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Title: THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
REF: (A) ROME 5226, (B) USUN 2470 
 
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SUMMARY 
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¶1. THE BOARD SESSION TOOK PLACE AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF EVER- 
INCREASING EMERGENCY NEEDS (PARTICULARLY IN AFRICA) AND HOW 
BEST TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY LEVEL OF RESOURCES TO ENSURE 
AN ADEQUATE LEVEL OF EMERGENCY FUNDING FOR WFP. 
 
¶2. ON DONATIONS OF BIOTECH FOODS, THE BOARD TOOK NOTE OF THE 
WFP POLICY IN EFFECT AND REQUESTED THAT A PAPER BE PREPARED, 
FOR PRESENTATION AT A FUTURE SESSION, THAT TAKES INTO 
ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED DURING THE DISCUSSION AT THIS 
SESSION. INFORMALLY IT WAS AGREED THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE 
BOARD WILL CONSIDER WITH THE BUREAU, IN CONSULTATION WITH 
THE WFP SECRETARIAT, APPROPRIATE MEASURES RELATED TO THE 
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BOARD'S DECISION ON BIOTECH FOODS. 
BOTH THE NETHERLANDS AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FELT THAT 
WFP COULD DO MORE TO ASSURE THAT RECIPIENT COUNTRIES ARE 
BETTER INFORMED ABOUT BIOTECH FOODS AND THAT WFP SHOULD 
ACTIVELY PURSUE VIABLE ALTERNATIVES. THE EC ENUNCIATED THE 
RIGHT OF ANY GOVERNMENT TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF THE 
CARTAGENA PROTOCOL, IN PARTICULAR THE PRECAUTIONARY 
PRINCIPLE, AND SAFEGUARD THEIR TERRITORY FROM UNINTENTIONAL 
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CONTAMINATION FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS. BELGIUM AND 
NORWAY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD RESTRICT THEIR CASH 
CONTRIBUTIONS TO PURCHASE NON-GMO FOOD ONLY. 
 
¶3. ON BUDGET AND FINANCIAL MATTERS, THE BOARD APPROVED THE 
USE OF USD 86.1 MILLION IN SURPLUS CASH AND LOAN PROCEEDS TO 
FUND IN PART THE EXPENDITURE PLAN OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, 
PRINCIPALLY DIRECTED TO EMERGENCY OPERATIONS. THE BOARD 
APPROVED THE 2000-2001 WFP BIENNIAL FINANCIAL STATEMENTS 
TOGETHER WITH THE REPORT OF THE ORGANIZATION'S EXTERNAL 
AUDITOR.  ON INDIRECT SUPPORT (ISC) COSTS, THE BOARD DECIDED 
TO KEEP THE CURRENT 7.8 PERCENT ISC RATE IN PLACE FOR 2002 
AND APPROVED THE REDUCTION OF THE ISC RATE TO 7.0 PERCENT 
FOR 2003. ON THE ISSUE OF SUBSTANTIVE CASH BALANCES, THE 
BOARD TOOK NOTE OF WFP'S ACTION PLAN TO BRING ITS CASH 
BALANCES TO APPROPRIATE LEVELS, WITH A TARGET DATE OF 
DECEMBER 2003. 
 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
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USEU BRUSSELS 2890 
USMISSION GENEVA 
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UNCLAS SECTION 02 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
¶4. DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS VALUED AT USD 152.1 MILLION AND USD 
523.9 MILLION IN PROTRACTED RELIEF AND RECOVERY OPERATIONS 
WERE APPROVED. A WFP GENDER POLICY WAS APPROVED. THE 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION FURTHER CLARIFIED ITS VIEW ON FOOD AID. 
FINALLY, THIS MARKED THE FIRST BOARD APPEARANCE FOR 
AMBASSADOR TONY HALL, WHO ENUNCIATED THE DEEP CONCERN ON THE 
PART OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE WORSENING FOOD CRISIS IN 
SOUTHERN AFRICA, WHERE AS MANY AS 14.4 MILLION PEOPLE MAY BE 
AT RISK FROM STARVATION. END SUMMARY. 
 
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WFP POLICY ON DONATIONS OF FOODS DERIVED FROM BIOTECNOLOGY 
(GM/BIOTECH FOODS) 
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¶5. WFP REITERATED THAT ITS PRIMARY GOAL IS TO PROVIDE AS 
MUCH FOOD ASSISTANCE AS POSSIBLE TO THOSE IN NEED. WFP 
CONDUCTS ITS FOOD AID ACTIVITIES IN ACCORDANCE WITH 
APPLICABLE INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS AND NATIONAL LEGISLATION 
OF DONOR AND RECIPIENT COUNTRIES AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH 
RELEVANT GUIDELINES AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CODEX 
ALIMENTARIUS. WFP ESSENTIALLY ACTS AS A BROKER IN FOOD AID 
SHIPMENTS, AND THE POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENTS (RECEPIENT 
AND DONOR) INVOLVED PREVAILS. IN ORDER TO FUNCTION, WFP MUST 
OPERATE ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT GOVERNMENTS EXERCISE DUE 
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DILIGENCE IN SETTING NATIONAL REGULATIONS WITH REGARD TO 
EXPORTS AND IMPORTS OF FOOD. AFTER EXTENSIVE DISCUSSION (REF 
A), THE BOARD TOOK NOTE OF THE WFP POLICY IN EFFECT AND 
REQUESTED THAT A PAPER BE PREPARED, FOR PRESENTATION AT A 
FUTURE SESSION, THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE VIEWS EXPRESSED 
DURING THE DISCUSSION. INFORMALLY IT WAS AGREED THAT THE 
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER WITH THE BUREAU, IN 
CONSULTATION WITH THE WFP SECRETARIAT, APPROPRIATE MEASURES 
RELATED TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BOARD'S DECISION ON 
BIOTECH FOODS. 
 
¶6. AMBASSADOR TONY HALL EXPRESSED THE U.S. POSITION, AS 
FOLLOWS: 
 
-"THE U.S. IS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE WORSENING FOOD 
CRISIS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, WHERE AS MANY AS 14.4 MILLION 
PEOPLE MAY BE AT RISK FROM STARVATION; 
 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2366 
USEU BRUSSELS 2891 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 03 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
-THE USAID EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FORECAST THIS DROUGHT LAST 
DECEMBER, AND AS OF THE END OF JULY, THE U.S. HAD DELIVERED 
130,000 MT OF FOOD, WORTH USD 68 MILLION TO THE REGION.  THE 
U.S. HAS ANOTHER 160,000 MT, WORTH USD 80 MILLION AT VARIOUS 
POINTS IN THE PIPELINE NOW AND WE ARE LOOKING TO DO MORE 
VERY SOON.  YET OUR EFFORTS WILL NOT BE ENOUGH.  THE WFP AND 
FAO HAVE ESTIMATED THAT 1.6 MILLION MT OF FOOD AID WILL BE 
NEEDED THROUGH MARCH 2003; 
 
-ALL OF THE FOOD DONATED BY THE UNITED STATES HAS PASSED OUR 
RIGOROUS FOOD SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT TESTING, AND, 
IN FACT, IS EATEN DAILY -- AND HAS BEEN FOR YEARS -- BY 
MILLIONS OF AMERICANS; 
 
-THE UNITED STATES STRONGLY SUPPORTS GREATER FOCUS ON 
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN AFRICA. THOSE EFFORTS MUST 
INCLUDE NEW TECHNOLOGIES, INCLUDING BIOTECHNOLOGY, BASED ON 
SOUND SCIENCE AND APPROPRIATE RISK MANAGEMENT. BIOTECHNOLOGY 
IS A KEY TO RAISING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTIVITY, WHICH IN 
TURN, WILL HELP TO ALLEVIATE SIGNIFICANT HUNGER, 
MALNUTRITION AND POVERTY IN THE WORLD. WE ARE INCREASING OUR 
AID AND ATTENTION TO THAT GOAL AND ARE ENCOURAGING OTHERS 
-INCLUDING MULTILATERAL ORGANIZATIONS- TO DO THE SAME; 
 
-OUR COMMON GOAL SHOULD BE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH ALL FOOD- 
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INSECURE COUNTRIES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FACTS AND 
SCIENCE OF BIOTECH FOODS SO THAT MISUNDERSTANDINGS AND 
MISPERCEPTIONS DO NOT LEAD TO DELAYS AND BLOCKAGES WHICH 
ENDANGER THE LIVES OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE." 
 
¶7. BOTH THE NETHERLANDS AND THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION FELT 
THAT WFP COULD DO MORE TO ASSURE THAT RECIPIENT COUNTRIES 
ARE BETTER INFORMED ABOUT BIOTECH FOODS AND THAT WFP SHOULD 
ACTIVELY PURSUE VIABLE ALTERNATIVES. THE EC ENUNCIATED THE 
RIGHT OF ANY GOVERNMENT TO APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF THE 
CARTAGENA PROTOCOL, IN PARTICULAR THE PRECAUTIONARY 
PRINCIPLE, AND SAFEGUARD THEIR TERRITORY FROM UNINTENTIONAL 
CONTAMINATION FROM GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS. BELGIUM AND 
NORWAY ANNOUNCED THEY WOULD RESTRICT THEIR CASH 
CONTRIBUTIONS TO PURCHASE NON-GMO FOOD ONLY. 
 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2367 
USEU BRUSSELS 2892 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 04 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
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OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
FINANCIAL AND BUDGETARY MATTERS 
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¶8. WFP PRESENTED ITS CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR 
THE 2000-2001 BIENNIUM. WFP'S EXTERNAL AUDITOR (THE FRENCH 
GOVERNMENT'S COUR DES COMPTES) PROVIDED AN UNQUALIFIED 
OPINION SUPPORTED BY COMMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. THE BOARD 
APPROVED THE FOLLOWING: 
 
A) THE 2000-2001 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS OF WFP TOGETHER WITH 
THE REPORT OF THE EXTERNAL AUDITOR, PURSUANT TO GENERAL 
REGULATION XIV.6(B); 
 
B) THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A STAFF COST VARIANCE ACCOUNT TO 
RECORD VARIANCES BETWEEN STANDARD AND ACTUAL COSTS OF 
PROJECT FUNDED STAFF MEMBERS; 
 
C) THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN INVESTMENT OFFICER POST FOR 2002- 
2003; 
 
D) THE USE OF USD 86.1 MILLION OF SURPLUSES AND LOAN 
PROCEEDS TO FUND IN PART THE EXPENDITURE PLAN OF THE 
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTER ALIA: TRANSFER TO IMMEDIATE 
RESPONSE ACCOUNT/REPAYMENT OF CERF LOAN, USD 26.5 MILLION; 
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT, USD 9.8 MILLION; 
RECURRING SYSTEMS SUPPORT COSTS, 0.3 MILLION; 4) 
UNDERWRITING THE COST OF THE INVESTMENT OFFICER POST FOR 
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2002/03, ETC; 
 
E) THE FUNDING OF THE PSA (PROGRAM SUPPORT & ADMINISTRATION) 
2000-2001 EXPENDITURE SHORTFALL OF US 40.7 MILLION FROM THE 
UNEARMARKED SURPLUS OF THE GENERAL FUND; 
 
F) THE PRESENT MANNER OF RETAINING THE EXCESS OF ASSETS OVER 
LIABILITIES AS PART OF THE STAFF BENEFIT FUNDS; 
 
G) THE TRANSFER OF USD 3 MILLION FROM THE UNEARMARKED 
SURPLUS OF THE GENERAL FUND TO THE KOSOVO SPECIAL ACCOUNT. 
 
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FINAL REPORT OF THE ANALYSIS OF THE INDIRECT SUPPORT COST 
(ISC) RATE 
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AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2368 
USEU BRUSSELS 2893 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 05 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
¶9. IN 1998, THE BOARD APPROVED THE USE OF A SINGLE INDIRECT 
SUPPORT COST (ISC) RATE OF 7.8 PERCENT APPLICABLE FOR ALL 
MULTILATERAL AND DIRECTED MULTILATERAL CONTRIBUTIONS. THE 
BOARD FAVORABLY NOTED A COMPARISON OF WFP'S ISC RATE 
RELATIVE TO THAT OF OTHER UN ORGANIZATIONS, AND LOOKED 
FORWARD TO THE OUTCOME OF THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RATES 
CHARGED BY NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS) IN FEBRUARY 
¶2003. IT INSTRUCTED THE SECRETARIAT TO REVIEW THE 
RECLASSIFICATION OF THOSE PSA EXPENDITURES THAT WERE 
VARIABLE IN NATURE AND THAT COULD BE DIRECTLY LINKED TO AN 
OPERATION, TO MAKE THE PSA MORE FIXED IN NATURE AND DEVELOP 
OPTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION IN THE CONTEXT OF FRAMING THE 2004- 
2005 BUDGET. PRINCIPAL DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD: 
 
-TOOK NOTE OF WFP'S DECISION TO REVISE THE REMAINING PSA 
BUDGET APPROVED FOR 2002-2003 DOWNWARDS BY TEN PERCENT FROM 
JANUARY 1, 2003; 
 
-CONFIRMED THE ISC RATE OF 7.8 PERCENT FOR 2002; 
 
-APPROVED THE REDUCTION OF THE ISC RATE TO 7.0 PERCENT FOR 
¶2003. 
 
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¶10. WFP CONTINUES TO CONSISTENTLY HOLD SUBSTANTIAL CASH 
BALANCES (AT THE END OF THE LAST FOUR BIENNIA), AS FOLLOWS: 
1994-95, USD 616.9 MILLION; 1996-97, USD 781.6 MILLION; 1998- 
99, USD 848.1 MILLION; AND 2000-2001, USD 905.0 MILLION. 
NOTE: BY POINT OF COMPARISON (REF B), UNICEF'S CASH BALANCE 
AT THE END OF THE 2000-2001 BIENNIUM WAS USD 645 MILLION. 
END NOTE. 
 
¶11. USDEL STRESSED THAT, AS THE PRIMARY GOAL OF THE WFP IS 
PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND DELIVERY, TO THE EXTENT THAT WFP 
CARRIES OUT ITS MANDATE EFFICIENTLY, THERE SHOULD BE NO 
ACCUMULATION OF SIZABLE CASH BALANCES. THERE NEEDS TO BE 
"MORE AGGRESSIVE MONITORING OF BUDGETS AND THEIR TIMELY 
REVISIONS AND CLOSURE OF PROJECTS WHEN COMPLETED." STRICTLY 
ENFORCED TERMINAL DISBURSEMENT DATES MUST FORM PART OF WFP'S 
 
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AMEMBASSY TOKYO 
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 
AMEMBASSY ASMARA 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 
AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 
AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
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AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM 
AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2369 
USEU BRUSSELS 2894 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 06 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
"CORPORATE CULTURE." 
 
¶12. THE BOARD TOOK NOTE OF WFP'S ACTION PLAN TO BRING ITS 
CASH BALANCES TO APPROPRIATE LEVELS, WITH A TARGET DATE OF 
DECEMBER 2003. NOTE: WFP WILL PRESENT AT THE 2003 ANNUAL 
SESSION (MAY 2003) A FURTHER ANALYSIS OF ITS CASH 
REQUIREMENTS. 
 
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COUNTRY PROGRAMS - MALI/MAURITANIA/CAMEROON/HAITI/ETHIOPIA 
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¶13. THE BOARD APPROVED COUNTRY PROGRAMS FOR MALI, 2003-2007 
(USD 30.82 MILLION - 63,822 METRIC TONS); MAURITANIA, 2003- 
2008 (USD 29.6 MILLION - 61, 580 MTS); HAITI, 2003-2006 (USD 
25.07 MILLION - 45,288 MTS); ETHIOPIA, 2003-2006 (USD 56.1 
MILLION - 163,524 MTS); AND CAMEROON, 2003-2007 (USD 10.5 
MILLION - 24,848 MTS). NOTE: THE PRECIPITOUS DROP IN FUNDING 
FOR WFP'S DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO REMAINS WORRISOME. DONATIONS 
FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2002 THROUGH OCTOBER 15 EQUALED USD 186 
MILLION, A DROP OF 23 PERCENT COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR. THE 
U.S. HAS CONSISTENTLY ENCOURAGED WFP TO TAKE A CRITICAL LOOK 
AT ITS DEVELOPMENT PORTFOLIO AND MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS 
REGARDING THEIR REAL CONTRIBUTION AND IMPACT IN THE 54 
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COUNTRIES (PLUS THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORY) WHERE DEVELOPMENT 
ACTIVITIES ARE PRESENTLY AUTHORIZED. END NOTE. 
 
¶14. ON ETHIOPIA, USDEL URGED THE GFDRE AND DONORS TO TAKE 
INTO ACCOUNT ETHIOPIA'S STRUCTURAL FOOD DEFICIT 
(APPROXIMATELY 700,000 MTS/ANNUM) AND FOCUS ON IMPROVING THE 
NATIONAL CAPACITY TO IMPORT FOOD ON TIME TO WHERE IT IS 
NEEDED AND DIRECTLY ADDRESS THIS DEFICIT IN ITS DEVELOPMENT 
STRATEGIES. FURTHER, THAT THE GFDRE NEEDED TO DEVELOP A 
TRANSITIONAL FRAMEWORK TO PROTECT AND BUILD ASSETS FOR ITS 
FOUR MILLION PREDICTABLY FOOD-INSECURE CASELOAD. 
 
¶15. ON HAITI, THE BOARD NOTED WFP'S VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT 
MAPPING (VAM) EXERCISE RELEASED (OCTOBER 2002) WHICH 
CONCLUDED THAT SOME 6.1 MILLION (OF HAITI'S 7.8 MILLION) ARE 
FOOD INSECURE, WITH 2.3 MILLION LIVING IN "EXTREME POVERTY" 
AND ANOTHER 3.8 MILLION LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 
AMEMBASSY ASMARA 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 
AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 
AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2370 
USEU BRUSSELS 2895 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 07 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
MOREOVER, SOME 22 PERCENT OF HAITIANS ARE ADJUDGED TO BE 
SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC MALNUTRITION, WITH 4.5 PERCENT 
AFFECTED BY SEVERE MALNUTRITION. 
 
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COUNTRY STRATEGY (CSO) OUTLINES 
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¶16. THE BOARD APPROVED COUNTRY STRATEGY OUTLINES FOR NIGER 
AND KENYA, AND FURTHER AUTHORIZED THE SECRETARIAT TO PROCEED 
TO DEVELOP COUNTRY PROGRAMS FOR THOSE COUNTRIES. 
 
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PRROS - GEORGIA/ERITREA/GREAT LAKES OF CENTRAL 
AFRICA/SOMALIA/IRAN/CENTRAL AMERICA 
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¶17. PRROS:  THE BOARD APPROVED PROTRACTED RELIEF AND 
RECOVERY OPERATIONS IN GEORGIA (APRIL 2003-MARCH 2006, USD 
23.38 MILLION, 209,500 BENEFICIARIES); CENTRAL AMERICA 
(MARCH 2003-FEBRUARY 2006, USD 56.6 MILLION, 690,000 
BENEFICIARIES); GREAT LAKES OF CENTRAL AFRICA (THREE YEARS, 
USD 266.7 MILLION, 1.2 MILLION BENEFICIARIES IN THE FIRST 
YEAR, DECREASING TO 730,450 PER MONTH IN THE THIRD YEAR); 
SOMALIA (THREE YEARS, USD 48.04 MILLION, 966,585 
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BENEFICIARIES); WEST AFRICA COASTAL (JANUARY-DECEMBER 2003, 
USD 56.8 MILLION, 789,430 BENEFICIARIES); ERITREA, (TWO 
YEARS, USD 45.1 MILLION, 967,400 BENEFICIARIES); AND IRAN 
(TWO YEARS, USD 16.1 MILLION, 1.12 MILLION BENEFICIARIES). 
MOREOVER, BUDGET INCREASES WERE APPROVED FOR THE ANGOLA PRRO 
(USD 7.97 MILLION, AVERAGE OF 80,000 ADDITIONAL 
BENEFICIARIES/MONTH) AND SRI LANKA (USD 3.2 MILLION, 47,500 
ADDITIONAL FOOD-FOR-WORK BENEFICIARIES OVER THREE YEARS). 
 
¶18. ON ERITREA, USDEL ADDRESSED THE ISSUE THE GSE 
PROHIBITION ON ALL FOOD-FOR-WORK ACTIVITIES. ONLY FREE 
DISTRIBUTION IS PRESENTLY ALLOWED UNDER EMERGENCY OPERATIONS 
AND SCHOOL FEEDING. GIVEN THAT CASH IS SHORT AND PROJECTS, 
PARTICULARLY IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR, NEED ACCELERATED 
IMPLEMENTATION (E.G., THE FREQUENCY OF DROUGHTS OVER THE 
PAST DECADE SHOW A MARKED INCREASE), USDEL POINTED OUT FOOD- 
FOR-WORK CAN BE AN EXCELLENT WAY OF ENGAGING ABLE-BODIED 
 
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AMEMBASSY SEOUL 
AMEMBASSY TOKYO 
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 
AMEMBASSY ASMARA 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 
AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 
AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
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AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM 
AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2371 
USEU BRUSSELS 2896 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 08 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
BENEFICIARY POPULATIONS IN PRODUCTIVE ACTIVITIES. MOREOVER, 
IT WAS NOTED THAT WFP HAS GREATLY AIDED AGRICULTURAL 
PROGRESS IN CHINA, VIETNAM, BANGLADESH AND INDIA AND 
ELSEWHERE- THROUGH SUSTAINED FOOD-FOR-WORK INTERVENTIONS. 
(NOTE: OTHER PRROS WILL BE REPORTED SEPTELS). 
 
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WFP'S GENDER POLICY 
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¶19. THE BOARD ENDORSED WFP'S EIGHT ENHANCED COMMITMENTS TO 
WOMEN 2003-2007, AS FOLLOWS: I) MEET THE SPECIFIC 
NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF EXPECTANT AND NURSING MOTHERS 
AND - WHERE APPROPRIATE - ADOLESCENT GIRLS, AND RAISE THEIR 
HEALTH AND NUTRITION AWARENESS; II) EXPAND ACTIVITIES THAT 
ENABLE GIRLS TO ATTEND SCHOOL; III) ENSURE THAT WOMEN 
BENEFIT AT LEAST EQUALLY FROM THE ASSETS CREATED THROUGH 
FOOD FOR TRAINING AND FOOD FOR WORK; IV) CONTRIBUTE TO 
WOMEN'S CONTROL OF FOOD IN RELIEF FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS OF 
HOUSEHOLD RATIONS; V) ENSURE THAT WOMEN ARE EQUALLY INVOLVED 
IN FOOD DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEES AND OTHER PROGRAM-RELATED 
LOCAL BODIES; VI) ENSURE THAT GENDER IS MAINSTREAMED IN 
PROGRAMMING ACTIVITIES; VII) CONTRIBUTE TO AN ENVIRONMENT 
THAT ACKNOWLEDGES THE IMPORTANT ROLE WOMEN PLAY IN ENSURING 
HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY AND THAT ENCOURAGES BOTH MEN AND 
WOMEN TO PARTICIPATE IN CLOSING THE GENDER GAP; AND VIII) 
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MAKE PROGRESS TOWARDS GENDER EQUALITY IN STAFFING, 
OPPORTUNITIES AND DUTIES, AND ENSURE THAT HUMAN RESOURCE 
POLICIES ARE GENDER SENSITIVE AND PROVIDE POSSIBILITIES FOR 
STAFF MEMBERS TO COMBINE THEIR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL 
PRIORITIES. 
 
¶20. USDEL NOTED THAT WFP IS COMMITTED TO IMPLEMENTING THE 
RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE UN INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE ON 
PROTECTION FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE IN 
HUMANITARIAN CRISES, AS AGREED TO BY THE UN INTER-AGENCY 
STANDING COMMITTEE (IASC) ON JUNE 20, 2002.  A WFP-INTERNAL 
ACTION PLAN HAS BEEN FINALIZED, WHICH WILL OPERATIONALIZE 
THE IASC SIX CORE PRINCIPLES. USDEL REQUESTED THAT WFP'S 
INSPECTOR GENERAL PAY PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER TO 
ENSURE THAT THE ENUNCIATED POLICY IS VIGOROUSLY ENFORCED. 
 
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AMEMBASSY TOKYO 
AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 
AMEMBASSY ASMARA 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 
AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 
AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
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AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2372 
USEU BRUSSELS 2897 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 09 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
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SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
EUROPEAN COMMISSION (EC) CLARIFIES ITS POSITION ON FOOD AID 
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¶21. THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S GIORGIO BONACCI, DIRECTOR- 
GENERAL OF THE EUROPE-AID CO-OPERATION OFFICE ADDRESSED THE 
BOARD ON OCTOBER 21. HIS MAIN POINTS WERE AS FOLLOWS: 
 
-THE COMMISSION IS INCREASINGLY FOCUSSED ON RESULTS AND 
REDUCING THE TRANSACTION COSTS OF ASSISTANCE; 
 
-FOOD AID IS NOT AN APPROPRIATE INSTRUMENT TO CREATE LONG 
TERM FOOD SECURITY. EC'S BUDGET FOR IN-KIND DEVELOPMENT- 
ORIENTED FOOD AID HAS BEEN MARKEDLY REDUCED WITH A CAP OF 
ROUGHLY USD 500 MILLION/ANNUM. EC FOOD AID WILL BE LIMITED 
TO: A) RESPONDING TO CRISIS SITUATIONS IN COMPLEMENTARITY 
WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY HUMANITARIAN OFFICE - ECHO; B) 
AS A CONTRIBUTION TO STRATEGIC RESERVES AND SAFETY NETS; AND 
C) TO FACILITATE THE TRANSITION BETWEEN RELIEF, 
REHABILITATION AND LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT. MOREOVER, WHEN AND 
WHEREVER POSSIBLE, FOOD AID SHOULD BE PURCHASED LOCALLY OR 
WITHIN THE AFFECTED REGION. 
 
¶22. FINALLY, MR. BONACCHI REAFFIRMED THAT WFP IS AN 
IMPORTANT AND VERY VALUABLE PARTNER FOR THE EUROPEAN 
COMMISSION AND THAT ITS SUPPORT TO WFP HAD INCREASED THIS 
YEAR TO APPROXIMATELY USD 154 MILLION, A 50 PERCENT INCREASE 
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COMPARED WITH 2001. 
 
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COMMENT 
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¶23. WITH AFGHANISTAN, THE PALESTINIAN TERRITORY, ETHIOPIA, 
ERITREA, SUDAN, UGANDA, MAURITANIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA, WEST 
AFRICA COASTAL, COTE D'IVOIRE, WESTERN SAHARA, DEMOCRATIC 
REPUBLIC OF CONGO, NORTH KOREA, SRI LANKA, CENTRAL AMERICA, 
COLOMBIA, AND THE NORTHERN CAUCASUS - ALL IN A 
DISASTER/CRISIS OR POST-CRISIS MODE - WFP IS STRETCHED TO 
THE LIMIT. ITS WORLDWIDE STAFF PRESENTLY NUMBERS 8,600, 
WHICH INCLUDES A CORE INTERNATIONAL STAFF OF 1,000. NEEDING 
EVER INCREASING RESOURCES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MORRIS IS 
DETERMINED TO EXPAND THE DONOR BASE AND HE POINTED TO RECENT 
SUCCESSES IN RESOUCING NON-TRADITIONAL DONOR PLEDGES FROM 
 
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AMEMBASSY ADDIS ABABA 
AMEMBASSY ASMARA 
AMEMBASSY YAOUNDE 
AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 
AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT 
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI 
AMEMBASSY NIAMEY 
AMEMBASSY TBILISI 
AMEMBASSY LUANDA 
AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 
AMEMBASSY MONROVIA 
AMEMBASSY FREETOWN 
AMEMBASSY CONAKRY 
AMEMBASSY ABIDJAN 
AMEMBASSY KAMPALA 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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AMEMBASSY DAR ES SALAAM 
AMEMBASSY PORT AU PRINCE 
AMEMBASSY KIGALI 
AMEMBASSY BUJUMBURA 
AMEMBASSY SAN SALVADOR 
AMEMBASSY TEGUCIGALPA 
AMEMBASSY MANAGUA 
AMEMBASSY GUATEMALA 
AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 
AMEMBASSY BERN 
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY 
USDA FAS WASHDC 2373 
USEU BRUSSELS 2898 
USMISSION GENEVA 
USMISSION USUN NEW YORK 
 
UNCLAS SECTION 10 OF 10 ROME 005308 
 
SIPDIS 
 
FROM U.S. MISSION IN ROME 
 
STATE FOR AS/PRM DEWEY, A/S AFR KANSTEINER, U/S LARSON, 
AFR/SA, PRM/P, EUR/WE, EUR/NE AND IO/D 
USAID FOR ADMINISTRATOR NATSIOS, AA/DCHA WINTER, AA/AFR, 
D/DCHA/FFP LANDIS, PPC/DP, PPC/DC 
USDA/FAS FOR GSM KMILLER AND RTILLSWORTH 
GENEVA FOR RMA AND NKYLOH/USAID 
BRUSSELS FOR PLERNER 
USUN FOR LSHESTACK 
NSC FOR JDWOKEN 
OMB FOR TSTOLL 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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E.O. 12958:  N/A 
TAGS: EAID EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EAGR AORC PREF KUNR EU WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN EU EAID WFP UN
SUBJECT:  THIRD REGULAR SESSION OF THE WORLD FOOD PROGRAM 
EXECUTIVE BOARD, ROME, OCTOBER 21-25, 2002 
 
THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA (100,000 MTS), THE RUSSIAN 
FEDERATION (30,000 MTS), A DONATION OF THE NELSON MANDELA 
FOUNDATION FOR MALAWI, AND THE INTENT OF EACH OF THE 140,000 
EMPLOYEES OF THE DUTCH COMPANY TPG TO SPONSOR FEEDING A 
PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD FOR A YEAR. MOREOVER, MORRIS IS 
PLANNING NOVEMBER TRIPS TO SAUDI ARABIA, JAPAN, THE REPUBLIC 
OF KOREA AND CHINA IN SEARCH OF INCREASED SUPPORT. THE 
FORMIDABLE CHALLENGE IS WHETHER AND WHERE ADDITIONAL FUNDS 
CAN BE FOUND TO MEET TO NEEDS OF SHARPLY RISING HUMANITARIAN 
AID REQUIREMENTS. 
 
¶24. MINIMIZE CONSIDERED. HALL 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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