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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Journalists
28 February 2011

WFP Executive Director To Visit Libya Border Amidst Growing Concern About Escalating Humanitarian Needs

ROME –The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will today travel to Tunisia for meetings with government officials to discuss humanitarian needs arising from the ongoing civil unrest in neighbouring Libya and the regional impact on the vulnerable, especially women and children.

Contributions to WFP
21 February 2011

Haute Couture Meets Humanity - Bunmi Koko Helps WFP Fill The Cup

LONDON - The highly successful new London-based fashion brand, Bunmi Koko, is today launching one of this season’s must-have accessories in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger in the news
16 February 2011

WFP Welcomes ECHO Support To Assist Flood-Affected Communities

COLOMBO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a 700,000 Euros, (approximately U$ 1 million) donation from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to provide urgent food supplies to communities affected by recent monsoon floods.

Hunger in the news
16 February 2011

Egyptian Private Sector Join Hands With WFP To Provide Assistance to Vulnerable Egyptians

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) met yesterday with representatives from the Egyptian private sector who pledged to continue to support WFP in providing food assistance to the most vulnerable Egyptian families affected by the economic slowdown following the last few weeks political crisis.

Statement
11 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Record Purchases From Developing Nations

The World Food Programme (WFP) procured $ 1.25 billion in food commodities last year, including the purchase of more food than ever before from developing nations. This food came from 96 nations, including Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Guatemala, and helped people affected by the epic flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti, and the drought in the Sahel region of Africa.

Hunger in the news
10 February 2011

WFP To Expand Food Assistance To Vulnerable Egyptians

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is continuing to provide food assistance to vulnerable Egyptian families and is making plans to expand its existing food-for-education and food-for-work programmes to include more people affected by the economic slowdown under the current political crisis.

Statement
9 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Floods In Sri Lanka

For the second time in less than a month, battering monsoon rains have forced tens of thousands of Sri Lankans to flee their homes across vast swathes of the country, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is now delivering life-saving food supplies to 500,000 people.

Responding to Emergencies
8 February 2011

WFP Scales Up Response To Renewed Flooding In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  is scaling up emergency food assistance to about 500,000 people in districts of Sri Lanka that have been hardest hit by a second wave of flooding within a month.

Statement
4 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On The Role Of Food In Civil Unrest Across The Middle East

The events unfolding across the Middle East these past few weeks serve as a warning to us all about the important role that food security plays in calming public anger and bolstering stability.

For Individuals
28 January 2011

Drew Brees Teams Up With WFP In The Ricebowl Challenge

ROME/NEW ORLEANS – Super Bowl 2010’s Most Valuable Player Drew Brees and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are challenging students and sports fans to team up for a different kind of bowl game this February, with the goal of beating global hunger.

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