No Peace Without Food — An interview with Ertharin Cousin

September 28, 2014

Since the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, the World Food Programme (WFP), the food aid arm of the United Nations system, has been calling for access to besieged communities to provide relief and assistance to civilians. Ertharin Cousin is the executive director of WFP, the largest humanitarian organization in the world, and the person currently leading the UN efforts to assist hungry people in Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Syria, among other places. In an interview with the Journal, Cousin spoke about how the organization is responding to humanitarian emergencies, while trying to build resilience and promote long-term food security.