News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

18 November 2015

Crucial Funding To WFP Avoids Suspension Of Food Assistance To Drought-Affected People In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.

16 November 2015

Nepal: Humanitarian Airlifts To Continue After US$ 2.58 million Donation

KATHMANDU – Airlifts of food and other humanitarian items will continue to reach earthquake-affected people in Nepal, after Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom agreed to donate more than US$ 2.58 million to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

12 November 2015

Over 2 Million In Central America Will Need Food Assistance Due To Drought, El Nino

PANAMA CITY – Some 2.3 million people in Central America, mostly subsistence farmers, day labourers and their families, will need food assistance because of significant crop losses due to prolonged drought exacerbated by the current El Niño event, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

12 November 2015

WFP Launches Free App For Smartphone Users To Help Feed Syrian Refugee Children

ShareTheMeal enables smartphone users to feed hungry children with a tap on their phone. ROME – Smartphone users will now be able to help feed Syrian refugee children with a tap on their mobile phone thanks to the ShareTheMeal app, developed by the United Nations World Food Programme and launched in countries around the world today.
10 November 2015

More Children In Guinea To Benefit From WFP Nutritious Meals This School Year

CONAKRY - More than 240,000 children will receive school meals this academic year in Guinea, as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expands its school meals programme from 735 to 1,605 primary schools across the country.

2 November 2015

Taking Action To Tackle “Unprecedented Challenge” Of Climate Change

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), and the German Red Cross (GRC) today announced a new pilot project that will help Bangladesh take urgent measures to better prepare for the impacts of climate change.

29 October 2015

WFP Warns Of Deepening Hunger In Southern Yemen City Of Taiz

SANA’A - The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month.

27 October 2015

Government, UN Food Agencies Warn Of Deteriorating Food Security In Southern Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – Nearly 1.9 million people - 46 percent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar - are now food insecure with 450,000 of them facing severe food insecurity, according to the Crop and Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), an assessment by the Government of Madagascar, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

23 October 2015

World Food Programme Celebrates The 70th Anniversary Of The United Nations

ROME – The anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Charter provides an opportunity to recognize the vision of a world “free of fear or want,” a goal as relevant today as it was 70 years ago, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said today.

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22 October 2015

UN Calls For Immediate Access To Conflict-Affected Areas To Prevent Catastrophe In South Sudan

3.9 million people now face severe hunger; tens of thousands on brink of famine.

JUBA – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.


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