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16 May 2014
Building Resilience Critical to End Hunger and Undernutrition by 2025

“Resilience will pay dividends for fragile communities who today face environmental, economic, and nutritional bankruptcy. For people in communities affected by droughts, floods, and other shocks, a resilience approach allows comprehensive action that both restores the productivity of people’s land and significantly improves their well-being. Empowering resilient families to withstand shocks can reduce—even by half—the likelihood that children will become malnourished.” Read more


Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin

16 May 2014
Cross-Border Convoy Moves Food Aid Into Northeast Syria As Access Constraints Intensify

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme has started moving more food supplies from Turkey into northeast Syria through the Nusaybin border crossing point to assist displaced families cut off from food supplies in Al-Hassakeh governorate. Read more

14 May 2014
Editor-In-Chief Of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani Named WFP Ambassador Against Hunger

“We are grateful to Franca Sozzani for choosing WFP and the fight against hunger as her priority commitment in the humanitarian world. In her role as a journalist and editor of leading fashion magazines, Sozzani has always paid great attention to the potential of girls and women in Africa and their empowerment through professional trainings and education” Read more


Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin

7 May 2014
WFP Airlifts Fuel To Bangui To Keep Life-Saving Aid Flowing In C.A.R.

“This airlift adds a huge additional cost to our operations in C.A.R., but we had no choice. Hundreds of thousands of people need our assistance in Bangui and in the interior of the country, and UNHAS is essential to the entire humanitarian community,” Read more


Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West Africa.

2 May 2014
UNHCR And WFP Warn: Fighting Is Preventing Aid Delivery In South Sudan

JUBA – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are calling on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to provide safe access to enable humanitarian assistance to reach vulnerable people including 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban County, Upper Nile State. Read more

23 April 2014
Joint Statement By Heads Of UN Humanitarian Agencies On Syria

NEW YORK, GENEVA, ROME, 23 April, 2014. One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough! Read more

Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin


8 April 2014
WFP Congratulates His Highness The Amir Of Kuwait On Being Honoured By UN Secretary-General

“The United Nations Secretary-General has presented His Highness with a certificate of appreciation for his tremendous efforts, and I also cannot stress too highly what an immense service the Amir has done, not least by hosting two donor conferences for Syria that highlighted to the world the plight of innocent people who have lost everything,” Read more


Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.


8 April 2014
WFP Dispatches Food For Record Number Of Syrians As Fears Rise About Impact Of Drought

“It has taken a massive effort from WFP and partners to scale up to reach 4 million people in March, but we fear now that a possible drought – if rainfall doesn’t pick up – could put the lives of millions more at risk. Syria suffered from five years of drought right before the conflict broke out and vulnerable communities in affected areas hardly had time to recover before they were hit by the conflict.” Read more


WFP’s coordinator for the Syrian crisis, Muhannad Hadi

4 April 2014
UN Rome-Based Agencies Reveal Food Security And Nutrition Targets For Post-2015 Agenda

“Food security and nutrition play a critical role in shaping a brighter tomorrow for today's most vulnerable families particularly the children.  Eliminating hunger unlocks the potential of individuals, communities and nations. Achieving these goals will require hardwiring equity into economic growth assuring no one is left behind.” Read more


Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

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

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