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Hunger in the news
14 April 2011

Launch Of Latest Edition Of Ground-Breaking Humanitarian Handbook In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The 2011 edition of the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response handbook was launched in Pretoria today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision International (WVI).

Hunger in the news
13 April 2011

Amadou And Mariam: Ambassadors Against Hunger For WFP And The European Union

Rome - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the internationally acclaimed Malian singers Amadou & Mariam as WFP Ambassadors against Hunger for the European Union.

Cash and Vouchers
12 April 2011

WFP Launches Food Voucher Project In Jalalabad

JALALABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a groundbreaking food voucher project in eastern Afghanistan, helping thousands of hungry people get the food they need to live healthy lives.

Responding to Emergencies
12 April 2011

WFP Launches Airlifts In Expansion Of Operation In Côte D'Ivoire And Liberia

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is planning airlifts in the coming days to provide life-saving food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people in Côte d’Ivoire and Ivorian refugees in neighbouring Liberia.

Responding to Emergencies
8 April 2011

WFP Ship Delivers Vital Humanitarian Assistance At Frontline Of Libya Conflict

A World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian vessel carrying life-saving food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items has finally been able to reach Misrata port, opening up a new humanitarian lifeline to civilians trapped in the Libyan conflict.

7 April 2011

WFP Ship Delivers Vital Humanitarian Assistance At Frontline Of Libya Conflict

ROME -- A World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian vessel carrying life-saving food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items has finally been able to reach Misrata port, opening up a new humanitarian lifeline to civilians trapped in the Libyan conflict.

ED - J.Sheeran
5 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Sees How Food Saves Lives, Fights Malnutrition In Somalia

GALKAYO, Somalia – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, today highlighted the suffering of the Somali people that she witnessed during a visit to a region of Somalia affected by war and deepening drought.

Contributions to WFP
5 April 2011

United States Donates Food For WFP To Feed Children And Vulnerable People

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received today from the United States Government a donation of 4,000 metric tons of food (worth US$6.5 million) to assist communities vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Focus on Women
3 April 2011

UN Leaders Raise Alarm On Plight Of Somali Refugees In Kenya

DADAAB – The heads of three United Nations agencies today expressed deep concern about the living conditions of more than 314,000 Somali refugees during a visit to three camps in Dadaab in northeastern Kenya.  More refugees are arriving daily, crowding more people into one of the largest refugee concentrations in the world.

2 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Says Drought, Rising Prices And Conflict Drive Over 5 Million Into Hunger In Horn

The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.  More and more people need help in the Horn and we’re now on high alert over the impact of the March to May long rains.

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