Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Program today welcomed the docking at Hodeidah Port of the bulk carrier Liberty Glory, which has started to unload 17,000 metric tons of wheat donated by the United States and destined to feed hundreds of thousands of Yemen’s hungry poor.
JOHANNESBURG – Working with governments and partners, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up efforts to deliver food assistance to more than 3.5 million people in drought-hit areas of southern Africa. Among the worst affected countries are Malawi, Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Communities already struggling to feed their families are now bracing for the onset of the so-called hunger season that traditionally lasts from December until harvest time in March.
From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
ROME –This World AIDS Day (1 December) we are observing unprecedented results in the prevention and treatment of HIV. Access to adequate and nutritious food for a person living with HIV to respond well to antiretroviral treatment (ART) is essential. As one of the eleven co-sponsors of UNAIDS, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has played a major role in providing food and nutrition support to affected populations, lending to the welcome slow-down in the HIV epidemic that has claimed far too many lives over the past few years.
BANGUI – The UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), run by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in the Central African Republic (CAR), is facing a critical shortfall in funding and will have to cut back services by half if no resources are received in the next few weeks.
KINSHASA –The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today began distributing vital food assistance to roughly 81,000 displaced people who have taken refuge in and around Goma, amid the ongoing unrest in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today its monthly food price monitoring for the Kyrgyz Republic has revealed that wheat flour prices across the country have doubled between June and October.
GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began on Tuesday to distribute food to 30,000 people at six sites in Gaza– part of its regular monthly programme to 285,000 vulnerable people in the Gaza Strip. The UN food agency is also supplying wheat flour to bakeries for the provision of free bread to people who lost their homes in areas affected by the recent violent events.
ANTANANARIVO - The World Food Programme in Madagascar issued an alert today, warning that it has been unable to pre-position sufficient quantities of relief food in critical cyclone-prone zones ahead of the cyclone season due to a lack of donor funding.
JUBA – In a significant move aimed at helping South Sudan strengthen its infrastructure and improve people’s livelihoods, the Government of the Netherlands will contribute more than US$21 million (€15 million) to the UN World Food Programme’s operation to rehabilitate hundreds of kilometres of roads.
PORT-AU-PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that more than 1.5 million vulnerable people are at risk of continued food insecurity well into 2013, following a series of weather emergencies in the past six months: a drought, followed by tropical storm Isaac and hurricane Sandy.