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WFP and OAS Team Up to Work on Migration, Protection, and Preparedness in the Americas

  September 17, 2015

OEA UN World Food Programme

The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American State (OAS), Luis Almagro, today signed an agreement to intensify their joint efforts to improve the food security and nutrition of the people of the Americas.

Almagro and Cousin discussed future collaboration on issues of migration, social protection, and emergency preparedness and response to promote the inclusion of food security and nutrition in the Inter-American dialogue. They also agreed to promote debate in OAS forums on the reinforcement of social-protection systems to mitigate and offset the impact of shocks.

Upon signing the agreement, Secretary General Almagro highlighted that “this is not a problem specific to any one country, it is a problem and responsibility that affects us all, and therefore demands a united response. In the Americas, we can provide an example of civility and humanism, and indeed it is our duty to advocate for such an approach.”

Also today, WFP and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released the results of an exploratory study into the links between hunger, violence, and migration, particularly in the Northern Triangle of Central America. One of the recommendations of researchers, among them scholars from the London School of Economics and Political Science, is to address many unanswered questions by reaching out to other international actors for their support in further research.

More information available here.

Reference: E-235/15