News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 March 2014

New Initiative Enables Somali Farmers To Become WFP Suppliers

EU, Austria and UN Food Agencies Are Backing Landmark Initiative

Contributions to WFP
6 March 2014

Oman Contributes $1 Million For Hungry Families In Mauritania And Senegal

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$1 million from the Sultanate of Oman to support food assistance programmes that will benefit people suffering the effects of drought and conflict in West Africa.

Focus on Women
5 March 2014

Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

ROME/BISHKEK – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.

4 March 2014

Japanese Contributions Help Vulnerable Malawian Families As Well As Refugees

Lilongwe - The Government of Japan has renewed its commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing a total of US$2.1 million in support of the most food-insecure and vulnerable people in Malawi, including refugees.

4 March 2014

UK’s DFID Gives £2 Million To WFP Nepal For Earthquake Emergency Preparedness

KATHMANDU – The United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) has made a contribution of £2 million (NPR 328.8 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal to boost national capacity to respond to a major earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley.

3 March 2014

WFP Delivers Vital Food To Conflict-Affected People In Eastern DRC’s Remote Beni Region

GOMA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun food distributions to 74,000 people affected by armed conflict in the Beni region of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Inhabitants have been returning to this remote area of North Kivu near the Ugandan border following attacks and occupation by rebels in the latter half of last year.
28 February 2014

European Union And World Food Programme Sign Agreement To Enhance Food And Nutrition In Guinea-Bissau

On 28 February 2014, in Bissau, Ambassador Joaquín González-Ducay, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and Mr. Ussama Osman, Country Director and Representative of the World Food Programme (WFP), participated in a signing ceremony to recognize a contribution agreement for the amount of 5 million Euro (about USD 6.8 million) in the framework of the implementation of the programme "Integrated Actions in Nutrition and Agricultural Development" (UE-AINDA).
28 February 2014

Major Donation From Japan Helps Feed Millions Of Hungry People In 26 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$88.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide urgently-needed food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 26 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in addition to supporting special humanitarian logistics operations in four of those countries.
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.


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