World Food Programme Current Affairs

UN appoints David Beasley to head World Food Programme

United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres has appointed David Beasley as head of the Rome-based World Food Programme (WFP).

Beasley will replace Etharin Cousin, who has been the WFP executive director since 2012. He is former governor of US state of South Carolina.

About World Food Programme (WFP)

  • The WEF is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations.
  • It is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.
  • It works to help people who cannot produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families.
  • It was established in 1961 after the 1960 Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Conference.
  • Its headquarter is in Rome (Italy) and has more than 80 country offices around the world.
  • It provides food assistance to an average of 80 million people in 75 countries each year.
  • It is a member of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and part of its Executive Committee.

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