Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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.
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.
Drought and conflict are threatening lives in southern Somalia and forcing refugees to stream across the border into Ethiopia and Kenya.
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.
WFP Spokesman, David Orr, on his return from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya this week: “I met Somali women and children who had walked for weeks to reach the safety of refugee camps in Kenya.
From mega-emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, to headline-grabbing humanitarian crises, such as the conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire or Libya, the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by disaster and tragedy over the last few years.
ADDIS ABABA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) confirms that Abdou Dieng, the new Country Director, today presented his letter of appointment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
CAIRO – The World Food Programme has distributed more than 6,000 metric tons of food assistance to more than 543,000 people across Libya since the start of its North Africa Emergency Operation, four months ago. Working with partners, including the Libyan Red Crescent, more than 282,000 people in eastern Libya, and 261,000 in western Libya have received food assistance.
VIENTIANE – Families in the south and central regions of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic who are still suffering from the effects of severe drought and flash floods in 2010 will receive vital food assistance, thanks to a donation of US$1.5 million from the United States of America to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
PYONGYANG – The Indian Ambassador to the Democatic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) His Excellency Pratap Singh travelled to the port of Nampo last week to welcome the off-loading of food supplies destined for hungry women and children via the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).