News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 April 2016

USAID Provides Us$ 1 Million For WFP To Support Basic Food Needs Of Refugees From Bhutan

KATHMANDU – The United States has confirmed a US$1 million contribution for the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to refugees from Bhutan living in Nepal. The contribution from the United States will help WFP provide basic food such as rice, pulses and vegetable oil for nearly 17,000 refugees.
8 April 2016

Recent Contributions Allow WFP In Uganda To Assist A Record 400,000 Refugees

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed four recent contributions totalling nearly US$30 million, enabling more refugees in Uganda to receive food assistance than ever before.

7 April 2016

Rising Hunger In Central America And Haiti As El Niño Follows Prolonged Drought – WFP

GUATEMALA CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) committed today to both assisting 1.6 million people hit by droughts exacerbated by El Niño in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Haiti and building resilience against future climatic shocks.

5 April 2016

Report Finds Malnutrition Rates In Rwanda Have Improved, But More Work Is Still Needed

KIGALI – A new study conducted by the Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and the World Food Programme (WFP) indicates that rates of chronic malnutrition in Rwanda have fallen significantly in the last three years, but still remain stubbornly high, especially in rural areas.

Cash and Vouchers
5 April 2016

Cash Relief Gives Hope To Thousands But Needs Are Huge In Drought-Hit Lesotho

MASERU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is giving cash assistance to 21,000 vulnerable people in Lesotho’s two districts worst-affected by the El Niño-related drought. This is WFP’s first ever emergency cash relief operation in the Mountain Kingdom.

5 April 2016

Food Gap Widens In Conflict-Stricken South Sudan – UN Assessment

2016 cereal deficit about 53 percent higher than in 2015; food prices soaring as markets collapse. JUBA – Civil strife and unfavourable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 metric tons - 53 percent greater than in 2015 - and aggravating the already severe food shortages, two UN agencies warned today.

School Meals
4 April 2016

WFP Launches School Meals Programme To Support Both Lebanese And Syrian Children

BEIRUT – In March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a school meals programme, which supports both Lebanese and Syrian children attending public primary schools across Lebanon.

4 April 2016

U.S. Wheat Shipment Arrives In Yemen Port To Help WFP Provide Critical Food Assistance

SANA’A – A shipment of wheat from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – sufficient for nearly 2 million people for two months – berthed in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah last Wednesday and offloaded its cargo over the weekend.

4 April 2016

Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Leaves 1.5 Million People Hungry

KIEV– The two-year long conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 1.5 million people hungry, including almost 300,000 people who are severely food insecure and in need of immediate food assistance. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance over the first half of this year.

31 March 2016

Denmark & WFP Confirm Strong Partnership In Responding To Humanitarian Crises And Reaching Zero Hunger

ROME – A high-level delegation from Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary for Development Policy, today visited the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss responses to global humanitarian crises and the commitment to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.


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