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School Meals
24 November 2009

School Meals Boost Education And Food Security For Children During Financial And Food Crises

WASHINGTON - As governments worldwide continue to grapple with fallout from the global economic crisis, a new report from the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) shows that school feeding and other food-based safety net programs are vital to keeping children in school, improving their learning and health, and promoting food security.

Preventing Hunger
24 November 2009

South African Donation Helps WFP to Feed The Hungry in The Horn

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of R3 million (US$400,000) from the Government of South Africa, which will help the agency to feed thousands of hungry families in the Horn of Africa region.
Statement
24 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

As the holiday of Eid al-Adha approaches, our thoughts are with tens of thousands of displaced people in northern Yemen who will not be able to celebrate Eid in their own homes.

Preventing Hunger
19 November 2009

Spain Doubles Aid to WFP to Help Fight Hunger in Horn of Africa

ROME – Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, today announced a donation of €75 million (US$112m) to the United Nations World Food Programme in response to the critical hunger situation in the Horn of Africa.
Statement
17 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on the World Food Summit and Feeding the Hungry Billion

As delegates at the World Summit on Food Security discuss urgent measures to counter the forward march of hunger, we must mobilise all world citizens – not just global leaders –to feed the more than one billion hungry people around the world.

Aid professionals
17 November 2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Commemorates Pakistan Bomb Victims And Salutes WFP Staff

ROME - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme in a commemoration at WFP headquarters to remember the five men and women who died last month in a bomb blast in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
School Meals
17 November 2009

WFP Launches School Meals Pilot Programme in Iraq

SULAYMANIYAH - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a pilot programme to provide 172,000 Iraqi primary school children with a free daily snack at school to help boost school attendance and learning and improve food security in eight of the country’s poorest districts.
ED - J.Sheeran
16 November 2009

Three Rome-based UN Agencies Launch Food Security Strategy On Eve of World Food Summit

ROME -- On the eve of the World Summit on Food Security, the governing bodies of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have all approved a strategy for collaboration between the three agencies.
Responding to Emergencies
14 November 2009

WFP Calls For Citizen Action To Feed 1 Billion Hungry

ROME – At a time when funds to feed the hungry are hard to come by, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged ordinary people to put food on the table of the world’s hungry by supporting the “Billion for a Billion” online campaign.
Responding to Emergencies
10 November 2009

Heavy Rainfall Leaves 10,000 In Need Of Food Assistance In El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has estimated that as many as 10,000 people will need urgent food assistance in the coming days after heavy rains swept across El Salvador, leaving more than 100 people dead and causing extensive damage.

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