Somalia has been elected as a member of executive board of World Food programme (WFP) for the first time in decades.
According to a letter by WFP addressed to the Horn of Africa nation’s permanent representative to WFP, Somalia will be holding position for the next three years.
Somalia will assume its membership of the board on 1st of January next year as it would be taking part in decision making of the UN body.
“On Behalf of world food programme (WFP), I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations on the elections of the federal republic of Somalia to the WFP executive board for a period of three years,” the letter reads in part.
The move comes amid thousands of hectares of farmland is being destroyed in Somalia as desert locusts swarm over Somalia.
The locusts have damaged about 70,000 hectares of farmland in Somalia and neighboring eastern Ethiopia, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The FAO said the locust invasion was worse than had been predicted and was likely to spread to other nations in the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan.
“As the weather seems favorable for the locust breeding, there is a high probability that the locust will continue to breed until March-April 2020,” FAO regional coordinator David Phiri said.