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New WFP Representative and Country Director presents credentials

Aug 9, 2016, 10:43 AM

On August 4, 2016, the new World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and Country Director, Angela Cespedes, presented her credentials through the Foreign Affairs Minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, at her office in Banjul.

While presenting her credentials, the new WFP representative assured Minister Macdouall-Gaye of WFP’s continued commitment to complementing Government’s effort in achieving food and nutrition security for all, especially women and children.

“The achievements made in social protection and home-grown school meals in The Gambia will make my work very easy during my tenure,” said Angela Cespedes, WFP Country Representative.

“I am very impressed by the commendable strides made in agriculture, including environmental safety, notably the ban on the use of plastic bags,” she continued.

The discussion focused on the partnership between WFP and the Gambia Government, which sees significant potential in the Home-grown School Meals Programme as a key development milestone.

“Our doors will always be open to you and WFP, especially considering that your work is aligned with the development goals of the country,” said Minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye.

Ms Cespedes, who is a nutritionist, has a background in social policy/social protection, gender, traditional medicine and experience in emergencies. She will serve in The Gambia for the next three years.