News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
7 March 2013

Japan Unveils US$5.6 Million In Support Of Drought Relief Programme In Zimbabwe

RUSHINGA – The Government of Japan today announced a contribution of more than US$5,600,000 (¥460,000,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help people facing food shortages due to drought in Zimbabwe.

Contributions to WFP
6 March 2013

The World Food Programme Thanks Canada For Continuing Its Partnership Against Hunger

OTTAWA – Today the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honorable Julian Fantino, and senior members of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) met with the Executive Director of the Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, to reaffirm their shared commitment to end hunger and malnutrition.

Focus on Women
5 March 2013

Women, Violence And Food Security: International Women’s Day 2013

ROME –Leaders of international organisations based in Rome will meet at the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day. They will highlight ways of protecting and empowering women and girls and the vital importance of food security. There will be a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

WFP Ambassadors
5 March 2013

WFP-Backed Team Reaches Top Of Mount Kilimanjaro In Celebration Of International Women’s Day

DAR ES SALAAM – Early this morning, an all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Hunger in the news
5 March 2013

Western Union Foundation Contributes To WFP’s School Meals Programme In Upper Egypt

CAIRO – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) received US$100,000 (670,000 Egyptian pounds) from the Western Union Foundation to support thousands of children and their families through WFP’s school meals programme in Upper Egypt.

Hunger in the news
1 March 2013

Harvest Increases But Food Insecurity Remains High In South Sudan

JUBA – At least 4.1 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

28 February 2013

WFP To Receive Large Wheat Donation From Government Of Pakistan

Islamabad - The Government of Pakistan has announced a donation of 75,000 metric tons of wheat to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at a time when critical funding shortages threatened the provision of emergency food assistance to almost one million displaced people in the country’s north-west.

Hunger in the news
26 February 2013

WFP Buys Record Quantity Of Maize From Ethiopian Cooperative Unions

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that local farmers cooperatives in Ethiopia have begun delivering the largest amount of maize they have ever sold to WFP, enough to support more than 1.8 million people for a month.

Hunger in the news
25 February 2013

All-Female Team Climbs Africa’s Highest Peak With Help Of UN World Food Programme

DAR ES SALAAM – They have conquered the world’s highest mountain. They have climbed the highest peaks in Europe and Australia. Now, seven Nepali women – members of the most successful all-female team ever to scale Mount Everest - will join three African women to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Responding to Emergencies
22 February 2013

Mali: WFP Opens Up New Routes To Reach More Conflict-Affected People In North

BAMAKO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has opened today a new land route for transporting vital food assistance from Niamey, in Niger, to northern Mali, where the volatile security situation and economic disruption is affecting food supplies.


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