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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Statement
10 July 2010

Joint Statement By The Government Of Spain And The United Nations World Food Programme

Over the past five years, Spain and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have built a strong partnership which has led to Spain becoming a major donor to WFP operations across the world. In the context of the global economic crisis, WFP appreciates Spain’s commitment to keep the battle against hunger a high priority in the government’s agenda and is thankful for their humanitarian response in Africa and Latin America.

Nutrition
8 July 2010

Haiti Six Months On - Backgrounder

Overview: In the week after the January 12 earthquake, WFP delivered 1 million rations, equivalent to more than 3 million meals, to over 200,000 people.

Responding to Emergencies
8 July 2010

Six Months After the Quake: WFP Empowers Haiti to Build Food Security System

Port-au-Prince– Six months after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has moved towards supporting long-term recovery, and building a strong nutritional foundation for the future of all Haitians.

Purchase for Progress
2 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director on Purchase for Progress Initiative in Malawi

For the first time ever in Malawi a farmers’ organization, made up of over 95,000 smallholder farmers, has won a competitive bid this week for the World Food Programme.

Focus on Women
2 July 2010

WFP to Double Number of People Receiving Food Assistance in Drought hit Niger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it is scaling up operations in the drought-hit West African country of Niger in the light of a shocking new government survey showing malnutrition rates among young children at emergency levels.

Logistics
1 July 2010

WFP Food Assistance Crosses Border From Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan

OSH, Kyrgyzstan – The United Nations World Food Programme is continuing daily distributions of assistance in southern Kyrgyzstan with supplies boosted by the arrival of a convoy of trucks from neighbouring Uzbekistan carrying UN humanitarian relief for victims of ethnic violence.

30 June 2010

WFP Media Advisory: The “f-word” – Hunger in the Media WFP and Thomson Reuters Foundation Host London Hunger Event

LONDON – Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, will open a day of discussions on the issue of Hunger on Friday 2 July.  

Responding to Emergencies
24 June 2010

WFP Chief Operating Officer Visits Food Distribution in Kyrgyzstan Crisis Zone

OSH – As barricades come down in the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Osh and refugees begin to return, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is intensifying efforts to bring food to residents whose lives have been shattered by ethnic conflict.

Hunger in the news
24 June 2010

WFP Boosts Sales of Food Produced by Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially launched the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Ethiopia. Through the project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WFP plans to support almost 70,000 smallholder farmers by purchasing some 126,000 metric tons of food over the next five years.

Nutrition
24 June 2010

UNICEF and WFP appeal for urgent mobilization of the international community to fight child malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY – The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months, according to the results of the annual survey on child nutrition publicly released this Thursday. The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF urge the international community to mobilize all necessary resources to enable them to protect and heal suffering children.

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