News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 March 2016

Egypt Gives US$1 Million To Help WFP Assist Drought-Affected People In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$1 million from the Government of Egypt to assist 100,000 people affected by drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

1 March 2016

For Families In Central African Republic, Food Situation Dire

New report shows massive price hikes, crop production far below pre-crisis levels – revitalizing agriculture key for lasting peace

1 March 2016

Russian Contribution Supports WFP Nutrition Assistance In DPRK

PYONGYANG – A ship carrying wheat donated by the Russian Federation successfully delivered its cargo in the port of Nampo today. The wheat will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to meet the nutritional needs of more than 620,000 children and women for a period of four months.

School Meals
1 March 2016

School Meals Are A Critical Safety Net And Vital Investment In People’s Future

ROME – The heads of the African Union (AU) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today hailed the inaugural Africa Day of School Feeding, marking AU recognition of school meals as the world’s most widely used safety net with a vital role in education.

29 February 2016

WFP Restores Full Rations To Syrian People Thanks To Unprecedented Donor Support

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that new funding, pledged during the “Supporting Syria and the Region Conference” in London earlier this month, will allow WFP to fully reinstate its food assistance to Syrians.

Responding to Emergencies
24 February 2016

Japan Provides Support To Displaced Families Through WFP In Darfur, Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of USD 1 million from the Government of Japan to support food assistance activities in Sudan.

18 February 2016

Breakthrough In Access As WFP Delivers Life-Saving Food To Five Besieged Towns In Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered desperately-needed food for over 80,000 people who have been stranded in five besieged Syrian towns, in a series of UN interagency convoys that took place throughout the night and were completed this morning.

17 February 2016

Food Insecurity Worsens In Malawi, Needs Increase In Face Of El Nino

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has extended its relief operation in Malawi by an additional month, through April, after the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) reported that annual harvests will be delayed by El Niño-related drought across southern Africa.

16 February 2016

WFP Uses Innovative Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Jordan

 AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan launched today an innovative iris scan payment system, allowing Syrian refugees living in camps to purchase food items from local shops using the scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or credit cards.

16 February 2016

UK Supports Launch Of WFP Cash Assistance Programme In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of GB£2.2 million (approximately US$3.2 million) from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the launch of a cash assistance programme in Sudan’s Darfur region.


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