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Statement at European Commission (11 May 2012)

During a meeting in Brussels with Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin thanked Europeans for the strong partnership between WFP and the EU. Here is her statement.

I’m honoured to be here in the capital of Europe with Commissioner Georgieva to reinforce and to draw attention to the strong partnership the EU and WFP have developed over the years. It's a partnership that delivers results and long-lasting impact.
I just came back from Niger where I saw first hand how ECHO’s support and technical expertise has allowed WFP to act in a timely way to make food available and prevent a crisis.
Thanks to the EU, WFP has been able to quickly scale up our activities. This is having an immediate impact on preserving people’s livelihoods and ensuring mothers and children have enough to eat every day.
Together, we are addressing food insecurity and malnutrition.  Entire communities are benefiting from our presence on the ground.  
We are bridging between much-needed relief and long-term development, which means we’re involving our colleagues from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and our partners from the EU’s Development Cooperation to help communities make a smooth transition from relief to recovery.  We are helping to build their resilience so that they are less  vulnerable to shocks, whether from drought or the result of rising food prices.
Recently, a generous contribution from ECHO has helped pay for the delivery of rice donated by Brazil, to feed people affected by the drought in the Sahel region of West Africa.  This kind of assistance is known as ‘twinning’ because it involves one donor linking their contribution to that of an emerging donor country – working together to fight hunger.    
By working together we achieve good value for its money. We’re not only receiving timely financial support from the EU, but WFP is able to rely on the EU’s humanitarian and development leadership to act quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
This partnership has shown to be valuable and it has shown to make a difference to millions of people around the world.  Thanks to all Europeans.