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Hunger in the news
29 January 2013

WFP Food Assistance Returns To Kismayo For First Time In Four Years

NAIROBI – The U.N. World Food Programme has begun providing food assistance in the southern Somali city of Kismayo for the first time in more than four years. Conflict and insecurity have prevented WFP and many other humanitarian agencies from working in the area, but improved security and access now make it possible to reach Kismayo’s most vulnerable people.

Journalists
26 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Meets Syrian Refugees In Jordan As New Arrivals Surge

 AMMAN – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, returned to the Middle East region today to visit Zaatari refugee camp amid concerns of an influx of Syrian refugees crossing the border to Jordan.

Hunger in the news
23 January 2013

WFP Donates Equipment Worth 16.2 Million Rupees To Balochistan Health Department

Quetta- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over medical equipment worth over 16.2 million rupees to the health department of the Government of Balochistan.

Hunger in the news
22 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Attends World Economic Forum In Davos

ROME - The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will attend the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, beginning on 23 January

18 January 2013

WFP And NAZA Group Of Companies Launch Hunger Quiz To Improve Nutrition In Asia

KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the NAZA Group of Companies today launched an online hunger quiz to raise awareness and support for the fight against hunger and undernutrition in Asia. This is the second year that NAZA is sponsoring the initiative.

Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2013

US Government Boost For Typhoon Pablo Response

Davao City —The United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated an additional PhP164 million (US$4 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to further boost the Philippine Government’s Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) response.  This brings the total U.S. Government commitment to the Pablo humanitarian response to PhP508.4 million (US$12.4 million).

Contributions to WFP
16 January 2013

U.S. and WFP To Feed 300,000 Refugees and Vulnerable Ugandans

KAMPALA –U.S. Mission Uganda has announced a donation of $12 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation in support of refugees in Uganda and the chronically food-insecure people in the Karamoja region.

Hunger in the news
15 January 2013

WFP Executive Director Meets Top Turkish Officials And Visits Syrian Refugees In Turkey

KILIS – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a visit to Turkey this week by meeting Syrian refugees in Kilis camp on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Responding to Emergencies
11 January 2013

Helping the Rural Poor a Priority for Haiti 3 Years After the Earthquake: Says WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that while there has been progress recovering from the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, Haitians are now facing new food security challenges with the effects of drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

Hunger in the news
11 January 2013

WFP Executive Director To Visit Syrian Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Turkey 13-15 January to visit WFP’s food assistance operation for Syrian refugees and to hold meetings with senior government officials in Ankara and Istanbul. 

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