After his meeting with the Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, the President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, expressed his gratitude to all the officials of the World Food Program for the efforts they have made to make possible the access of the same to Venezuela. He also reiterated the willingness of the Interim Government and the legitimate national Parliament to continue working together with national and international actors to ensure that the country overcomes the crisis generated by the dictatorship.
The meeting took place this Monday, April 19th, in the afternoon. Furthermore, Guaidó commented that the high official’s visit to the country “once again ratifies his commitment to the food recovery of Venezuela and to the Venezuelan people.”
“May I extend my appreciation to all the officials of the World Food Program for the efforts they have made to make this possible and I especially appreciate the visit of the Executive Director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, with whom I had the opportunity to meet the today. We also thank the World Food Program for the efforts and steps taken to start operations in our country and combat hunger and food insecurity suffered by millions of Venezuelans. The work of organized civil society and actors from the food and humanitarian world has paid off and the Program’s access to Venezuela is finally a reality.”
David Beasley arrived in Venezuela on Sunday April 18th at the end of the afternoon.
Continue the work tirelessly
The interim President highlighted, after his meeting with the Executive Director of the World Food Program, that from the Government in charge and the legitimate National Assembly, they will continue working tirelessly and in conjunction with national and international actors to ensure that Venezuela can overcome the crisis and the conflict that today suffers and alleviate the suffering of millions of Venezuelans.
“Since 2016, from the National Assembly and with the support of non-governmental organizations, we denounced the Complex Humanitarian Emergency in the country. According to figures from the World Food Program, published in February 2020, 9.3 million Venezuelans suffered from food insecurity, a figure that increased exponentially due to the difficulties that the COVID-19 pandemic has added.”
He recalled that Venezuela is going through one of its greatest economic, political, social and institutional crises, which has brought as one of its most serious consequences that our population is a victim of hunger. In March of this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) also included Venezuela in the list of 20 countries where acute hunger is expected to increase, as well as the levels of food insecurity.
Finally, Guaidó said that children are one of the most vulnerable populations, which is why he celebrated the announcement of WFP’s entry into the country, which will become the factor of change for many families in vulnerable conditions. His Operational Plan expects to serve 858,000 people by the end of the 2021-2022 school year and approximately 1,500,000 by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.