News Releases

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

WFP Executive Director Demands Safe Access To Vulnerable Civilians In All Communities Inside Syria

 “The last few days have been agonizing for people in the Old City of Homs and the humanitarian aid workers who have risked their lives to get food, medical supplies and other essentials into the City after more than 600 days of besiegement.

Responding to Emergencies
7 February 2014

Three Months After Yolanda, WFP’s Support Boosts Recovery For Survivors

MANILA/TACLOBAN – Three months after Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, devastated the Philippines, more than 2.8 million people have received emergency food and nutrition support through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of the Philippines, NGOs and UN agencies. In the coming weeks and months, WFP will help families rebuild their livelihoods while continuing to meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable.

Responding to Emergencies
4 February 2014

WFP Airlifts Bring Aid To Most Vulnerable In Northeast Syria Amid Growing Challenges

QAMISHLI, Syria –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started airlifting on Tuesday enough food to feed close to 30,000 displaced people for a month from Iraq to Qamishli in northeast Syria amid growing problems in reaching people, especially in conflict and besieged areas.

3 February 2014

Russia Helps WFP Support Food-Insecure Families In Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK – The Government of the Russian Federation has announced its renewed commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing US$3 million to support the most food-insecure families in the Kyrgyz Republic through community projects.

3 February 2014

Russia Supports WFP Operations In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$2 million contribution from the Russian Federation that will support WFP’s food distributions in Sudan.

31 January 2014

WFP Welcomes Japan Contribution To Assist Zimbabwe’s Poor & Hungry Families

MASVINGO – At a ceremony in Masvingo today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanked the Ambassador of Japan, Yonezo Fukuda, for his country’s donation of US$4.2 million to boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe. 

30 January 2014

Buying From Small Farmers Boosts The Economy And Helps Meet Food Needs Of Haiti’s Poor, Says WFP Regional Director

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Purchasing food produced by small farmers in Haiti to help meet local people’s food needs while boosting the economy is a pillar of the United Nations World Food Programme’s strategy in this Caribbean nation, said the new WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto.

Responding to Emergencies
28 January 2014

Securing Supply Routes Vital To Reach The Hungry In Central African Republic, Says WFP

BANGUI – After a first convoy of desperately needed food supplies reached the capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the cooperation that made the tense road journey possible but warned that securing the country’s roads is crucial to provide a food lifeline to growing numbers of displaced people.

28 January 2014

WFP Applauds U.S. Farm Bill Agreement

WASHINGTON – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful that the version of the U.S. Farm Bill that was released from a Congressional conference committee this evening will continue the United States’ strong record of support for international food assistance.

Responding to Emergencies
27 January 2014

More Support Needed To Cover Humanitarian Needs In DR Congo, UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP Top Officials Warn

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 January 2014 –UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Janet Lim, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Yoka Brandt, and WFP Assistant Executive Director, Ramiro Lopes da Silva, on a visit in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from 21-25 January, called on the international community to sustain support to the country’s large-scale humanitarian crisis.

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