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8 November 2017

Russia Debt-For-Development Initiative to support School Meals in Mozambique

ROME – An innovative debt-swap initiative between the Russian Federation and Mozambique has unlocked a commitment of US$40 million, which will be used by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Government of Mozambique to provide school meals for 150,000 children in Mozambique over the next five years.

6 November 2017

Harvest Season Provides Meagre Respite to South Sudan’s Hunger Crisis

ROME/JUBA - The current harvest season in South Sudan will not end the hunger crisis as conflict persists in most of the country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many, according to the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released today by the Government of South Sudan, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and other humanitarian partners.

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3 November 2017

Displaced People In Congo And Central African Republic Receive WFP Food Assistance From China

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a vital new US$5 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to internally displaced people in the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

31 October 2017

WFP reaches families trapped in Eastern Ghouta with food and nutritional aid

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered last night urgently needed food assistance to support tens of thousands of Syrians living in extremely difficult conditions in Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

31 October 2017

WFP And Spain Join Forces To Assist Poor Palestinians In Gaza With Food Vouchers

JERUSALEM/MADRID – A contribution of €300, 000 from Spain has enabled the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide much-needed food and nutrition assistance to nearly 23,000 vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, most of them women and children.

30 October 2017

Visiting WFP Chief warns of impending humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic Of Congo’s Kasai

KINSHASA – A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations World Food Programme warned today as he wrapped up a four-day mission to the central African country that included a visit to Kasai. Some 3.2 million people in the region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in need of assistance.

29 October 2017

Exclusive Telephone Briefing: Update on the Hunger Crisis in Kasai Region, DRC, by WFP’s Executive Director

Hunger is stalking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region. One quarter of its population – more than three million people – are severely food insecure, with acute malnutrition well above the 10 percent emergency threshold in the worst-off communities

27 October 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

KINSHASA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, arrived today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a four-day mission, amid a continuing deterioration of the country’s humanitarian situation.

26 October 2017

US Contribution To Boost WFP Food Assistance And Local Economy In Afghanistan

KABUL – The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$24 million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support food assistance to highly vulnerable Afghans affected by conflict, displacement, natural disasters, and seasonal hunger.
26 October 2017

WFP Appeals For Access To Besieged Syrian Enclave Amid Reports Of Severe Hunger

ROME -  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about media reports emerging from Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area not far from the Syrian capital. These reports signal extreme cases of hunger and malnutrition among conflict-affected families.

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