News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

20 January 2016

Half The Population Of The Central African Republic Faces Hunger, WFP Warns

BANGUI – An Emergency Food Security Assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners reveals that half the population of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) – nearly 2.5 million people − faces hunger. This marks a doubling in the number of hungry people in a one-year period, as conflict and insecurity have led to limited access to and availability of food.

20 January 2016

WFP Opens Logistics Hub For Humanitarian Assistance In Horn Of Africa

DJIBOUTI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with the Government of Djibouti has officially opened a new humanitarian logistics base that will support assistance operations across the Horn of Africa by improving storage and transport of relief goods.

20 January 2016

WFP Boosts Food Security By Connecting Smallholder Farmers To Global Markets

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an important agreement which is the next step towards unlocking opportunities for smallholder farmers in the developing world.

19 January 2016

Emirates Red Crescent Contribution Helps WFP Save Lives In Northern Mali

BAMAKO - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC)’s contribution of US$1 million to help nearly 30,000 malnourished children and women in the regions of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, where the nutritional situation is alarming.

19 January 2016

Growing Concern About Impact Of Food Shortages On Refugees In Malawi - UN Agencies

LILONGWE – A lack of funds could have severe consequences for more than 23,500 refugees at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Malawi, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned today.

18 January 2016

Growing Concern About El Nino’s Impact On Southern Africa As Planting Window Closes

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.

14 January 2016

ShareTheMeal App Hits First Target, Now Raises Funds For Children, Mothers And Mums-To-Be In Syria

ROME – Two months after its global launch, the United Nations World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app has fulfilled its goal of ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugee children in Jordan will have vital nutrition at school for one year. Starting today, app users can help a new group of needy Syrians with a tap on their smartphones – mothers, children and mums-to-be in the war-torn city of Homs.

14 January 2016

WFP Executive Director Ends Trip Strengthening Partnerships In India

NEW DELHI/BHUBANESWAR – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today concluded a three-day visit to India where she met senior government officials and private-sector leaders in New Delhi.

13 January 2016

Baringo County Government And World Food Programme Sign Joint Plan To Strengthen Food Security

NAIROBI –The County Government of Baringo and the World Food Programme have entered into a two-year agreement on reinforcing the ability of the local authorities to address hunger.

13 January 2016

Visit To Zambia By Executive Director Of The UN World Food Programme

LUSAKA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will make an official visit to Zambia this week, arriving in the capital, Lusaka, on Thursday 14 January and leaving on Sunday 17 January.


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