News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

5 July 2013

Four Million Syrians Are Unable To Produce Or Buy Enough Food

If conflict continues, Syria’s food prospects will be seriously at risk in 2014, joint FAO/WFP report finds

5 July 2013

Liberia Launches 2012 Comprehensive Food Security And Nutrition Survery

Monrovia – The Vice President of Liberia, H.E. Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai, launched the 2012 Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Survey (CFSNS) on 28 June at Paynesville City Hall, near the capital Monrovia. The launch ceremony was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and was attended by representatives from the Liberian Government, donor organizations, UN Mission in Liberia, UN agencies, INGOs, NGOs and media organizations.

2 July 2013

WFP And Government Launch Cooked School Meals Initiative In Bangladesh

DHAKA – A joint school meals initiative reaching 14,000 children in Bamna Upazila under Barguna District was launched  today  by the United Nations World Food Programme  (WFP) along with the Government of Bangladesh, with funding from the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID).

Contributions to WFP
1 July 2013

WFP Welcomes French Assistance Towards Food & Education For Afghan & Iraqi Refugees In Iran

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warmly welcomed a contribution from the Government of France for its refugee operation in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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1 July 2013

WFP and FAO Explore New Cooperation With Israel On Smart Solutions For Increasing Global Food Production

JERUSALEM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, following her recent visit to Israel, joins with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in confirming the potential opportunity to transfer technology and innovations in agriculture to countries in the world where families live on the edge of hunger, and their resilience is tested by crisis including drought and floods.

Cash and Vouchers
1 July 2013

Netherlands & WFP Work With Bangladeshi Communities To Cope With Natural Disasters

DHAKA – More than 70,000 people in the disaster-prone districts of south-west Bangladesh will be better prepared in future, thanks to a contribution of US$3 million (23 crore taka) from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Government of Bangladesh is supporting the project by matching the donation.

27 June 2013

WFP Executive Director Briefs Pope On Syria And Palestine In Private Audience

ROME/VATICAN CITY – His Holiness Pope Francis this morning granted a private audience to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  The meeting took place immediately upon Cousin’s return from Syria and following her recent visit to Israel and Palestine.

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24 June 2013

WFP Executive Director Highlights Food And Nutrition Needs In Pakistan As Priority

ISLAMABAD – At the conclusion of a two-day visit to Pakistan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin urged a renewed effort to address the food and nutrition needs of people affected by displacement, natural disasters and poverty.

24 June 2013

Construction Starts On Djibouti Logistics Hub For Humanitarian Operations In Horn Of Africa

DJIBOUTI – In a “ground-breaking” ceremony yesterday, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – with the generous support of the Government of Djibouti, the Government of Canada and the Government of Finland – officially launched the first phase of building a humanitarian logistics base that will improve storage and transport of humanitarian assistance across the Horn of Africa.

ED - E.Cousin
21 June 2013

UN Agency Heads Raise Alarm At Rising Levels Of Food Insecurity In Palestine

JERICHO – Two United Nations agency heads today expressed concern at deteriorating food security in the West Bank and Gaza where one in three Palestinian households now struggle to feed their families.


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