Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) selects international mobile marketing firm BigTime to implement interactive SMS-based fundraising campaigns, with a primary focus on the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
ROME/GENEVA– The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, are scheduled to arrive today in the drought-hit country of Niger, West Africa.
MANILA – Through its innovative “Sandwich Heroes” campaign, Unilever Food Solutions, a subsidiary of Unilever, has raised Php 400,000 in the Philippines for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The donation will allow WFP to feed 40,000 children under its school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
An aircraft contracted by the WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) crash-landed in Yambio, South Sudan on Wednesday. Two people on board were injured, but none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.
JUBA -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says that recent fighting at South Sudan's northern border is threatening to push more people of the region into hunger.
VIENTIANE – A delegation of representatives from the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has completed a three-day visit to Saravane Province where they observed activities under WFP’s School Meals programme.
DAKAR – An operation to provide food assistance to more than 800,000 people is being launched by the United Nations World Food Programme, with first distributions to be held on Saturday, 28 April, in the rural commune of Oukout in Ziguinchor region.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up food assistance to reach a quarter million people by the end of this month inside Syria with plans to double the caseload to reach 500,000 people in the coming weeks.
QALANDIA, JERUSALEM – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a new contribution of US$22.6 million in food and cash to the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) food assistance projects to vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The announcement came during a visit of the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, Mara Rudman, to the agency’s warehouses in Qalandia near Jerusalem.
We, the Executive Directors of the United Nations World Food Programme and UN Women dedicate this Earth Day to the young girls who spend a full day in search of firewood, to the mothers who sell food rations to buy fuel for their family, and to the countless women who are forced to skip meals because wood is not available or unaffordable to cook their food.