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European Union And World Food Programme Sign Agreement To Enhance Food And Nutrition In Guinea-Bissau

"The European Union’s contribution is timely, given that the cashew campaign is at risk again in 2014, and almost all Guinean families depend on income from cashew nuts for their livelihood," said WFP Representative, Ussama Osman. "Decreased revenues will have an impact on the ability of small producers to purchase food." The contribution from the European Union will be used by WFP to provide food during three years to about 56,000 beneficiaries, mainly malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women, tuberculosis patients and their families countrywide. In addition to providing food to the poor and vulnerable, the European Union will fund an effective monitoring system and an early warning mechanism for food crises. Activities will be conducted in partnership with Non-Governmental Organizations, Community-Based Organizations and partners of the Food Security and Nutrition Group (GSAN) of Guinea-Bissau. Ambassador Gonzalez-Ducay concluded by highlighting that "the eradication of hunger is an essential element in the fight against poverty, which lies at the foundation of the strategy of the European Union for development. The decision to establish the UE-AINDA programme, which will address both hunger and poverty, and to entrust the execution of a key component to WFP is another example of the continuing commitment of the European Union towards the people of Guinea-Bissau." This program is financed by the European Union European Union Delegation for Guinea-Bissau Bairro da Penha, Bissau http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/guinea_bissau/index_pt.htm Mail:delegation-guinee-bissau@eeas.europa.eu Telef: (245) 3251469-70-71 This programme is implemented by WFP World Food Programme Praça Titina Silá – BP 622 Bissau http://www.wfp.org/countries/guinea-bissau Mail: wfp.bissau@wfp.org Tel: +245 320 1110