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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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2 September 2014

U.S.A. Makes New Contribution To WFP’s Life-Saving Work Fighting Hunger In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous US$40 million contribution from the US government to provide food assistance for 2.8 million of the poorest Yemenis over the next few months.
Cash and Vouchers
2 September 2014

Voucher System Provides Vulnerable Families In Gaza With Critical Supplies

GAZA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to ensure critical food, water and sanitation supplies reach the most vulnerable families and children affected by 50 days of armed conflict in Gaza.

2 September 2014

WFP Steps Up Emergency Assistance And Logistical Support In Fight Against Ebola

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) is stepping up assistance to people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – and increasing logistical support to the whole humanitarian community fighting the spread of the virus.

Responding to Emergencies
2 September 2014

WFP Reaches A Record Number Of People Inside Syria With Food Assistance

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched food to a record-breaking number of 4.1 million people inside war-ravaged Syria in August due to improved access with increased cross-line operations within Syria and more cross-border convoys.

28 August 2014

Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

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.

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