Executive Director's Videos


Just over a week after the earthquake, WFP has distributed food to more than 196,000 people, and has positioned supplies to feed about half a million people, in the worst-affected areas. The coming monsoon season means the clock is ticking to provide assistance to people who have lost everything. WFP is boosting its air and land assets to urgently reach more people, with both food and shelter, in the coming days. WFP urgently needs US$116.6 million to provide food for 1.4 million affected people for three months. For common services related to logistics, air transport and telecommunications, WFP requires another US$34 million over the next three months. ​

In South Sudan, 2.5 million people have started this year unsure of where their next meal is coming from, and we expect the situation will get worse with the start of the lean season in May. WFP is pre-positioning food before the rainy season makes more than half the country inaccessible by road. This reduces our reliance on costly air operations to reach people in need. All parties to the conflict must ensure the security of critically-needed food supplies.

At the end of a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, during which she met with government officials and key actors in the fight against Ebola, the UN World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today called upon partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the health crisis. In support of a unified response under the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), WFP has to date provided food assistance to 1.3 million people and is ramping up services to the whole humanitarian effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  

JUBA, 26 July 2014: The heads of UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country. 

ERBIL, Iraq – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on Wednesday ended a two-day visit to Iraq after high-level talks with government officials in the Kurdistan Regional Government, donors, and meeting displaced families who fled the violence in Mosul. WFP has launched an emergency operation to feed the conflict-affected population in Iraq and its operations to feed over half a million people of the newly displaced people amid security and funding challenges. Before the latest wave of displacements, starting with the violence in Mosul, WFP has already been assisting 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar Governorate, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.