Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
MBABANE - Swaziland loses some SZL 783 million (US$92 million) annually - as much as 3.1 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - due to the effects of undernutrition. This is the alarming conclusion of a new study entitled The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA), released in Swaziland today.
DJIBOUTI – The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace has released the first tranche of its US$4 million contribution in 2013 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for the Republic of Djibouti. This emergency assistance is destined primarily to assist rural populations who are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity due to drought.
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed another generous contribution towards its operations in Sudan from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO).
ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash distributions to refugees in Ethiopia this month, with the financial support of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).
[Editor’s note: after this press release was issued, the itinerary of Executive Director Cousin’s trip was revised. Her planned visit to Zimbabwe was postponed and her trip reduced to eight days, due to scheduling changes which required high-level meetings in Harare to be moved to a future date, yet to be determined.]
ROME – The UN World Food Programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is scheduled to depart tomorrow on a 10-day visit to four African countries. Her trip to Zimbabwe, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda will focus on hunger challenges and on WFP-supported local solutions that are helping battle under nutrition and build sustainable food security.
MAPUTO – Thanks to a contribution of €3.7 million (US$ 4.7 million) from the Belgian Fund for Food Security and Nutrition (BFFS), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue its food security and nutrition programme in Mozambique’s flood-affected Gaza Province.
DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of the Rotary Clubs of the UAE and several corporate and media partners, are launching a global fundraising and awareness campaign enabling the public to double their online donations to WFP throughout the Holy Month.
DHAKA – Today, the Government of Japan confirmed a contribution of US$5.46 million (JP¥470 million / BDT42 crore) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at a handover ceremony at the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives. The Government of Bangladesh supports the programme by matching Japan’s donation.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a new online gift-matching campaign for Ramadan. The Rotary Clubs of the UAE will match each dollar donated online during the Holy Month.
BISHKEK – The Government of the Russian Federation has contributed US$1 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to support the most food-insecure Kyrgyz people