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25 April 2016

WFP To Scale Up Emergency Operation To Reach 260,000 People In Ecuador Earthquake Zone

QUITO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the start of an emergency operation to assist 260,000 vulnerable and food insecure people seriously affected by the earthquake in Ecuador and in desperate need of food and other basic necessities.

25 April 2016

UN Agencies Concerned About Limited Funding To Assist South Sudanese Refugees In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed deep concern at funding shortfalls which could affect the assistance that is being provided to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

22 April 2016

US Support Vital As Vulnerable Communities In Cameroon Brace For Harsh Lean Season

YAOUNDE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of nearly 15,000 metric tons of food, worth US$21 million or CFA 12 billion, from USAID’s Food for Peace Program to Cameroon. This food will bring vital support to 300,000 people−refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and vulnerable food insecure populations−over the next three months, just when they need it most, at the onset of the lean season.

21 April 2016

A Year After Nepal Earthquake, WFP Focuses On Helping The Poorest Build Back Better

KATHMANDU – One year after an earthquake that killed over 9,000 people and led to damages and losses estimated at US$ 7 billion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Government of Nepal so those most vulnerable to food insecurity are not left behind.

21 April 2016

In South Sudan, Joint Rapid Response Missions Reach More than 1 Million People

JUBA  - More than one million people – 20 percent of them children under the age of 5 – have now received life-saving assistance from UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP) and their partners in South Sudan through 82 joint emergency missions to communities hardest-hit by conflict.

19 April 2016

WFP Convoy With Food Assistance Heads To Earthquake-Ravaged Areas Of Ecuador

QUITO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has sent a convoy with food assistance for some 8,000 people severely affected by the 7.8-earthquake that hit the coast of Ecuador, leaving more than 400 people dead and thousands more in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

18 April 2016

WFP Will Assist 1 Million Hungry Haitians Hit By Three-Year Drought

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will launch an emergency operation to assist 1 million people devastated by three years of prolonged drought exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon.

18 April 2016

Italy Contributes €1 Million To Help WFP Support Conflict-Affected People In Libya

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €1 million from the Government of Italy to provide much-needed food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the ongoing conflict in Libya.

13 April 2016

USAID’s Food For Peace Provides US$41 Million To Help WFP Support Displaced Families In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iraq has welcomed a contribution of US$41 million from the Government of the United States to provide vital food assistance for over 1.3 million displaced Iraqis.

11 April 2016

UNICEF And WFP Respond To Needs Of Drought-Affected People In Somaliland And Puntland

NAIROBI – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

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