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Hunger in the news
17 May 2012

WFP Launches Distribution Of Cash Vouchers, Restocks Cereal Banks To Build Resilience

DAKAR – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a distribution of cash vouchers in the town of Bignona, in the Ziguinchor region, tomorrow, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.

Hunger in the news
15 May 2012

WFP Food Vouchers Helping Hungry Families And Local Markets In Somalia

NAIROBI – Thousands of people in Somaliland are getting more fresh meat in their diet as a result of an innovative UN World Food Programme initiative that provides parents with vouchers to help them afford nutritious food from local traders.

Hunger in the news
11 May 2012

WFP Executive Director To Participate In May 18 Symposium Advancing Food Security At The G8 Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in the United States from 17 to 22 May to participate in several high-level food security and nutrition events on the margins of the upcoming G8 summit at Camp David.

Hunger in the news
7 May 2012

Statement On Humanitarian Crisis In Niger By Executive Director Of WFP Ertharin Cousin And UN High Commissioner For Refugees Antonio Guterres

Today, we are completing a four-day visit to Niger, which is experiencing a deepening humanitarian crisis. In the Ouallam and Maradi regions, we saw fathers and mothers struggling to feed their families in villages where hunger has already taken hold in advance of the traditional hunger season.

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.

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