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18 September 2014
International Financial Institutions To Provide US$21.7 Million To Help Meet Food Needs As Ebola Crisis Deepens

“The World Food Programme welcomes this timely response from the World Bank and IFAD. We cannot adequately meet the health needs of these communities without addressing the rapidly increasing hunger and food security challenges. Medical treatment without food and water will not effectively combat the disease.” Read more

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in Rome

18 September 2014
Funding Shortfall Forces WFP To Announce Cutbacks To Syrian Food Assistance Operation

“We have reached a critical point in our humanitarian response in Syria and in neighbouring countries and unless we manage to secure significant funding in the next few days, I am afraid we will have no choice but to scale back our operation,” Read more

Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syrian crisis.

12 September 2014
WFP Launches An Emergency Operation To Feed People Affected By Violence In East Ukraine

“The fighting in the last few months primarily in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk and surrounding areas has significantly disrupted access to food and basic services. While many have remained, thousand of other families have fled their homes at short notice, often without anything even for the journey,” Read more

Carlo Scaramella, WFP Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

12 September 2014
WFP Head To Visit Japan To Participate In The World Assembly For Women In Tokyo

At the invitation of the Government of Japan, Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will make a two-day visit to Japan from today to participate in the World Assembly for Women (WAW! Tokyo 2014). Read more

4 September 2014
WFP Resumes Food Assistance In Iraq’s Largest Governorate, Al-Anbar

“The number of people displaced by violence across Iraq is increasing at an alarming rate and access to certain areas is very difficult. WFP and its partners are working around the clock to provide urgently needed assistance to over 800,000 displaced Iraqis in 10 governorates since June,” Read more

Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe

4 September 2014
Finland Donates €29 Million Over Four Years To Provide Life-Saving Food In Crises

“Finland stands out among our partners, providing an example of good humanitarian donorship. The importance of predictable and flexible contributions cannot be overstated. It is absolutely crucial. WFP depends on these funds which ensure our ability to respond quickly and innovatively in various emergencies. Finland enables WFP to meet the increasing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable – as they deserve, and the world expects.” Read more

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

2 September 2014
WFP Steps Up Emergency Assistance And Logistical Support In Fight Against Ebola

“We are multiplying our efforts to bring food assistance to all people in need and to provide logistical support to sister agencies and non-governmental organizations working  to contain the virus and meet the basic needs of affected people,” Read more

Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West Africa.

2 September 2014
WFP Reaches A Record Number Of People Inside Syria With Food Assistance

“We are reaching more people every day with urgently needed food assistance – many of them have been going hungry for months. We will build on these gains in the coming weeks and months and hope that all parties to the conflict will continue to facilitate our access to the women, children and families that remain out of our reach behind conflict lines,” Read more

Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis

27 August 2014
WFP Lifeline Operation To Feed Displaced Iraqis Reaches Over 700,000 People

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is extremely challenging. Thanks to the generous contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WFP has been prepared to provide food to communities that need it most and are in a very difficult and complex security situation.” Read more

Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

27 August 2014
WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food To Gaza Through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” Read more

Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

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