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5 August 2012

WFP Deplores Fatal Shooting Of Staff Member In South Kordofan, Sudan

It is with profound sadness that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the death of one its drivers in a fatal attack in the Sudan state of South Kordofan

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2 August 2012

WFP Plans Air Drops To Continue Lifesaving Food Assistance To Refugees In South Sudan

“WFP is pulling out all the stops to keep providing desperately needed food to refugees in Upper Nile State. People in camps have told me how they arrived weak and hungry after weeks of trekking and foraging in the forest before crossing the border. Our food assistance has been a lifeline to more than 100,000 refugees in Maban County, but continuing that lifesaving support will require some extraordinary measures given the size of the refugee influx into an area with limited infrastructure.”  (WFP South Sudan Country Director Chris Nikoi)

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2 August 2012

Three Million Syrians Need Food, Crops And Livestock Assistance, UN Report Finds

DAMASCUS/ROME – Up to 3 million people are in need of food, crop and livestock assistance over the coming year, according to a recent assessment carried out by the United Nations and the Syrian government.

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1 August 2012

WFP Sends Urgent Food Assistance To Aleppo Residents Amidst Heavy Fighting

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has sent food assistance for distribution to 28,000 people in Aleppo over the next few days, following reports of shortages of food, gas and electricity after weeks of violence in Syria’s largest city.

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27 July 2012

WFP And Partners Prepare For Food Shortages As Poor Harvest Hits Zimbabwe

HARARE – A new report on food needs in Zimbabwe says that nearly one in five rural people in the country – an estimated 1.6 million people – are likely to need food assistance during the peak of the coming “hunger season.” The number of people in need is 60 percent higher than the one million who needed food assistance during the last lean season.

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19 July 2012

WFP Joins Forces With Spain In New Initiative To Fight Hunger Worldwide

NEW YORK - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Kingdom of Spain today announced a new initiative to speed up rapid and efficient response to hunger crises.

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19 July 2012

USAID Donation Boosts WFP Assistance To Refugees From Myanmar In Cox's Bazar

DHAKA -  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed a vital contribution of US$1.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to continue food and nutrition support to up to 31,000 refugees in south-eastern Bangladesh.

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18 July 2012

U.S. Commitment To Early Humanitarian Response Ensures Lifeline To Millions Of The World's Hungry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its appreciation of the United States Government’s early and strategic response to 2012’s greatest humanitarian crises and hunger hotspots.

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17 July 2012

WFP Welcomes Historic Contribution From The African Union Commission To Relief Operations In The Sahel

NAIROBI – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $450,000 contribution from the African Union Commission (AUC), to be used for WFP’s relief operations in the Sahel region.

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13 July 2012

WFP Gears Up Food Relief For Thousands In Malawi

LILONGWE –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), along with Government and other partners, is gearing up to meet a large rise in Malawi’s food needs due to localised crop failure and high prices. Compared to the previous lean season, eight times as many Malawians will need food assistance in coming months.

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