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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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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.

 

14 August 2014

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Support Fight Against Hunger In Chad And C.A.R.

N’DJAMENA/BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of 640 million JPY (US$6.25 million) from the Government of Japan to provide vital food assistance to refugees and displaced people in Chad and in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

Journalists
12 August 2014

United States Government Contributes US$180 Million To Help Prevent Famine In South Sudan

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$180 million to help the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continue providing nutritious food assistance in South Sudan, which faces one of the most threatening hunger crises in the world.

Responding to Emergencies
12 August 2014

WFP Executive Director Visits Food Assistance Operation in Syria

DAMASCUS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a one-day visit to Damascus on Tuesday where she met with WFP staff, senior government officials and visited a WFP food distribution to oversee progress and discuss the operational challenges of one of the agency’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations worldwide.

Journalists
12 August 2014

France Steps Up Efforts To Assist South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The French government has announced a contribution of €500,000 (US$669,500) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutritional support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

Journalists
12 August 2014

UN World Food Programme Celebrates ‘Heroes Among Us’ On World Humanitarian Day

ROME – The World Food Programme (WFP) is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe in advance of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to bring attention to the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need.

11 August 2014

WFP And UNRWA Plan To Reach All Conflict-Affected Families In Gaza With Launch Of Special Emergency Food Assistance

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners today launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance.  

Journalists
6 August 2014

WFP Head Visits India To Address Asia Pacific Consultation On Family Farming

CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.

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