News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

15 August 2012

Statement By WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin On Air Drops For Refugees In South Sudan

JUBA - Today I am pleased to announce that the United Nations World Food Programme has begun air drops of urgently needed food to refugees in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State.  I have been in South Sudan for the last two days meeting mothers and children whom we assist in the world’s newest nation.

13 August 2012

WFP Executive Director Visits Sudan And The Republic Of South Sudan

ROME – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has today begun a three-day visit to the neighbouring countries of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

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13 August 2012

Australia Supports Philippine Disaster Preparedness Through WFP Rice Contingency Stock

MANILA – With the Philippines currently experiencing disastrous floods, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently received a generous grant of $AU1 million (approximately Php43.8 million) from the Australian Government to significantly boost WFP’s contingency food stocks for enhanced disaster response capacity in the Philippines.

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11 August 2012

WFP Supports Government Relief Efforts For Flood-Affected Communities

MANILA – In the wake of monsoon rains that have brought severe floods to the Luzon and Visayas regions, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has mobilized logistics and food support to complement the Philippine Government’s emergency relief efforts, working closely with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

10 August 2012

Global Leaders Rally At The Starting Block In Race Against Child Malnutrition

ROME - WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will join high-level global representatives from governments, businesses and civil society attending the “Global Hunger Event” hosted by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in London on Sunday 12 August. Media interested in interview opportunities with Ertharin Cousin should contact Caroline Hurford ( tel: +44 7968 008474

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6 August 2012

South Korea Gives US$2 Million For Vegetable Production In Karamoja

KAMPALA – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) today announced a contribution of US$2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of enhanced nutrition and higher household incomes in the Karamoja region.

5 August 2012

WFP Deplores Fatal Shooting Of Staff Member In South Kordofan, Sudan

It is with profound sadness that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the death of one its drivers in a fatal attack in the Sudan state of South Kordofan

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2 August 2012

WFP Plans Air Drops To Continue Lifesaving Food Assistance To Refugees In South Sudan

“WFP is pulling out all the stops to keep providing desperately needed food to refugees in Upper Nile State. People in camps have told me how they arrived weak and hungry after weeks of trekking and foraging in the forest before crossing the border. Our food assistance has been a lifeline to more than 100,000 refugees in Maban County, but continuing that lifesaving support will require some extraordinary measures given the size of the refugee influx into an area with limited infrastructure.”  (WFP South Sudan Country Director Chris Nikoi)

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2 August 2012

Three Million Syrians Need Food, Crops And Livestock Assistance, UN Report Finds

DAMASCUS/ROME – Up to 3 million people are in need of food, crop and livestock assistance over the coming year, according to a recent assessment carried out by the United Nations and the Syrian government.

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1 August 2012

WFP Sends Urgent Food Assistance To Aleppo Residents Amidst Heavy Fighting

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food assistance for distribution to 28,000 people in Aleppo over the next few days, following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity after weeks of violence in Syria’s largest city.


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