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Haiti - Politic : Speeches of President Martelly to Rio+20 (AUDIO)
Speech of President Martelly
At Rio +20, the President also joined the World Food Programme (WFP) and FAO to announce the expansion of school feeding programs and also of prevention of chronic and acute malnutrition, while providing support to Haitian farmers to improve their market access.
"Our message during the Rio +20 conference is that there is no real sustainable development as food insecurity threatens populations. Before arriving to Rio, I visited Haiti and saw with my own eyes how the succession of emergencies and high food prices preventing the country from reaching its true potential, "said Ms. Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of WFP "the expansion of operations to strengthen the resilience of populations, including school feeding programs and of nutrition, is essential for a truly sustainable development in a country like Haiti."
"This kind of program is among those that Haiti needs to achieve sustainable development and of long-term, in order to achieve our objective of eradicating hunger by 2025," declared the President Martelly. "We particularly appreciate the efforts of WFP, which helps us to make of this objective a reality."
In Haiti, WFP is currently implementing nutrition programs, Cash for Work in order to improve irrigation infrastructure and of protection against flooding, and provides daily hot meals to 1.1 million children in the country by ensuring that more food is purchased locally from Haitians farmers. As an example of the way to follow, Ms. Cousin underlined the pilot project "Lèt Agogo" (milk) which, thanks to support from the Brazilian government and the support of partners such as FAO allows WFP to purchase sterilized milk from 13 dairies in Haiti. The milk is distributed to over 20,000 children in about sixty schools supported by the National School Feeding Programme (PNCS).
The Executive Director also urged the international community to provide a long-term support to the initiatives strengthening the resilience of Haiti "we need funding commitments over several years helping to build sustainable systems, that lead to stable results in the areas of nutrition and education and increase income levels in rural areas," declared Ms. Cousin.
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