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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
27 March 2015

Food Reaches All Cyclone-Affected Islands In Vanuatu

BANGKOK/PORT VILA– Two weeks after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, food has reached all 22 cyclone-affected islands for more than 160,000 people. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the government-led relief effort by organizing distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government food packages where necessary.

Nutrition
27 March 2015

UN And Government Of Sri Lanka Launch Multi-Sector Initiative Against Undernutrition

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a joint project in support of Government policy to fight undernutrition in Sri Lanka. The ‘Scaling Up Nutrition through Multi-Sector Approach’ was launched on 18 March 2015 at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine under the auspices of Honorable Dr. Rajith Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, D. M. R. B. Dissanayke, Secretary to the Ministry, Ismail Omer, Representative and Country Director of WFP Sri Lanka and representatives from FAO.

27 March 2015

Nepal Opens First Humanitarian Staging Area, Built With Government & UK Aid Support

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have today inaugurated the country’s first Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

26 March 2015

Japan Provides Further Support To WFP’s Emergency Relief Work In South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$4.2 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support both its emergency response in South Sudan, and its United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the country.

25 March 2015

Japan Announces Support To WFP, WHO AND UNHCR To Assist South Sudanese Refugees And Ethiopian Host Community In Gambella

ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

25 March 2015

Russia’s Kamaz Trucks Support WFP Operations In East & Central Africa, Including Uganda

TORORO, Uganda –A contribution of 67 KAMAZ trucks, donated by the government of the Russian Federation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will assist its distributions and deliveries in Uganda and throughout the East and Central African region.

23 March 2015

Food On Its Way To Vanuatu Islands Worst-Hit By Cyclone Pam

ROME/PORT VILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Vanuatu’s food distributions in priority areas to feed survivors of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

23 March 2015

Kuwait Hosts WFP Photo Exhibition On Partnership To Assist Syrians In Crisis

KUWAIT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the State of Kuwait today inaugurated a photo exhibition highlighting WFP’s assistance to Syrians affected by the conflict now entering its fifth year.

20 March 2015

WFP Supports Vanuatu Government Food Distributions For Cyclone Pam Survivors

BANGKOK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Vanuatu to provide immediate food assistance to some 162,000 people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam.

Responding to Emergencies
20 March 2015

WFP Reaches Stranded Civilians In Luhansk City After Months Of Fighting

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday it had reached Luhansk city with three convoys this month, providing food assistance to nearly 10,000 stranded civilians for the first time since December.

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