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12 November 2015

WFP Launches Free App For Smartphone Users To Help Feed Syrian Refugee Children

ShareTheMeal enables smartphone users to feed hungry children with a tap on their phone. ROME – Smartphone users will now be able to help feed Syrian refugee children with a tap on their mobile phone thanks to the ShareTheMeal app, developed by the United Nations World Food Programme and launched in countries around the world today.
10 November 2015

More Children In Guinea To Benefit From WFP Nutritious Meals This School Year

CONAKRY - More than 240,000 children will receive school meals this academic year in Guinea, as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expands its school meals programme from 735 to 1,605 primary schools across the country.

2 November 2015

Taking Action To Tackle “Unprecedented Challenge” Of Climate Change

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), and the German Red Cross (GRC) today announced a new pilot project that will help Bangladesh take urgent measures to better prepare for the impacts of climate change.

29 October 2015

WFP Warns Of Deepening Hunger In Southern Yemen City Of Taiz

SANA’A - The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned about the dire food security situation in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen where a lack of humanitarian access has left tens of thousands of people without food assistance for more than a month.

27 October 2015

Government, UN Food Agencies Warn Of Deteriorating Food Security In Southern Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – Nearly 1.9 million people - 46 percent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar - are now food insecure with 450,000 of them facing severe food insecurity, according to the Crop and Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), an assessment by the Government of Madagascar, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

Journalists
23 October 2015

World Food Programme Celebrates The 70th Anniversary Of The United Nations

ROME – The anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Charter provides an opportunity to recognize the vision of a world “free of fear or want,” a goal as relevant today as it was 70 years ago, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said today.

Responding to Emergencies
22 October 2015

UN Calls For Immediate Access To Conflict-Affected Areas To Prevent Catastrophe In South Sudan

3.9 million people now face severe hunger; tens of thousands on brink of famine.

JUBA – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

22 October 2015

WFP Chief Sees At First Hand Food And Nutrition Challenges In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – Seeing the challenges facing nearly 1 million food-insecure people amid rising malnutrition, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that a shortage of funding could have drastic consequences for vulnerable Mauritanians and Malian refugees.

20 October 2015

WFP Food Reaches Donetsk After Months Of Restricted Humanitarian Access

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending food to the non-government-controlled area in Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine for the first time since all humanitarian activities were suspended there three months ago.

20 October 2015

Grim Picture Of Destruction Caused By Myanmar Floods: Huge Livestock And Paddy Losses

YANGON – Recent flooding in Myanmar had a devastating impact on agricultural livelihoods and food security, according to a joint Government-United Nations report released today. Nearly 470 000 hectares of rice paddy were affected and almost a quarter of a million livestock were killed, including poultry, cattle, pigs and goats, when Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar in late July and early August this year.

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