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31 March 2014
Rome Agencies Host President Of Liberia For Event On Global Development Agenda

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) invite journalists to attend a news conference to mark a special event organised by the Rome-based agencies in honour of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia. Read more

31 March 2014
Heads Of WFP And UNHCR Visit S. Sudan And Ethiopia Amid Alarming Spread Of Hunger And Displacement

"Large-scale population displacement and disruption of markets and trade routes are creating a food security crisis. People are in acute need. Humanitarians require two things: safe access to those in need and the funds to bring in lifesaving supplies – food, shelter, vaccines, healthcare and other aid. Several countries have contributed generously, but at current levels we are only able to cover a fraction of the needs.” Read more

 

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

19 March 2014
Forgotten Crisis In Central African Republic Rapidly Deteriorating Into A Neglected Tragedy, WFP Head Warns

“The entire population, not only the displaced, is affected and live in a precarious food situation. The people of CAR particularly women and children need us now. We must act before the rains exacerbate the tragic situation. We must not wait until pictures of skeletal, severely underweight, children document our failure and neglect.” Read more

 

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

18 March 2014
WFP Airdrops Food In South Sudan

“We are in a race against time to get assistance to people who are in critical need in places we simply haven’t been able to reach by road or river. Given the level of the conflict, we have known for some time that we would have to move some food by air to some parts of the country, particularly during the rainy season, but we have faced more difficulties than envisioned and now need to deliver more food by air than  planned.” Read more

 

WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi

10 March 2014
Syria Conflict Enters Fourth Year As Some Food Reaches Previously Inaccessible Areas

“One-off convoys into besieged areas can provide temporary relief, but WFP still needs proper and sustained access to people to provide life-saving assistance and also to assess the scale of the needs” Read more

 

Amir Abdulla, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, in Geneva.

7 March 2014
Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

“Giving women the power to make choices over their lives is one of the first steps towards a world with zero hunger. In every country where WFP works, women are front and centre in programmes to tackle the problems of food insecurity and undernutrition. We work with women farmers, traders, nutrition workers, school cooks and we serve millions of schoolgirls, pregnant women and nursing mothers.” Read more

 

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

25 February 2014
WFP Warns Of Regional Crisis Due To Mass Exodus From Violent Central African Republic

"We are facing a regional crisis, that goes well beyond the borders of the Central African Republic. These people – most of them women and children – have seen their homes burned and witnessed unspeakable violence and had no choice but to leave”. Read more

 

 WFP’s West Africa Regional Director Denise Brown.

12 February 2014
WFP Starts Airlifting Food Into Central African Republic Facing Deeper Hunger Crisis

“With the cycle of violence unstopped and the economy disrupted, CAR faces an even harsher nutrition and food crisis. These airlifts are a lifeline so we can bring food to the most vulnerable wherever we can reach them,” Read more

 

WFP Regional Director for West Africa Denise Brown.

10 February 2014
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin Demands Safe Access To Vulnerable Civilians In All Communities Inside Syria

 “The last few days have been agonizing for people in the Old City of Homs and the humanitarian aid workers who have risked their lives to get food, medical supplies and other essentials into the City after more than 600 days of besiegement". Read more

 

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

4 February 2014
WFP Airlifts Bring Aid To Most Vulnerable In Northeast Syria Amid Growing Challenges

“It is tragic to see the most vulnerable Syrians going hungry and paying the heavy price for a political conflict with no end in sight. We call upon all parties to provide us with continuous and unimpeded access across the country. WFP should be able to reach all those who need food assistance all the time.” Read more

 

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

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