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23 June 2017

Saudi Dates Offer Nutritional Boost To Three West African Nations

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes the contribution, from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, of 250 metric tonnes of dates, worth US$ 650,000, which will give a nutritional boost to more than 130,000 hungry and vulnerable people in Chad, Mauritania and Burkina Faso this Ramadan season.

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23 June 2017

WFP Welcomes Contribution From USA To Support Pakistanis In Need

ISLAMABAD – The most vulnerable people in Pakistan will continue to receive assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanks to a contribution of US$25 million from the United States government. The donation was announced by the “Food for Peace” Office of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and will allow WFP to carry on with programmes providing food, cash and education for families in the poorest parts of Pakistan, as well as working to improve the nutrition of women and children throughout the country.

22 June 2017

Sri Lanka’s Food Production Hit By Extreme Drought Followed By Floods

ROME – A severe drought followed by heavy rainfalls in Sri Lanka has hit large swaths of cropping areas, threatening the food security of some 900,000 people, according to a report published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

22 June 2017

Breakthrough As WFP Food Convoy Reaches Besieged Syrian Town

DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.

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22 June 2017

Australia Announces Funding To Build Community Resilience In Cox’s Bazar

DHAKA – The Australian Government has announced additional support of AUD3.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.

Responding to Emergencies
21 June 2017

South Sudan Famine Ebbs, But Situation Still Desperate As Hunger Spreads

ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

19 June 2017

Germany Provides €28 Million To Support WFP Cash Assistance Programme For Conflict-Affected Iraqis

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of €28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four governorates across the country.

19 June 2017

WFP’s Humanitarian Aviation Expertise On Display At Paris Air Show

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to be taking part, for the seventh year in a row, in the international Paris Air Show. Held from 19 to 25 June, the top event of its kind in the world will allow WFP to showcase its aviation expertise and ability to deliver crucial assistance in times of crisis. It will also offer a chance to explore the availability of new aircraft, air operators and technologies for humanitarian aviation.

15 June 2017

WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Cope With Severe Drought In Swaziland

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.

14 June 2017

WFP Delivers Food To Displaced Families In Syria’s Raqqa And Deir Ezzor

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.

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