News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 December 2016

WFP PDMA And FOCUS Launch Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) And School Safety Projects In Sanghar And Tharparkar

SANGHAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, in collaboration with Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA and DDMAs), have launched two new projects aimed at reducing the risks posed by natural disasters in Pakistan: a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project and a School Safety project.

6 December 2016

Swiss Support To WFP In DPR Korea Reaches Record High In 2016

PYONGYANG – In 2016, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed record level contributions from Switzerland - totaling more than US$8 million - to reach children and women with nutrition assistance in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Swiss support is helping WFP to reach 650,000 children and mothers for a period of ten months.

6 December 2016

Urgent Funding Needed To Reverse New Food Ration Cuts For Refugees In Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to make new cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya amid a severe funding shortage, as the agency is rapidly running out of resources to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.

School Meals
4 December 2016

Students Celebrate As School Meals Resume In Sudan’s Blue Nile State

DAMAZIN – Following a more than five-year hiatus, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) resumed its school meals programme in Sudan’s Blue Nile State this week for more than 7,000 students in 21 schools.

2 December 2016

Ireland Assists WFP Humanitarian Operations In Mozambique As The Lean Season Peaks

MAPUTO - The Irish Government today announced a contribution of EUR 1.5 million to support emergency operations by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique, where 1.4 million people are unable to meet their food needs due to an El Niño-induced drought.

Responding to Emergencies
1 December 2016

New Tactic Helps To Reach Hungry People In Remote Places In Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA – More than 45,000 people received life-saving food or nutrition support in northeastern Nigeria in the last week through a new tactic by the World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in the most remote, hard-to-access places hit by Boko Haram violence.

1 December 2016

Ireland Helps Maintain Critical Support To Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – Ireland today provided the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with a contribution of EUR 500,000 to support refugees hosted in Tanzania. With these funds, Ireland is helping WFP maintain its assistance operations for a quarter of a million refugees. The refugees, primarily from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are hosted by the Government of Tanzania at three camps in Kigoma Region in the west of Tanzania.
1 December 2016

WFP Executive Director Concludes Official Visit To Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a three-day visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reiterating WFP’s commitment to helping the country achieve Middle Income Country (MIC) status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

29 November 2016

Collaboration Saving Children’s Lives In Northeast Nigeria And Protecting Them In The Future

Abuja – Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (£16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

28 November 2016

WFP Executive Director To Visit Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms Ertharin Cousin, is to make an official visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 28-30 November.


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