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Hunger in the news
18 March 2013

Urgent Help Needed For Displaced Malians

ROME – The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and they urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance, said the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso (13-17 March) to meet people affected by the conflict in Mali and cycles of drought and poor harvests. 

Hunger in the news
16 March 2013

Sahel Response Still High Priority, Says WFP Executive Director On Visit To Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU – One year after the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its response to drought in eight countries of the Sahel region, the organization’s executive director Ertharin Cousin has visited Burkina Faso to see the results and discuss the future.

For Companies
15 March 2013

GiveAsia.org Joins WFP In The Fight Against Hunger

BANGKOK/SINGAPORE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and online social movement GiveAsia.org are launching a new partnership to raise funds for the global fight against hunger. The first campaign under the partnership will benefit WFP’s emergency operation to meet the needs of people affected by conflict in Syria.

Responding to Emergencies
14 March 2013

Syria Crisis Two Years On: Severe Funding Challenges To Feed Millions Of Syrians

DAMASCUS – Two years into the Syria crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces severe challenges in expanding its emergency operation to feed millions of conflict-affected people, as a result of funding shortages.

Hunger in the news
12 March 2013

WFP Executive Director Travels To Burkina Faso To Highlight Continuing Needs In Sahel

OUAGADOUGOU – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will travel to Burkina Faso from 13 to 15 March 2013. Cousin will visit the country on the invitation of the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, whom she met in October 2012 at the Forum on International Cooperation in Milan, Italy.

Focus on Women
8 March 2013

On International Women’s Day, FAO/IFAD/WFP/IDLO Highlight Link Between Women, Violence And Food Security

Following is a joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).


* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.

Hunger in the news
8 March 2013

UNHCR and WFP Join Forces To Assist Central African Republic Refugees In Demoratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – Two United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to assist refugees from the Central Africa Republic (CAR) who have fled into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to assist the large numbers of people who have fled fighting between Seleka rebels and the CAR army since mid-December.

Contributions to WFP
8 March 2013

Japan’s Contribution Helps WFP Meet Urgent Hunger Needs In 16 Countries

Yokohama – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed this week the announcement of a US$140.7 million contribution from the Government of Japan.  The generous donation will provide vital food and nutritional assistance to millions of people, including refugees, internally-displaced persons, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The funds will also support special logistics operations in three countries.

Contributions to WFP
7 March 2013

Japan Unveils US$5.6 Million In Support Of Drought Relief Programme In Zimbabwe

RUSHINGA – The Government of Japan today announced a contribution of more than US$5,600,000 (¥460,000,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help people facing food shortages due to drought in Zimbabwe.

Contributions to WFP
6 March 2013

The World Food Programme Thanks Canada For Continuing Its Partnership Against Hunger

OTTAWA – Today the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honorable Julian Fantino, and senior members of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) met with the Executive Director of the Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, to reaffirm their shared commitment to end hunger and malnutrition.

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