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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
6 November 2014

WFP Continues Scaling Up Ebola Response With Partners:“Together We Must Do More”

FREETOWN – At the end of a three-day visit to Sierra Leone, during which she met with government officials and key actors in the fight against Ebola, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today called upon partners all over the world to work together to address the critical needs of those affected by the health crisis.

For Companies
6 November 2014

WFP, MasterCard, Poste Italiane launch integrated online donation platform for everyday payments

To mark the launch of this new donation platform MasterCard and GFK unveil research into the donation habit of Italian consumers

Cash and Vouchers
6 November 2014

WFP Provides Cash Transfers To Families Affected By Floods With Funding From DFID And ECHO


DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided unconditional mobile phone cash transfers to assist people whose homes and livelihoods were severely affected by the devastating floods in the Northwest of Bangladesh in August.

3 November 2014

USA Gives $27 Million To Help Children In Laos Eat & Learn In School

VIENTIANE - The U.S. Ambassador to Laos PDR, Daniel Clune, announced today that the U.S. government, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), would support WFP’s mid-morning snack and lunch programmes in Laos with US$27 million to assist more than 170,000 children over the next three years.
30 October 2014

WFP Reaches Vulnerable Communities In Abyei With Life-Saving Food Assistance

KHARTOUM/ABYEI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has started this week distribution of life-saving food assistance for the vulnerable communities in northern Abyei for the first time since May 2011.
29 October 2014

Central African Republic: Farming And Families Hit By Insecurity

Agriculture, the backbone of the economy, has contracted by 46 percent, compared to pre-crisis levels

Responding to Emergencies
28 October 2014

WFP Telecoms And Logistics Teams Support Humanitarian Surge In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed a ten-person emergency team of telecommunications and logistics experts in Iraq to ensure humanitarian partners are equipped with the means to provide rapid delivery of aid to people in need.
28 October 2014

Yemen Deputy Prime Minister Assures WFP Of Government Support “At This Critical Time”

SANA’A – The Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen, Abdullah Mohsen Al-Akwa, has pledged continuing government support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), stressing that cooperation  with the international humanitarian community was all the more important at “this critical time for Yemen”.

School Meals
27 October 2014

Italian-Egyptian Programme And WFP Complete “Food For Education” Partnership

CAIRO – The Italian-Egyptian Debt for Development Swap Programme and the World Food Programme (WFP) have today successfully completed their “Food for Education” initiative to reduce vulnerability to hunger and enhance nutrition and education.
25 October 2014

UN Aircraft Flies Medical Supplies For The World Health Organization To Mali

MONROVIA – A United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) aircraft has flown one metric ton of critical medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Malian capital of Bamako after the first case of Ebola was identified in the country.

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