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15 February 2013

New United Nations And NGO Assessment Alerts On The Risk Of Food Insecurity In The Central African Republic

BANGUI – According to a recent rapid food security assessment conducted by the United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations, the political and military crisis of December 2012 and January 2013 could trigger a food crisis in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
15 February 2013

WFP Airlifts Vital Food Supplies To Displaced People In Remote Area Of Democratic Republic Of Congo

GOMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted food for thousands of recently-displaced people in Punia, an isolated town in Maniema Province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Distributions of high-energy biscuits, used in emergencies because they are nutritious and light to transport, are due to begin tomorrow.

Hunger in the news
14 February 2013

The Sahel, One Year On - WFP Hosts High Level Meeting Of Humanitarian Community & Donors

ROME – One year after the crisis in Africa’s Sahel region what has been achieved?  High Level Representatives of the humanitarian community and government donors will meet at the headquarters of the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday 20 February, to discuss the results.  They will debate a range of issues including the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance to the Sahel and the nutritional status of the region’s inhabitants.

Hunger in the news
12 February 2013

WFP Provides Food Assistance To The Poorest Syrian Refugees In Egypt

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing assistance through food vouchers to more than 7,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in Egypt. 

Hunger in the news
12 February 2013

UN World Food Programme Executive Director Visits Tanzania

DAR-ES-SALAAM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today begins a two-day visit to Tanzania. While in the capital, Dar-es-Salaam, she will visit WFP’s port operations to see a central logistics hub that is vital to WFP’s work in Africa

Hunger in the news
7 February 2013

WFP Photo Exhibition At Brussels Midi Station

Building stronger communities: WFP and the EU fighting hunger together

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announces the launch of its annual photo exhibition – from 8-22 February, 2013 – at Brussels Midi Station, in the main concourse.
 

Responding to Emergencies
5 February 2013

WFP Scales Up Food Assistance To Reach 2.5 Million People To Meet Growing Needs In Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its food aid operations inside Syria to reach 2.5 million people in the coming months. In February, WFP is increasing the number of people it plans to reach from 1.5 million to 1.75 million people and is gradually building its capacity to reach two million people in March and 2.5 million vulnerable Syrians by April.

Cash and Vouchers
5 February 2013

WFP Helps Vulnerable Families Through Cash Assistance

DUSHANBE – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) completed a pilot cash transfer to around 7,000 of the most vulnerable people in Ayni district of Sughd region during January. In partnership with the district authorities, WFP provided cash assistance to 1,426 households with the lowest income, who own only small patches of land and possess few animals or other assets.
 

Responding to Emergencies
31 January 2013

WFP Postpones Google+ Hangout From Syria Due To Grounded Flights

ROME - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has postponed a Google+ Hangout scheduled to take place today from its office in Damascus until Friday, 1 February at 12.00 NYC / 17.00 London.

Hunger in the news
29 January 2013

WFP Food Assistance Returns To Kismayo For First Time In Four Years

NAIROBI – The U.N. World Food Programme has begun providing food assistance in the southern Somali city of Kismayo for the first time in more than four years. Conflict and insecurity have prevented WFP and many other humanitarian agencies from working in the area, but improved security and access now make it possible to reach Kismayo’s most vulnerable people.

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