Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
DAMASCUS – Two years into the Syria crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces severe challenges in expanding its emergency operation to feed millions of conflict-affected people, as a result of funding shortages.
OUAGADOUGOU – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will travel to Burkina Faso from 13 to 15 March 2013. Cousin will visit the country on the invitation of the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, whom she met in October 2012 at the Forum on International Cooperation in Milan, Italy.
Following is a joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.
KINSHASA – Two United Nations agencies are stepping up efforts to assist refugees from the Central Africa Republic (CAR) who have fled into the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The UN agency for refugees, UNHCR, and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have come together to assist the large numbers of people who have fled fighting between Seleka rebels and the CAR army since mid-December.
Yokohama – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed this week the announcement of a US$140.7 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous donation will provide vital food and nutritional assistance to millions of people, including refugees, internally-displaced persons, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 16 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The funds will also support special logistics operations in three countries.
RUSHINGA – The Government of Japan today announced a contribution of more than US$5,600,000 (¥460,000,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help people facing food shortages due to drought in Zimbabwe.
OTTAWA – Today the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honorable Julian Fantino, and senior members of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) met with the Executive Director of the Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, to reaffirm their shared commitment to end hunger and malnutrition.
ROME –Leaders of international organisations based in Rome will meet at the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day. They will highlight ways of protecting and empowering women and girls and the vital importance of food security. There will be a panel discussion with questions from the floor.
DAR ES SALAAM – Early this morning, an all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.
CAIRO – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) received US$100,000 (670,000 Egyptian pounds) from the Western Union Foundation to support thousands of children and their families through WFP’s school meals programme in Upper Egypt.