Kristalina Georgieva is today receiving Ertharin Cousin, the newly appointed Executive Director of the World Food Programme. The European Commission is one of Ms Cousin's first destinations in her new role, which underlines the importance of the partnership between the two organisations. The WFP is the Commission's largest partner in food assistance; last year, the Commission contributed €175 million to the WFP's projects around the world.
‘I am really looking forward to continuing the partnership with the WFP with Ms Cousin as its Executive Director. There is a lot of work that still needs to be done, in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and elsewhere. We have to continue our joint efforts with dedication because we owe it to the people in need. This is what European solidarity is all about,’ Commissioner Georgieva said.
A recent example of this solid partnership is the Sahel, where the Commission and the WFP work side-by-side to help the victims of the raging food crisis – particularly children and young mothers. The total EU contribution in response to the Sahel crisis has risen to €288 million since the beginning of 2012 as the EU works hard to help avoid a humanitarian crisis.