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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
27 August 2014

WFP Lifeline Operation To Feed Displaced Iraqis Reaches Over 700,000 People

KARBALA, IRAQ – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.

27 August 2014

WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food To Gaza Through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

GAZA – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

27 August 2014

Latest Bangladesh Poverty Maps Launched By BBS, World Bank And WFP

DHAKA – The Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, M.A. Mannan MP, today launched the Bangladesh Poverty Maps 2010. This is the third generation of poverty maps in Bangladesh, which is an important statistical instrument for estimating the poverty incidence up to sub-district (upazila) levels.

WFP Ambassadors
26 August 2014

Singer Sami Yusuf Joins WFP As Global Ambassador Against Hunger

ROME – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, Sami Yusuf, has today joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.  Yusuf, who is a long-term supporter of WFP, will use his status as a hunger Ambassador to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.

26 August 2014

WFP Starts Food Distributions Following Floods In Kurigram, Sirajganj And Jamalpur

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.
25 August 2014

WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia.  Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

22 August 2014

WFP Condemns Ration Card Scam In Bossaso

BOSSASO/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges residents of Bossaso to beware of a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2014

Saudi Arabia Contribution Saves Lives, Allows WFP To Rapidly Respond To Food Crisis In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to scale up food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis displaced from their homes in recent weeks thanks to a generous contribution of US$148.9 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

19 August 2014

World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

Cash and Vouchers
18 August 2014

WFP Launches ‘Foodcard’ Voucher System In Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camps

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a brand-new electronic food card system to allow refugee families to choose the food they want and need in Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar.

 

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