December 22, 2017
U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley, left, and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka
On Dec. 13, JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka held talks with U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley at JICA Headquarters in Tokyo.
Mr. Kitaoka began by expressing his respect for the significance and effectiveness of emergency food aid carried out by the WFP. In their conversation, Mr. Kitaoka and Mr. Beasley agreed that as the population of people without enough to eat, which had been on the decline, began increasing in 2016, extremist groups had begun expanding around the world, and that food security in such regions is essential to global stability. They also agreed to closely collaborate on the WFP's emergency food aid and JICA's development cooperation.
JICA will strengthen its strategic partnership with WFP that leverages their respective strengths and further contribute to the world's food security and stability.