News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

2 April 2014

UNHCR, WFP Leaders Witness Shocking State Of South Sudanese Refugees During Ethiopia Visit

As tens of thousands of South Sudanese continue to flee their conflict-torn homeland, the heads of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) travelled to Ethiopia's border region of Gambella from neighboring South Sudan to meet refugees who recently fled the conflict.

2 April 2014

Rome Agencies Host President Of Liberia For Event On Global Development Agenda

ROME – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) invite journalists to attend a news conference to mark a special event organised by the Rome-based agencies in honour of Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia.

Responding to Emergencies
1 April 2014

WFP And UN Refugee Agency Alarmed At Scale Of Needs In South Sudan

JUBA, 1 April  -- The heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) today warned that the crisis in South Sudan could endanger millions of lives in the coming months if urgent action is not taken to put an end to the conflict and support the civilians who are struggling to survive.

1 April 2014

UAE Contributes To WFP Saving Lives In Syria Conflict

ROME/GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of US$31 million from the Government of the United Arab Emirates towards its emergency humanitarian operations in Syria.

Responding to Emergencies
31 March 2014

Heads Of WFP And UNHCR Visit S. Sudan And Ethiopia Amid Alarming Spread Of Hunger And Displacement

JUBA, 31 March 2014 – Alarmed at the impact of ongoing violence in South Sudan, the heads of the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Refugee agency (UNHCR) arrived here today on a joint trip to meet conflict-affected people and to review the on-going response and needs amid a spiralling humanitarian crisis.

Responding to Emergencies
28 March 2014

Relief Supplies Reach Remote Akobo In South Sudan, With Joint Operation By UNICEF and WFP

Emergency distribution points set up as crisis escalates

JUBA – An urgent operation to deliver food, vaccines, nutrition supplements and other vital relief supplies to one of the most isolated areas of conflict-affected South Sudan has begun today, as part of a joint response by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

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25 March 2014

WFP Executive Director Addresses The DIHAD Conference In Dubai

DUBAI – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin delivered a keynote speech today at the 11th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD) on women in disasters.

ED - E.Cousin
21 March 2014

Central African Republic Exodus Worsens Regional Humanitarian Crisis: WFP

YAOUNDE – Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said today that the exodus of approximately 296,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo, is creating a regional crisis in countries that were already short of food.

21 March 2014

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Home-Grown School Feeding In Mozambique

MAPUTO – The Government of Japan has confirmed a contribution of US$400,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique. The funds will be used to strengthen WFP’s local procurement and enable the establishment of a home-grown school feeding programme in the country.
21 March 2014

Norway Assists Malawians Affected By Hunger Due To Poor Harvest

LILONGWE – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed more than US$7.9 million (approximately MK 3.3 billion) to support vulnerable families suffering the effects of poor harvests in Malawi this year.


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