News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
7 May 2012

WFP And Mobile Marketing Firm BigTime Team Up Against Hunger Through Sms Fundraising

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.

Hunger in the news
4 May 2012

UN Agency Chiefs To Visit Niger 4 - 7 May

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.

Hunger in the news
4 May 2012

Philippines: Unilever Food Solutions And World Food Programme Join Hands To Boost School Meals For 40,000 Students In Central Mindanao

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.

Hunger in the news
2 May 2012

Two Injured As Humanitarian Flight Crash-Lands In South Sudan

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.

Responding to Emergencies
1 May 2012

WFP Operational Update -- WFP Concerned About Impact Of Sudan-South Sudan Border Fighting On Livelihoods

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.

Hunger in the news
27 April 2012

United States Underlines Strong Support For Nutrition And School Meals Programme In Lao PDR

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.

Hunger in the news
27 April 2012

WFP Launches Support For More Than 800,000 People Hit By Food Crisis In Senegal

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.

Hunger in the news
24 April 2012

WFP Scales Up Food Assistance To Reach 250,000 Syrians Affected By Unrest

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.

Hunger in the news
21 April 2012

USAID Announces New Contribution To WFP's Food Assistance Projects For Palestinians

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.

Hunger in the news
20 April 2012

Message From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin And Executive Director Of UN Women Michelle Bachelet To Mark Earth Day 22 April 2012

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.


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