WFP executive director Catherine Bertini, on a three-day inspection tour of Burkina Faso, is due to leave for Sierra Leone on Wednesday, an official of the agency told IRIN today.
In Burkina Faso, she met Prime Minister Desire Ouedraogo and with Foreign Minister Ablasse Ouedraogo inaugurated the regional WFP office for the Sahel in Ouagadougou, the capital. She is also due to meet President Blaise Compaore later today after visiting WFP projects for the poor in the province of Sammatenga. Since 1964, WFP has pumped US $128 million into development and emergency help to the country.
In the Sahel, WFP aids the poorest areas and those most susceptible to food scarcity, notably in the central and southeast plateaux. WFP aid generally goes to education, health and rural development.