ROME -- During her recent visit to Russia, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran travelled to the historic town of Yaroslavl, 250 km northeast of Moscow, to see the school meals programmes being run by the government there. The projects have been designed with an eye to promoting sustainability and building links with local agriculture.
Sheeran visited two schools, meeting with children as well as head teachers, project coordinators and the governor of Yaroslavl, Sergey Vakhrukov.
She took the opportunity to talk to students about how they could help ensure their counterparts in other Commonwealth of Independent States countries received nutritious food.
On the basis of the experience gained in Yaroslavl, WFP and the government is designing school meals programmes for long-term projects in CIS countries, starting with Armenia.
Initially these projects will distribute food supplied by the Russian government but later the food will be produced locally. The goal is to make the programmes self sufficient and nationally-owned.
Russian support for school meals programmes in CIS countries was confirmed during meetings that Sheeran had in Moscow, with government officials including First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Sheeran signed two agreements with the Russian government to strengthen the existing partnership in the fight against hunger over the next three years. She signed the first agreement with Elena Skrynnik, Minister of Agriculture - and the second with the Minister of Emergency Situations, Sergei Shoigu. Read story