He said the WFP is allowed to operate in Burma with relatively few restrictions. But he said many humanitarian workers are hampered by complex bureaucratic procedures, taxes and market restrictions on staples, such as rice.
"The government needs to be much more thoughtful and committed to addressing these tough issues that I have described," he said.
The WFP director said he sought to make this point in a meeting Thursday, with Burma's prime minister. He also met with some of the political opposition, though not with detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burma's political situation has received worldwide attention, and the United States, the European Union and the United Nations have been harshly critical of the continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi. But the problem of hunger in the country is not widely known.