Thematic priorities were the adoption of a new strategy for cooperation with the private sector and a strategy to promote the direct procurement of food for humanitarian aid on the ground and involving smallholders, thus strengthening local markets.
Germany was very present at the meeting and managed the difficult feat of negotiating two speeches with all WFP member states, which then Ramón Lohmar, Alternate Permanent Representative, delivered in the name of all in the meeting.
The German delegation, led by Ambassador Ulrich Seidenberger and BMZ Deputy Director Elke Löbel, was received by WFP Executive Director David Beasley and German Deputy Director Ute Klamert.
At the meeting it was among other things about
- the Federal Government's commitment to strengthening resilience in the Sahel zone, and
- the future positioning of WFPs in the nexus between both humanitarian and developing aid.