The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Josette Sheeran has approved Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation Programme (PRRO) for Sierra Leone covering the period July 2007 to July 2009 at a total cost of $ 30,558,737m.
On Friday 6th July the Deputy Minister of Development and Economic Planning (MoDEP) Ibrahim Sesay and the Deputy Country Director of WFP Housainou Taal officially signed the memorandum of understanding between the government and WFP at the Ministry conference room.
Before the signing ceremony the Deputy Minister of MoDEP said that the PRRO project will provide 31,906 metric tons of food for two years to an expected number of 533,000 beneficiaries in the country.
He added that the project focuses on the Southern and Eastern provinces which were the last part of the country to be resettled after the war.
The Minister noted that the PRRO will support six districts (Kailahun, Kenema, Bo, Kono, Pujehun and Bonthe) in the areas which were most affected by the war.
In his statement Housainou Taal maintained that it is our pleasure to announce this PRRO which is intended to benefit children in the Southern and Eastern region.
He stated that last month executives of the WFP board approved a new Country Programme (CP) for Sierra Leone covering the period January 2008 to December 2010.
Taal intimidated that the CP is committed to allocating food resources and its associated handling and supervision costs to the tune of $11 million over this duration.
He disclosed that the program areas to be covered are education and health and also providing for at risk people living with HIV/AIDS.
The Deputy Country Director added that the CP will be implemented in the Northern region of the country (Port Loko, Kambia, Tonkolili, Bombali and Koinadugu).
Taal revealed that the PRRO includes rehabilitation and protection of livelihoods through Food For Recovery (FRF) activities, support to primary education, and improvement of nutritional and health status among children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Permanent Secretary in the Development Ministry Konah Koroma said that WFP has being helping the government over the years in education and food security to fight hunger.
She added that the project, which will last for two years, will help people living in these districts to enhance their capacity to combat hunger.
Koroma noted that this project will speed up the revival of productive assets enhance household food security and reduce malnutrition.