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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Food For Assets
30 March 2010

WFP Launches Strategy To Bring Social Security And Stability To Haiti

Port au Prince – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that Haiti’s human capital will have a major role to play in providing safety nets for the most vulnerable, boosting local agriculture production and supporting local markets throughout the entire country in the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake.

Responding to Emergencies
12 March 2010

WFP Airlifts Food to Thousands of Congolese Refugees

BRAZZAVILLE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started to airlift urgent food assistance from Pointe Noire to Impfondo in Likouala province to reach tens of thousands of Congolese refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who have moved into northern Republic of Congo (RoC).

Statement
11 March 2010

WFP Welcomes Investigation Into its Food Assistance Operations in Somalia

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would welcome an independent investigation into its food assistance operations in Somalia.  At the same time, the agency said it would not engage in any new work with three transport contractors named in a report from the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia, which alleged they were involved in arms-trading.

6 March 2010

WFP Airlifts Emergency Food To Help Earthquake Victims In Chile

PANAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today made its first airlift of food assistance for distribution among thousands of victims of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on 27 February. 
School Meals
5 March 2010

WFP Reduces Rations for 460,000 Children in Cote D'Ivoire

ABIDJAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it had halved the size of school meals for almost 430,000 children in Côte d’Ivoire because of funding shortfalls and announced that it urgently needed US$6 million to restore full rations and keep feeding malnourished children.

Statement
5 March 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on WFP’s Deepening Partnership With Russia

The United Nations World Food Programme expanded its collaboration in areas from school feeding to emergency response with the Russian Federation during high-level meetings in Moscow this week.

Hunger Bytes
2 March 2010

The Hunger Bytes! Jury is in...Aspiring Filmmakers Win Trip to Guatemala

ROME – Two aspiring filmmakers from Mexico will be off to drought-ridden Guatemala to try out their film-making skills on the frontline against hunger after having won the grand prize for hunger bytes!, an annual viral video competition by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) designed to raise awareness and understanding of the world’s one billion hungry.

Logistics
25 February 2010

WFP Boosts Humanitarian Rapid Response Capacity in Asia With New Base in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached a landmark agreement with the Government of Malaysia to establish the first United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Asia, based in Subang, Malaysia.

Responding to Emergencies
12 February 2010

Haiti: Food Security Task Force Established By Three Rome-based United Nations Agencies

ROME – The heads of the three United Nations Rome-based agencies announced the establishment of a Task Force for Food Security in Haiti.  The Task Force will support the government of Haiti in the implementation of a concerted, coherent and targeted, immediate and longer-term food security strategy that integrates agricultural production, and social safety nets.

Responding to Emergencies
12 February 2010

WFP to Roll Out Food and Cash for Work Programmes Across Haiti

ROME – One month after a devastating earthquake shattered the lives of millions in Haiti, the World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Haitian government to roll out an urgent early recovery strategy for the millions affected by the disaster by using food and cash to empower local populations to rebuild their lives.

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