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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.

28 November 2013
Harvests In DPR Korea Up 5 Percent For Third Year But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

ROME/PYONGYANG – A nationwide assessment by two United Nations agencies shows an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the third year running. Read more

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

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