News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

WFP Ambassadors
14 May 2014

Editor-In-Chief Of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani Named WFP Ambassador Against Hunger

“We are grateful to Franca Sozzani for choosing WFP and the fight against hunger as her priority commitment in the humanitarian world. In her role as a journalist and editor of leading fashion magazines, Sozzani has always paid great attention to the potential of girls and women in Africa and their empowerment through professional trainings and education,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.  

12 May 2014

Saudi Arabia Donates US$5 Million To Support Conflict-Affected Syrians

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of US$5 million from the Saudi Fund for Development, a government agency of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, operating under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduallah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The contribution will help provide food for thousands of internally-displaced Syrians affected by conflict in their country.

Responding to Emergencies
10 May 2014

WFP To Expand Assistance In South Sudan As New Analysis Shows Worsening Food Security

JUBA – Based on a new analysis that the conflict in South Sudan is pushing the country toward a hunger catastrophe, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) plans to expand its emergency programmes to reach 3.2 million people this year with urgently needed food assistance.

9 May 2014

Government Of Pakistan Donates 26,000 Metric Tons Of Wheat To WFP

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has announced the release of 26,000 metric tons of wheat for distribution in Pakistan by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The contribution, valued at US$10 million, comes at a critical time when funding shortages are threatening WFP’s ability to provide emergency food assistance to almost 1 million people displaced by violence in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

7 May 2014

WFP Airlifts Fuel To Bangui To Keep Life-Saving Aid Flowing In C.A.R.

BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today airlifted 50,000 litres of jet fuel from Nairobi to Bangui to continue providing life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable people in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.), gripped by a fuel shortage.

6 May 2014

WFP Welcomes US$10 Million United States Contribution To Support Refugees

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the government of the United States of America in support of refugees in Uganda, including the new arrivals from South Sudan.
WFP Ambassadors
5 May 2014

Philanthropist Howard Buffett Responds To Dire Need in Central African Republic With US$1 Million For The Hungry

Washington, DC – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received a $1 million contribution from long-time philanthropist Howard Buffett to help meet the most urgent hunger needs in the conflict-torn country Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

5 May 2014

WFP Donates Logistics Equipment To Bolster Government Disaster Preparedness

MANILA – To complement the national government’s efforts in disaster preparedness and response, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today formally handed over logistics equipment to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) at a ceremony in Manila.

2 May 2014

UNHCR And WFP Warn: Fighting Is Preventing Aid Delivery In South Sudan

JUBA – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) are calling on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to provide safe access to enable humanitarian assistance to reach vulnerable people including 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban County, Upper Nile State.

1 May 2014

US And WFP Announce US$26 Million Contribution To Keep 130,000 Children In School Over Next Three Years

DHAKA/GAIBANDHA – The US Ambassador to Bangladesh, Dan Mozena, today announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide US$26 million through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to benefit 130,000 school children in the poorest areas of Bangladesh.


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