News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
2 February 2018

Sweden and WFP sign landmark agreement bringing hope to millions in forgotten crises

STOCKHOLM – The Swedish Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement, with Sweden making a historic commitment of approximately US$370 million in flexible funds to WFP over the next four years (2018 to 2021). The contribution is the largest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement. 

31 January 2018

EU Contributed Over €1 Billion to WFP In The Fight Against Hunger in 2017

BRUSSELS - Last year, the European Commission contributed over €1 billion to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), making it the second-largest donor to the agency in 2017. Millions of people across 48 countries had better access to lifesaving and nutritious food thanks to the European Union’s (EU) commitment to fight hunger worldwide. 

Contributions to WFP
30 January 2018

Belgium strengthens partnership with WFP in a year of rising needs

BRUSSELS – In 2017, the Government of Belgium reinforced its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition. Last year, the Belgian Development Cooperation contributed nearly €20 million to WFP operations that assisted more than 14.5 million people in nine countries and supported responses to some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.

Responding to Emergencies
29 January 2018

The U.S. Government And the World Food Programme Partner To Defeat Malnutrition In Tajikistan

KHATLON PROVINCE, TAJIKISTAN – Staff from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director Mariko Kawabata in a visit to Balkhi district in Khatlon to review the progress of the recently launched project for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Tajikistan. The group visited a project-supported rural health center and spoke with healthcare professionals and patients receiving support.

29 January 2018

Hunger in conflict zones continues to intensify

ROME - FAO and WFP update UN Security Council on food insecurity hot spots, need for continued humanitarian support.

26 January 2018

World Food Programme Honours UPS With Hunger Hero Award

DAVOS — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has honoured David Abney, Chairman and CEO of UPS, in recognition of outstanding contributions the company and its foundation have made towards achieving Zero Hunger.


26 January 2018

Korean Youtube Star Great Library Sounds Alarm On Rise Of Global Hunger

SEOUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Korean YouTube celebrity Mr. Great Library (Dong-Hyun Na) have launched the “Player Unknown’s ShareTheMeal” campaign to alert the public about the rapid increase in the number of hungry people around the world. 

24 January 2018

WFP Statement on new actions to combat sexual harassment

In an email to staff, WFP Executive Director David Beasley today announced changes to the organisation’s policy on harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. The entire email follows:

Contributions to WFP
21 January 2018

Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya, Launches New Fund To Support Immediate Response To Global Emergency

DUBAI Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a stalwart supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Messenger of Peace, has contributed to the launch of a special fund to allow the rapid purchase and transportation of high energy biscuits in response to sudden onset emergencies.  The highly fortified biscuits provide people caught in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, or conflict, with an immediate source of nutritious food that is packed with energy.   

17 January 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo: UN Agencies in Urgent Bid to Prevent Famine in Kasai

KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  


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