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20 January 2014
UN World Food Programme Executive Director Visiting Iran

Ertharin Cousin, the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, has arrived for a 2-day visit to Iran. During her trip to the capital, she will meet Government officials, donors and the UN community. She will also visit a camp hosting Afghan refugees, where WFP has been providing food assistance for many years. Read more

13 January 2014
WFP Expands Assistance To South Sudanese Fleeing Conflict, Condemns Looting Of Humanitarian Supplies

“WFP began providing food for displaced people within days of the outbreak of fighting, and we have already assisted at least 100,000 people in South Sudan since the conflict erupted in mid-December. But while we and our partners are reaching more people every day, we still face difficulties accessing some areas, and the looting of food and other assets from a number of our compounds and warehouses around the country, most recently in Bentiu on Thursday, greatly complicates our relief efforts.” Read more


WFP East and Central Africa Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri

24 December 2013
WFP Provides Food For South Sudanese Displaced By Current Conflict

“WFP has been working hard both to provide food assistance for South Sudanese civilians affected by this crisis, and to support humanitarian workers in need of relocation. We call on all parties to protect the lives of innocent civilians and to respect the neutrality of humanitarian workers as they try to assist those in need.” read more


 WFP South Sudan Country Director Chris Nikoi. 

23 December 2013
Rome-Based UN Agencies Join Forces On Food Losses

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a  joint project to tackle the global problem of food losses. Read more

18 December 2013
Aid Principals calling for decisive action to increase humanitarian access and funding for Syria crisis

Statement by Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director UN World Food Programme, Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Anthony Lake, Executive Director UN Children's Fund. Read more

16 December 2013
WFP Scales Up Its Syria Emergency Operation As Growing Numbers Struggle For Food

“This is the worst humanitarian crisis that we have seen in decades, with every day more vulnerable Syrians pushed into hunger. One way of slowing the influx of refugees into neighbouring countries is by providing essential and urgently needed humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected Syrians inside their country” Read more


WFP’s Syria Emergency Coordinator, Muhannad Hadi

10 December 2013
Emergency Food Assistance Reaches People Displaced By Violence In Central African Republic

“The humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic remains critical and will worsen as people continue  to be affected  by violence. WFP together with partners, needs to be in the front line to provide support and assist the most  vulnerable,” Read more


Guy Adoua, WFP Deputy Country Director.

9 December 2013
Queen Máxima And Senior UN Officials Visit Ethiopia And Tanzania To Highlight The Role Of Financial Inclusion In Improving The lives Of Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor. Read more

6 December 2013
World Food Programme Staff Worldwide Join South Africa In Mourning The Passing Of President Nelson Mandela

“Hunger is an issue of social justice and not economics. Our economic approach to food and its distribution reflects our basic moral values. There are relatively poor countries where almost everyone is reasonably fed and richer ones where there is widespread malnutrition. The economic systems in these countries vary. Those who have succeeded have done so because they have made it a priority to end it. Hunger is a moral issue.” Read more


President Nelson Mandela, in 2004, in a message delivered to a meeting of WFP’s senior staff,

3 December 2013
WFP Forced To Reduce Its Food Assistance In Democratic Republic Of Congo

“We are very worried about the fate of thousands of people who depend on WFP food assistance. At a time when the Congolese Government and the international community are intensifying their efforts to stabilize the eastern DRC, a suspension, even a reduction, of humanitarian assistance could seriously compromise our long-standing investment in improving food security, restoring livelihoods and building resilience.” Read more


Martin Ohlsen, WFP Representative in DRC.

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