Former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley has been appointed head of the United Nation’s World Food Programme, the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.
It helps about 80 million people in about 80 countries every year.
This year there are calls for a sharp increase in support because of the largest number of hungry people in the last 80 years.
Beasley is a supporter of President Donald Trump and was recommended for the job by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Jose Graziano da Silva, the director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, made the announcement this week.
The executive board of the food agency, known as WFP, backed the selection.
Beasley will succeed Ertharin Cousin, an American lawyer and former U.S. ambassador, whose five-year term ends Tuesday.