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Peru: Ambassador From Turkey And WFP Visit Ayacucho

Turkish Ambassador, Namik Güner Erpul, together with WFP Representative, Beatriz Yermenos, during their visit to a school in Culluchaca, district in the Huanta province. (Copyright: WFP/Carmen Perazzo)

The Turkish diplomat, along with WFP, visits the department of Ayacucho in order to find out the impact of WFP interventions in the region, and to meet with regional authorities.

LIMA- Turkish Ambassador Namik Güner Erpul and WFP Representative, Beatriz Yermenos, met on 14 March with the aim of demonstrating the diplomatic interventions of WFP and to talk about the possibilities of strategic alliances between Turkey and Peru. These alliances, facilitated by WFP, would come as a part of the school lunch programme.

Micro-Watersheds Project

The Promotion of Sustainable Development of Andean Micro-Watersheds Project supported activities to improve food security (soil conservation, agricultural production, forestry, etc.); promoting citizenship (literacy for women); food and nutrition education and improving educational infrastructure. This project helped to reduce extreme poverty by 17 percentage points, and increased food production by 22 percentage points. Under the modality of Food for Work and Training, important assets are created for the participating families such as: 6,000 hectares for crops, improved pastures of 17,326 hectares, and over 60 million forest plants from over 315 families planted and irrigation systems installed.

Ayacucho is a pilot department of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) on the issue of performance management. The programme works to emphasize intersectoral coordination to combat high rates of anaemia and chronic child malnutrition in the region.

Visit to the Schools
The visit included meetings and workshops with high functionaries of the Regional Government of Ayacucho, of AGRORURAL, of MIDIS, of the National School Lunch Programme (Qali Warma), of Cooperation Fund for Social Development (FONCODES), and of National Programme of Direct Support for the Poor(JUNTOS).

The Ambassador also visited the Primary Educational Institution in Culluchaca, a district in the Huanta province. There he spoke with authorities from the Huanta municipality, educators, representatives from the Parents Association, community members, and students.

Members of the community spoke of the results achieved by WFP through the project, “Promotion of Sustainable Development in High Andean Catchments”. These include the construction of new classrooms for the primary schools (thermal and seismic buildings with drywall) that can hold first and second grade students. Likewise, women leaders spoke of the improvement of their capabilities through literacy programs sponsored by WFP under the “Food for Work” modality.

Award to the Ambassador
They Mayor of Huanta recognized the illustrious visitor, Turkish Ambassador, through a municipal resolution. They Mayor called on the Ambassador to manage resources for development projects based on this model.

The WFP office in Peru is making efforts to ensure the government of Peru continues applying this methodology when working with their own food resources to implement social safety net programmes. WFP and the government of Peru are reaching agreements on development programme with the capacity of US$8 million over four years. This would be provided within the framework of the WFP Technical Assistance Strategy 2012-2016 in alliance with the government counterparts whose food products would be worth US$29 million.