million in aid since July 2011.
The funds have been used to improve drinking water, hygiene and sanitation in schools, as well as provided technical support to the government in scaling up its countrywide food assistance programmes and providing training to rural communities regarding climate change adaptation.