News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

29 October 2014

Central African Republic: Farming And Families Hit By Insecurity

Agriculture, the backbone of the economy, has contracted by 46 percent, compared to pre-crisis levels

Responding to Emergencies
28 October 2014

WFP Telecoms And Logistics Teams Support Humanitarian Surge In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed a ten-person emergency team of telecommunications and logistics experts in Iraq to ensure humanitarian partners are equipped with the means to provide rapid delivery of aid to people in need.
28 October 2014

Yemen Deputy Prime Minister Assures WFP Of Government Support “At This Critical Time”

SANA’A – The Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen, Abdullah Mohsen Al-Akwa, has pledged continuing government support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), stressing that cooperation  with the international humanitarian community was all the more important at “this critical time for Yemen”.

School Meals
27 October 2014

Italian-Egyptian Programme And WFP Complete “Food For Education” Partnership

CAIRO – The Italian-Egyptian Debt for Development Swap Programme and the World Food Programme (WFP) have today successfully completed their “Food for Education” initiative to reduce vulnerability to hunger and enhance nutrition and education.
25 October 2014

UN Aircraft Flies Medical Supplies For The World Health Organization To Mali

MONROVIA – A United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) aircraft has flown one metric ton of critical medical supplies on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) to the Malian capital of Bamako after the first case of Ebola was identified in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
23 October 2014

WFP Mobilizes Food For Syrians Fleeing Into Turkey And Iraq In Spite Of Funding Shortfalls

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food for tens of thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey and Iraq amid growing concern that the influx of new arrivals is further straining the agency’s ability to respond to more needs with dwindling stocks and donations running out.
21 October 2014

WFP And World Bank Scale Up Government Logistical Capacity In Response To Ebola

FREETOWN –With World Bank funding to the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted 20 ambulances and 10 mortuary pickup trucks to scale up the Government logistical capacity in response to Ebola. This delivery constitutes the first set of 74 vehicles worth US$4 million to be brought in by WFP from its logistical hub in Dubai to Freetown. The remaining 44 vehicles are expected in Freetown by sea in the forthcoming weeks.
20 October 2014

Spanish Cooperation Agency Continues Support For WFP In The Saharawi Refugee Camps

ALGIERS / MADRID – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of EUR 1.5 million from the Government of Spain to provide food assistance to the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria.
Responding to Emergencies
20 October 2014

China Contributes US$6 Million To WFP In Fight Against Ebola In Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone

BEIJING - The Government of the People’s Republic of China has contributed US$6 million to the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) emergency operation to assist 1 .3 million people impacted by the Ebola virus outbreak in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Responding to Emergencies
17 October 2014

WFP Starts Biggest Food Distribution In Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – Amid concerns over the increasing rate of Ebola infection in Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and partners today began distributing food for 265,000 people on the outskirts of the capital.


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