Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.
MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying cutting-edge blockchain technology to make cash-based transfers faster, cheaper and more secure.
ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.
ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.
BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Lebanon and Syria where he assessed the growing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Syrians and met senior government officials and partners to discuss humanitarian operations in both countries.
BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, will make an official visit to Lebanon and Syria. This is the first visit of the newly appointed Executive Director to WFP operations since he assumed office earlier this month.
DAMASCUS – In March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing school meals for the first time to Syrian children attending public primary schools in areas in Aleppo city previously inaccessible to WFP and other humanitarian organizations.
CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of more than US$15 million from the Government of Japan that will support almost six million people affected by the ongoing crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided life-saving emergency food assistance in 2016 to vulnerable families affected by the conflict in Syria thanks in part to contributions from the European Union (EU).