News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
16 May 2013

Saudi Arabia Supports WFP Development Programmes In Egypt To Promote Education And Combat Hunger

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a generous donation of 561  metric tons of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, worth 5.5 million Egyptian Pounds (approximately US$790,000), to support WFP development projects in Egypt.

16 May 2013

New Road To Spur Development And Improve Lives In Baitadi

KATHMANDU - The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) together with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and German development agency Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), today inaugurated a new road that connects remote villages of Baitadi district in far-western Nepal, providing communities with better access to markets, health centres, schools and other key facilities.

Responding to Emergencies
10 May 2013

WFP Distributes Emergency Food Assistance To Syrians Fleeing To Tartous

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distribution of emergency ready-t0-eat food rations and high-energy biscuits to thousands of newly displaced families who were forced to flee Banias and surrounding villages on Syria’s Mediterranean coast to Tartous city following heavy fighting in their villages.

Contributions to WFP
30 April 2013

Generous UK Contribution Provides Syrians With Lifeline Through WFP

ROME – Amid mounting concern about the deepening suffering caused by conflict in Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution from the Government of the United Kingdom of £28.3 million (around US$43 million) that will help provide much-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of Syrians both inside and outside their country. 

Focus on Women
25 April 2013

30,000 Ultra Poor Women And Their Families Rise Out Of Extreme Poverty

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today celebrated the successful conclusion of the European Union (EU)-funded Food Security for the Ultra Poor (FSUP) project in a ceremony at Westin Hotel, Dhaka. The project, which began in January 2009 and concluded December 2012, supported 30,000 ultra-poor women to become entrepreneurs, raise their incomes and improve their own and their families’ food security.

Contributions to WFP
25 April 2013

Japan Donation Helps Boost Food Security in Lesotho

A contribution of more than US$2 million by the Government of Japan to WFP will help protect vulnerable people in Lesotho from hunger.

25 April 2013

WFP And Government Lead Drive For Improved Nutrition In Indonesia

 KUPANG, NUSA TENGGARA TIMUR (NTT) – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of Indonesia today concluded a two-day conference in Kupang designed to spearhead the drive for improved nutrition across the country.

Contributions to WFP
24 April 2013

Norway Announces NOK 25 Million To Strenghten Resilience In Niger

Copenhagen/Oslo – Responding to the continuing challenges in Niger and the Sahel, the Government of Norway has announced an additional contribution of NOK 25 million to the United Nations World Food Programme’s activities in Niger. 

Hunger in the news
22 April 2013

WFP Executive Director Begins Official Visit To France, A Longstanding Partner

PARIS – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, starts a two-day visit to Paris today. On her first official trip to France since becoming Executive Director last year, Cousin will meet with the Minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll and Minister for Development Pascal Canfin. She will also meet Paul Jean Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to President François Hollande and other high-level officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to thank them for France’s unwavering efforts alongside WFP in the fight against hunger.

Responding to Emergencies
21 April 2013

WFP Receives Wheat From The United States To Help Syrian Families Facing Bread Shortages

BEIRUT – An American ship carrying enough wheat to feed more than one million people for four months has delivered its cargo for distribution in Syria as part of the emergency food assistance provided by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).


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