Phnom Penh – UN Messenger for Peace, Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein this week completed a visit to WFP and IFAD sites in Cambodia.
Princess Haya visited Prolit primary school in Pouk district, Siem Reap province, to observe WFP’s school feeding programme, and Wat Reul pagoda, where she met mothers and babies who receive monthly food transfers and nutrition counselling as part of WFP’s maternal and child health programme. She also visited Thnal Chek village, accompanied by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, where she met the Sautr Nikum Rice Seed Producers’ Association supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
"About 1.7 million people in Cambodia, roughly 12 percent of the population, are food-insecure,” said Princess Haya. “Much has been achieved in recent years, but my meetings with mothers and children offered a clear reminder that there is still much more to do. I hope that together with the Royal Government of Cambodia and UN agencies, we can alleviate hunger and poverty across the country.”
WFP’s school meals programme in Cambodia reaches over half a million children with a hot daily breakfast of rice, fish and pulses throughout the school year. It encourages children to come to school, helps them concentrate on lessons, provides essential nutrients and acts as a vital social safety net. WFP’s maternal and child health programme reaches over 60,000 beneficiaries in five provinces providing essential micronutrients and counselling.
‘‘HRH Princess Haya’s presence here helps raise awareness of the ongoing efforts being carried out by the Royal Government of Cambodia and its UN partners in reaching the poverty and food security targets set in Cambodia Millennium Development Goal 1,” said Kenn Crossley, WFP’s deputy country director.
HRH Princess Haya was designated as UN Messenger for Peace by the UN Secretary General in 2007. From 2005 to 2007 she served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme.
For further information:
Rosaleen Martin, WFP/Cambodia, Tel. +855 023 212 137