Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
“Recurrent natural disasters are exacerbating the food security situation of both rural and urban populations in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, which are also suffering the impact of high food prices.”
--WFP Regional Director, Gemmo Lodesani
Cooperatives offer opportunities that smallholders could not achieve individually. Smallholder farmers gain big benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) stressed today on the occasion of the launch of the International Year of Cooperatives 2012 (IYC) in New York.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day by highlighting the importance of regional markets and local produce in increasing access to food at both national and household levels.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Sindh province of 8,333 metric tons of wheat for distribution to people affected by the recent monsoon floods in Sindh.
The growing threat of food security in Niger is deeply worrying. The country appears to be heading towards a full-scale food crisis if early measures are not taken. Vulnerable families are still exhausted by the last crisis, barely a year ago, and they have little ability to confront another emergency.
--Denise Brown, WFP Niger Country Director, Niamey
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The United Nations World Food Programme today expanded its partnership with USAID to support smallholder farmers in developing countries through its innovative Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot programme. The project was highlighted today at a WFPUSA award ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that honored Bill Gates and Howard Buffett as pioneers of this program that addresses hunger at its core. The keynote at the event was delivered by Vice President Joe Biden.
A US$750,000 cash grant from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is powering the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Disaster Preparedness and Response project in four of the most disaster-prone provinces of Northern Luzon.
The Peace Corps joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and pledged to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide.
A 1.5 million euros (BDT 15 crore) donation from ECHO, the humanitarian aid department of the European Union, has allowed the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to step up food distributions to victims of recent flooding in Satkhira and Jessore districts.