News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

2 August 2016

New Study Shows Undernutrition Taking A Huge Toll On Ghana’s Economy

ACCRA – The economy of Ghana is losing some GHC4.6 billion (US$2.6 billion, or 6.4 percent of GDP) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital. 

1 August 2016

UN In Laos Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2016

– August marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage exclusive breastfeeding and improve babies’ health as a key practice to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) by 2030. 

Cash and Vouchers
1 August 2016

Life-Saving Cash For Thousands Of Cyclone Victims

DHAKA – Some 20,000 flood-affected people in southern Bangladesh are to receive financial assistance to replenish food and other necessities lost when the area was hit by Cyclone Roanu in May.

Contributions to WFP
1 August 2016

Germany Boosts WFP Assistance To Refugees In Iran - Especially School Girls

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed an unprecedented contribution of €2 million (approximately US$2.3 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany to provide food assistance to Afghan and Iraqi refugees in the Islamic Republic of Iran and promote education for refugee girls.

Cash and Vouchers
31 July 2016

Breakthrough As WFP Reaches Taiz Enclave Using Voucher Assistance

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) succeeded this month in reaching 55,000 people in a hard-to-reach district of Taiz city, Al Qahira, providing food assistance through food vouchers using a local supplier’s network. 

29 July 2016

Protracted Conflicts Causing Alarming Spikes In Severe Hunger

Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger

26 July 2016

Kyrgyz Republic, WFP Launch Skills Training For Food Security In Vulnerable Communities

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic today agreed to develop training courses and coaching services related to techniques in agriculture, to improve the knowledge, livelihoods and food security of the poor and vulnerable across the country.

25 July 2016

UN Food Agency Leaders Hail U.S. Law Aimed At Boosting Global Food Security

FAO and WFP say law will greatly enhance worldwide efforts to combat hunger and rural poverty

Contributions to WFP
20 July 2016

Germany Supports WFP Assistance To Migrants And Vulnerable Families In Eastern Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €10 million (approximately US$11.1 million) from the Government of Germany to support nearly 350,000 people in the eastern Sudan state of Kassala. 

Responding to Emergencies
20 July 2016

WFP Begins Unprecedented Emergency Food Relief Operation In Drought-Hit Malawi

LILONGWE The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history. 


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