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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Statement
11 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Record Purchases From Developing Nations

The World Food Programme (WFP) procured $ 1.25 billion in food commodities last year, including the purchase of more food than ever before from developing nations. This food came from 96 nations, including Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Guatemala, and helped people affected by the epic flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti, and the drought in the Sahel region of Africa.

Hunger in the news
10 February 2011

WFP To Expand Food Assistance To Vulnerable Egyptians

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is continuing to provide food assistance to vulnerable Egyptian families and is making plans to expand its existing food-for-education and food-for-work programmes to include more people affected by the economic slowdown under the current political crisis.

Statement
9 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Floods In Sri Lanka

For the second time in less than a month, battering monsoon rains have forced tens of thousands of Sri Lankans to flee their homes across vast swathes of the country, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering life-saving food supplies to 500,000 people.

Responding to Emergencies
8 February 2011

WFP Scales Up Response To Renewed Flooding In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  is scaling up emergency food assistance to about 500,000 people in districts of Sri Lanka that have been hardest hit by a second wave of flooding within a month.

Statement
4 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On The Role Of Food In Civil Unrest Across The Middle East

The events unfolding across the Middle East these past few weeks serve as a warning to us all about the important role that food security plays in calming public anger and bolstering stability.

For Individuals
28 January 2011

Drew Brees Teams Up With WFP In The Ricebowl Challenge

ROME/NEW ORLEANS – Super Bowl 2010’s Most Valuable Player Drew Brees and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are challenging students and sports fans to team up for a different kind of bowl game this February, with the goal of beating global hunger.

Statement
28 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on the appointment of Peter Bakker as WFP Ambassador Against Hunger

DAVOS -- As a business leader and CEO at TNT, Peter Bakker has been a tireless campaigner for the world’s hungry.  He has set a gold standard that others have followed, demonstrating the transformational power of partnerships between the private sector and the humanitarian world.

Nutrition
26 January 2011

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion Reflects On Africa Visit

MANILA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – Philippines’ National Ambassador Against Hunger, Kristina Cassandra “KC” Concepcion, embarked on her first field mission outside the country last week when she visited WFP operations in Uganda’s impoverished Karamoja region, as well as in the grain basket district of Kapchorwa in the east of the country.

Hunger in the news
20 January 2011

Niger: Good Harvest, Malnutrition Still High

A joint assessment by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) says that acute malnutrition rates in Niger remain high despite a good harvest.

Hunger in the news
19 January 2011

WFP And Government Of Afghanistan Strengthen Coordination On Food Assistance

KABUL – High-level officials from the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) met Tuesday to map out a common strategy for the provision of WFP food assistance to millions of vulnerable Afghans over the next three years.

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