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26 November 2013
By Air, Land And Sea, Food Assistance Reaches Outlying Areas Hit By Typhoon Haiyan

TACLOBAN, Philippines – As assessments of the devastation wreaked by Super-Typhoon Haiyan highlight the immediate need to provide food assistance to all affected communities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extending its reach with airlifts, ferry services and trucks. Read more

22 November 2013
WFP Executive Director Commends Joint Initiatives With The Government Of India In The Fight Against Hunger And Malnutrition

 “Given the Government’s commitment towards the most vulnerable, we are confident that with innovative solutions, together we will be able to reach India’s poorest with better nutrition,” Cousin said after meetings with the Minister for Agriculture and Cooperation and the Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. Read more

20 November 2013
WFP Executive Director Visiting India To Hold High-Level Governmental Meetings

The UN World Food Programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has arrived in New Delhi for a 2-day visit to India. Her trip to the capital will focus on WFP-supported local solutions that are helping battle malnutrition. Read more

18 November 2013
Food Still Major Priority As WFP Executive Director Meets Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan

“What I've seen in Tacloban today is the incredible resilience of the Filipino people. These people are not asking for a handout, they're asking for a hand up to rebuild their lives," Cousin said, after helping to distribute High Energy Biscuits to children at a local high school that has been turned into an evacuation centre. Read more

15 November 2013
Food And Other Aid Flows Into Tacloban As Debris From Typhoon Haiyan Is Cleared And Communities Become Reachable

TACLOBAN, Philippines – As debris is cleared from important roads and the port has reopened, the flow of humanitarian aid – including food – has picked up in the city of Tacloban and surrounding communities hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan. High Energy Biscuits were distributed today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to communities in Leyte Province, and more than 170,000 people have received rice rations to date, as part of family food packs from WFP handed out by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Read more

13 November 2013
WFP Rice Feeds Nearly 50,000 People Driven From Their Homes By Typhoon Haiyan

TACLOBAN, Philippines – Nearly 50,000 people around this city battered by Typhoon Haiyan received rice today provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as part of family packs distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development. Read more

8 November 2013
Conflict In Central African Republic Puts More Than A Million At Risk Of Hunger

“Immediate action must be taken to end violence in the country to allow hundreds of thousands of displaced persons to return to their homes and farms,” Read more


Housainou Taal, WFP’s representative in CAR.  


16 October 2013
ON World Food Day, WFP Says Investment In Nutrition Is Key To Unlocking A Better Future

“Undernourished girls and boys face barriers in health, in school performance and later, in the workplace, which limit their human potential and their capacity to contribute to the societies in which they live. Prioritising nutrition today is an investment in our collective global future.  The investment must involve food, agriculture, health and education systems,” Read more


WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

11 October 2013
WFP Launches E-Cards For Syrian Refugees In Lebanon With Mastercard’s Support

As part of its massive humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out an innovative electronic voucher programme in Lebanon that will allow hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees to meet their food needs and help boost the local economy. Read more

1 October 2013
Global Hunger Down, But Millions Still Chronically Hungry

Some 842 million people, or roughly one in eight, suffered from chronic hunger in 2011-13, not getting enough food to lead active and healthy lives according to a report released by the UN food agencies. The number is down from 868 million reported for the 2010-12 period, according to the State of Food Insecurity in the World, published every year  by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). The vast majority of hungry people live in developing regions, while 15.7 million live in developed countries. Read more

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