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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
25 February 2014

WFP Warns Of Regional Crisis Due To Mass Exodus From Violent Central African Republic

ROME - As thousands of people continue to flee violence across the Central African Republic (CAR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that neighbouring countries are struggling with more than 150,000 new arrivals in urgent need of assistance.

ED - E.Cousin
24 February 2014

Mexico And UN World Food Programme To Strengthen Partnership In Fight Against Hunger

MEXICO CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, begins a two-day visit to Mexico today. During her visit to the capital, Cousin will meet with the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, government officials and private sector representatives.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2014

WFP Executive Director Visits Zimbabwe At Peak Of The Country's Lean Season

Harare – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has met Zimbabwe’s leaders to discuss food insecurity in the country. It is estimated that at this point of the lean season – the pre-harvest period when many families have depleted their own-produced stocks – one in four people in rural areas is having problems meeting food needs.

Hunger in the news
19 February 2014

Visit To Zimbabwe By Executive Director Of The United Nations World Food Programme

HARARE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, begins a visit to Zimbabwe today. She will meet senior government officials and local representatives of donor governments to discuss WFP operations and issues of food and nutrition security in the country.

Preventing Hunger
17 February 2014

Guatemala and Canada Work to Improve Food Security and Reduce Malnutrition

The Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala, Stuart Savage, and the Representative of the World Food Programme (WFP), Mario Touchette, joined government officials of Guatemala, to officially launch the programme “Guatemalan Maize Alliance Against Hunger”, which aims to support Guatemala’s efforts to increase agricultural productivity and reduce malnutrition.

17 February 2014

WFP Strengthens Its Programmes In Madagascar With Support From Switzerland

Geneva / Antananarivo - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) strengthens its programmes aimed to combat food insecurity in Madagascar, particularly through its relief and recovery operation in response to natural disasters.

14 February 2014

Inspiring Photo Exhibition: Progress Towards A Zero Hunger World

ROME - The photo exhibition “Eliminating Hunger in our Lifetimes” portrays some of the millions of people who receive food assistance each year from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanks to the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one of WFP’s main donors.

Responding to Emergencies
12 February 2014

WFP Starts Airlifting Food Into Central African Republic Facing Deeper Hunger Crisis

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began to airlift food into the Central African Republic (CAR) today as the country faces a deepening hunger crisis with its roads too insecure to move in enough food for 1.25 million people affected by violence.

12 February 2014

WFP Executive Board Approves Two-Year Relief And Recovery Operation In Yemen

ROME –  The governing body of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the WFP Executive Board, has approved a two-year, US$491-million operation, aimed at supporting a gradual shift from relief food assistance to promoting recovery and building resilience and livelihoods among vulnerable and food-insecure people in Yemen.

11 February 2014

United States Provides More Help For Zimbabwe’s Hungry Families

UMGUZA, Zimbabwe – The United States is providing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with an additional US$4 million to support vulnerable families suffering from the effects of drought and consecutive poor harvests in Zimbabwe.

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