New WFP head presents credentials

22Oct 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
New WFP head presents credentials

THE United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)’s new Country Representative to Tanzania Sarah Gordon-Gibson presented her credentials to the government yesterday.

A statement released yesterday by WFP said Gordon-Gibson presented the papers to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Prof Palamagamba Kabudi.

“I am very pleased to be back in Tanzania and see that the country has made significant progress in key human development and economic indicators,” said Gordon-Gibson.

 “We remain committed to working with the government of Tanzania and partners in addressing national challenges around the environment, climate, social protection schemes, agriculture productivity and food systems, balanced and nutritious diets, as well as equality and women’s empowerment.”

A qualified lawyer, Gordon-Gibson has worked for WFP for over 20 years. In the past two years, she served as WFP’s representative in Jordan, one of WFP’s largest operations.

Gordon-Gibson also served as Country Representative in Lao People’s Democratic Republic for three years. Her most recent assignments included Deputy Country Representative in Tanzania, Myanmar and Niger.

In support of government efforts to achieve middle-income status in Tanzania, WFP works in areas of nutrition, social safety net, supply chain and support to smallholder farmers.

WFP supports smallholder farmers to transition from subsistence farming to farming as a business and enables access to reliable markets with the aim to render farming communities more food secure, self-reliant and resilient to shocks.WFP also provides food assistance for refugees and explores innovative solutions for sustainable development.

Additionally, WFP serves as a logistics hub for surrounding landlocked countries and is a key player in the East African region in enabling movement of life-saving food to people in crisis. WFP works closely with the Tanzanian government to strengthen the country’s role as a maritime gateway and regional supplier of food.

Gordon-Gibson remarked that WFP highly values its partnership with the government of Tanzania: “An important part of our commitment is to support the government to address the needs of the most vulnerable and food insecure Tanzanians by bringing together our expertise, capabilities as well as resources, and collaborate more than ever before to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030.”

WFP is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.