Germany supports food aid program
• First country to contribute to the nutritional support program for
vulnerable communities in Cuba’s five eastern provinces
GERMAN Valdivia, Cuban representative for the UN World Food
Program (WFP), stated that Germany is the first country to have
come forward to finance the agency’s new nutritional support project
for vulnerable groups in the island’s five eastern provinces.
Valdivia added that the German government has announced its
contribution for this and next year and revealed that other countries
are to join the program approved in February by the WFP executive.
The program is aimed at assisting the Cuban government’s efforts to
guarantee a minimal and balanced diet for kindergarten and
elementary school pupils and to increase their learning capacity by
providing food complements enriched with micro-nutrients.
The WFP representative made the announcement during the formal
signing of a letter of understanding at the Ministry of Foreign
Investment and Economic Cooperation for the loan of German
technical assistance at an agricultural training college in the eastern
province of Granma with the participation of consultants from the
German GTZ technical cooperation agency, which enjoys worldwide
prestige. Using funds allocated to the program by the German
government, the agency will finance technical assistance by sending
GTZ consultants to give courses on management, marketing and
business administration, among others.
Bernd Wulffen, German ambassador in Cuba, affirmed that the
proposal outlined by the UN agency representative for German
participation in the project is a signal of friendship from his country.
He mentioned that various German public figures have recently
visited Cuba, demonstrating that friendship and a desire to cooperate
with the island.
"We would also like to insert ourselves in cooperative structures and
schemes in the eastern provinces, which I will visit to show my
personal interest in the development of those territories," he