News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
29 July 2011

Horn Of Africa Emergency

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme is extending operations to feed 11.5 million drought affected people in the Horn of Africa as more donations come in.  WFP has received more than US $250 million from donors for its work in the Horn, but needs as much again to support its operations over the next six months.

Contributions to WFP
28 July 2011

World Steps Up To Challenge Of Helping Hungry People Of Horn Of Africa

NAIROBI – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a surge in donations from governments, companies and individuals as it scales up operations and assistance to those affected by drought and famine.

Hunger in the news
25 July 2011

Rome Emergency Meeting Rallies To Aid Horn Of Africa (FAO)

Rome - The international community rallied today to the aid of drought- and famine-affected populations in the Horn of Africa with an immediate, twin-track programme designed to avert an imminent humanitarian catastrophe and build long-term food security in the region.


Hunger in the news
21 July 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Visit To Mogadishu Somalia

There is a life and death situation here in Somalia.  WFP will start airlifts within days into Mogadishu to get vital supplies of special nutritious foods for the malnourished children who so desperately need it.

Hunger in the news
21 July 2011

Visit To Somalia And Northern Kenya By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is today (21 July) travelling to Somalia to view WFP’s ongoing operations to feed vulnerable and hungry people affected by severe drought and conflict. Sheeran will return to Nairobi, Kenya this evening.

Hunger in the news
21 July 2011

Food Situation Improving In Misrata But Prices And Lack Of Cash A Worry

CAIRO – A  four-day UN joint mission to Misrata has found that while food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) and other humanitarian actors has led to an improvement in the food situation in the port city, rising food prices and the lack of money for people to buy food mean the situation remains a concern.

Responding to Emergencies
20 July 2011

WFP Declares Horn Of Africa Crisis Highest Global Humanitarian Priority

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said 11.3 million people are in need of food assistance due to drought in the Horn of Africa, and declared a corporate emergency, elevating the crisis to the highest level of action, and indicating grave concern about the possibility of widespread loss of life.

Hunger in the news
19 July 2011

WFP Pandemic Simulation Prepares Governments For Whole Of Society Response

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme is leading a crisis simulation that will aim to build the capacity of national governments and humanitarian actors to respond to the consequences of a severe influenza pandemic. The Pandemic Readiness and Response Exercise (P2RX) will be held in Dakar from 18 to 22 July. The first P2RX took place in Mombasa, Kenya in 2010, and the next exercise will take place in southern Africa in 2012.

Responding to Emergencies
13 July 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme On Humanitarian Access To Southern Somalia

Drought and conflict are threatening lives in southern Somalia and forcing refugees to stream across the border into Ethiopia and Kenya. 

Responding to Emergencies
12 July 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Hunger In The Horn Of Africa

The drought afflicting the Horn of Africa region has left millions at the mercy of hunger, threatening the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists, and putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk.  Protecting the brains and bodies of young children, and pregnant and lactating women through special nutritional food is our top priority.


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