Representatives from Italy and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) signed an agreement for the work of this agency in support of nutritional plans in Cuba.
Andrea Ferrari, Italian ambassador to Havana, and Laura Melo, WFP representative in Cuba, signed the document, which establishes the basis for a donation of 500,000 Euros ($ 530,000), at the diplomatic headquarters of the European nation in the Cuban capital.
These funds will be used to strengthen the national plan for the prevention and control of anemia by assisting pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years of age, according to what was known in the ceremony.
Ferrari expressed satisfaction that the collaboration with the WFP in Cuba continues its development, as food security is a priority action of the Italian authorities.
Meanwhile, Melo told ACN that this contribution comes at a very timely moment in order to support Cuba in its nutritional preferences and food security.
Ileana Nuñez, Cuba´s Vice Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, was present at the signing of the agreement and said that such a program is part of the priorities that the Cuban government has identified and expressed gratitude to Italy for its contribution through the UN system.
Nunez also praised a previous contribution of 300,000 Euros ($ 318,000), confirmed by Italy to help or offset the substantial damage caused last September by Hurricane Irma.
At the same time, the WFP launched an operation to support government efforts to guarantee access to safe and stable food in the territories most affected by the hydro-meteorological phenomenon: the provinces of Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus and Ciego de Avila.