News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Cash and Vouchers
5 February 2013

WFP Helps Vulnerable Families Through Cash Assistance

DUSHANBE – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) completed a pilot cash transfer to around 7,000 of the most vulnerable people in Ayni district of Sughd region during January. In partnership with the district authorities, WFP provided cash assistance to 1,426 households with the lowest income, who own only small patches of land and possess few animals or other assets.

Responding to Emergencies
31 January 2013

WFP Postpones Google+ Hangout From Syria Due To Grounded Flights

ROME - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has postponed a Google+ Hangout scheduled to take place today from its office in Damascus until Friday, 1 February at 12.00 NYC / 17.00 London.

Hunger in the news
29 January 2013

WFP Food Assistance Returns To Kismayo For First Time In Four Years

NAIROBI – The U.N. World Food Programme has begun providing food assistance in the southern Somali city of Kismayo for the first time in more than four years. Conflict and insecurity have prevented WFP and many other humanitarian agencies from working in the area, but improved security and access now make it possible to reach Kismayo’s most vulnerable people.

26 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Meets Syrian Refugees In Jordan As New Arrivals Surge

 AMMAN – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, returned to the Middle East region today to visit Zaatari refugee camp amid concerns of an influx of Syrian refugees crossing the border to Jordan.

Hunger in the news
23 January 2013

WFP Donates Equipment Worth 16.2 Million Rupees To Balochistan Health Department

Quetta- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over medical equipment worth over 16.2 million rupees to the health department of the Government of Balochistan.

Hunger in the news
22 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Attends World Economic Forum In Davos

ROME - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, beginning on 23 January

18 January 2013

WFP And NAZA Group Of Companies Launch Hunger Quiz To Improve Nutrition In Asia

KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the NAZA Group of Companies today launched an online hunger quiz to raise awareness and support for the fight against hunger and undernutrition in Asia. This is the second year that NAZA is sponsoring the initiative.

Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2013

US Government Boost For Typhoon Pablo Response

Davao City —The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated an additional PhP164 million (US$4 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to further boost the Philippine Government’s Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) response.  This brings the total U.S. Government commitment to the Pablo humanitarian response to PhP508.4 million (US$12.4 million).

Contributions to WFP
16 January 2013

U.S. and WFP To Feed 300,000 Refugees and Vulnerable Ugandans

KAMPALA –U.S. Mission Uganda has announced a donation of $12 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in support of refugees in Uganda and the chronically food-insecure people in the Karamoja region.

Hunger in the news
15 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Meets Top Turkish Officials And Visits Syrian Refugees In Turkey

KILIS – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a visit to Turkey this week by meeting Syrian refugees in Kilis camp on the Turkish-Syrian border.


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