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12 February 2016

El Niño Set To Have A Devastating Impact On Southern Africa’s Harvests And Food Security

Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

11 February 2016

UN Agencies Press Donors To Keep Up Vital Support For Malian Refugees In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urge donors to provide immediate support to ensure that 50,000 Malian refugees in Mauritania’s Mberra camp continue to receive life-saving assistance. The three agencies warn that current funding will only cover needs until April.

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10 February 2016

Egyptian Government To Expand National School Feeding Programme To Reach All Public Schools

ROME/CAIRO – The Egyptian Government has presented a national strategy to expand its school-feeding activities during a School Feeding side event organized alongside an Executive Board meeting of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

9 February 2016

World Food Programme Provides Food To Syrians Fleeing Aleppo Fighting

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in northern Aleppo.

9 February 2016

El Niño, Drought Blamed As Severe Food Insecurity Doubles In 6 Months In Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

School Meals
8 February 2016

US Supports School Meals For Thousands Of Children To Help Build Ivory Coast’s Future

ABIDJAN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed US$35.6 million from the U.S. Government’s McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to enable WFP to maintain its sustainable School Meals Programme in Ivory Coast for the next five years.

8 February 2016

UN Agencies Warn Of Escalating Food Crisis In South Sudan

Rise in hunger at harvest time; harsh and prolonged 2016 lean season approaching

5 February 2016

UN To Build The Resilience Of Communities In Karamoja

FAO, UNICEF and WFP launch joint resilience strategy to improve well-being of Karimojong

4 February 2016

Unprecedented German Contribution To WFP Brings Hope To Millions In Syria Crisis

LONDON – At the Supporting Syria and the Region conference today, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, personally thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s landmark contribution to WFP of €570 million (US$623 million) from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

4 February 2016

WFP Takes Part Today In Supporting Syria And The Region Conference In London

What: Syria is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and and the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London brings together donors, host governments, aid agencies and civil society to address immediate humanitarian relief alongside longer-term needs such as jobs, education and livelihoods.

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