News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Climate Change
2 November 2011

WFP Responds To Calls For Assistance In Flood-Stricken Central America

“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

Hunger in the news
31 October 2011

International Year Of Cooperatives 2012: Agricultural Cooperatives Are Key To Reducing Hunger And Poverty

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.

31 October 2011

Africa Food & Nutrition Security Day Emphasizes Need For Stronger Food Systems To Reduce Hunger

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.

Hunger in the news
31 October 2011

Sindh Government Contributes Wheat To WFP For Monsoon Flood Victims

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.

Hunger in the news
28 October 2011

WFP Calls For Early Action To Avoid Full-Scale Food Crisis In Niger

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

Hunger in the news
26 October 2011

Freerice China: Have Fun, Improve Your Vocabulary And Feed A Hungry!

Do you want to learn and fight hunger at the same time? Did you know that by improving your English vocabulary and general knowledge skills you can feed a hungry child? From today, the Chinese version of world-renowned website will help you do just this.

Hunger in the news
24 October 2011

Support To Smallholder Farmers Spotlighted In Award To Gates And Buffett And New WFP-USAID Partnership

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.

Hunger in the news
24 October 2011

US Cash Grant Powering WFP Disaster Preparedness And Response Activities In Luzon

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.

20 October 2011

Peace Corps Strengthens Global Partnership With FAO And WFP

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.

Responding to Emergencies
19 October 2011

Bangladesh: European Union Donates €1.5 Million For Flood Victims In Satkhira and Jessore

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.


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