Representative of WFP, Dangeng Liu (Image Tatoli/Francisco Sony)

DILI, 25 september 2021 (TATOLI) – The World Food Program (WFP) and the Noble Peace Center, in Oslo, Norway, co-hosted the Fix The Food Peace Conference to bring together Noble Peace Prize Laureates, representatives from member states and international organizations, practitioners, and activists to discuss the role of food security as a pathway to peace and stable societies.

“We see the noble peace prizes much more than a thank you. We see it as a call to action. That’s why WFP was working to strengthen food system to support healthy diets for everyone, especially the vulnerable communities around the world,” said David Muldrow Beasley, the Executive Director of the World Food Program (WFP) during the Fix The Food Conference held in Oslo, Norway, on september 24.

He said the contribution of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates is vital to the global movement to end hunger and build a more peaceful world.

WFP works in over 80 countries to bring lifesaving food to people, who have had their life turned upside down by conflict, or being left destitute by natural disasters, Beasley said.

“WFP also helps individuals and communities to find life-changing solutions so that they can build a better future for themselves and their families,” He said.

“Our work with smallholder farmers is a fantastic example of this approach and action. In developing countries, for example, small farmers produce around 90 percent of the food consume and employ about 2/3 of the population,” Beasley said.

So, when we run Postharvest Loss Programs giving farmers like storage facilities to ensure their crops don’t spoil before they can be sold. We worked with farmers cooperatives, helping them have access to the agricultural tools and the techniques they need to grow food commercially.

At the same time, the Nobel Peace Laureate José Ramos-Horta praised WFP for its tireless work in helping those populations in need.

“I praise the WFP’s work as it is extraordinary what the WFP had been doing in my country. WFP has been very dynamic and energetic as well as the whole UN system,” said Horta.

“I was the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative in Guinea-Bissau, and I traveled extensively to the remote places of the country, and I saw the WFP program. No one else was there, and it was a WFP program, that struck me. I was impressed with the presence of the WFP program in that remote place of the country. That’s what makes a difference; The UN must be with the people, and not only in the urban areas,” he said.

In Timor-Leste, WFP has been working since 1999 in providing humanitarian assistance to the communities in need.

“We are humbled that we are providing in-kind food assistance to the people in need. As well as nutritious food through school feeding program and the emergency preparedness and response,” the WFP-Timor-Leste Country Director, Dageng Liu said.

WFP initiated the School Feeding Program back in 2005 and handed it over to the government in 2011.

He added WFP is proud to support the Government’s National Action Plan for Food Security and Nutrition.

“We are very proud to support the government vision for a zero hunger. And that’s why we are working with some government ministries – Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Solidarity, and Inclusion, Ministry of Agriculture, and also the Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs.

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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