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22 July 2014

WFP Airlifts Food To Displaced Families Amid Growing Hunger In Northeastern Syria

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started today airlifting food for a total of 50,000 of the most vulnerable displaced people in Syria’s northeastern Al Hassakeh governorate as food deliveries by road are blocked and concern is rising about growing needs.
22 July 2014

European Commission Tops Up Contribution To WFP Sudan

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed an additional contribution of €9.1 million (US$12.3 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to its operations in Sudan.

Responding to Emergencies
22 July 2014

50 Times More Food Moved By Air As WFP Tackles Multiple Emergencies

GENEVA – A surge of conflict in the first half of this year prompted a more than fifty-fold increase in the amount of life-saving food and goods moved globally by air by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in need, compared to the same period last year.

18 July 2014

Japan’s Ambassador Visits South Sudanese Refugees Assisted By WFP In Gambela

ADDIS ABABA – The Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, visited refugee camps in Gambela yesterday (Thursday 17 July) to see how the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing critically-needed food assistance to South Sudanese refugees, thanks to Japan’s contribution of US$4.2 million.
Responding to Emergencies
17 July 2014

WFP Distributes Food During Ceasefire In Gaza

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has taken advantage of a five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation in violence and to move food stocks into position around the Gaza Strip.

16 July 2014

Joint Statement On Security Council Resolution 2165 On Humanitarian Access In Syria

NEW YORK/ ROME, 16 July, 2014 – We welcome Security Council Resolution 2165 on humanitarian access in Syria, which should enable us to reach up to 2.9 million more people with vital aid. This resolution represents a breakthrough in our efforts to get aid to Syrians in need.

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16 July 2014

UN World Food Programme Head To Visit Australia As Guest And Panellist Of The B20

SYDNEY – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will make a two-day visit to Australia this week to participate in the Business 20 Australia (B20) Summit in Sydney on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July.

15 July 2014

Food Security Survey Shows 10 Million Yemenis Still Struggle For Food

SANA’A – Preliminary findings of a new survey by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that while food security has improved in some areas, over 10 million Yemenis – more than 40 percent of the population – don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Responding to Emergencies
11 July 2014

WFP Providing Food To Refugees Fleeing Violence In Nigeria

YAOUNDE – As violence in northeastern Nigeria causes massive displacement, thousands of families have fled across the border into Cameroon where the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing humanitarian assistance despite insecurity and logistical challenges.

10 July 2014

Japan Supports Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.4 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to some 70,000 refugees in north-western Tanzania.

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