Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
Juba – The United States Government has announced a cash donation of US$30 million toward the emergency relief operation of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan. The contribution will be delivered through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
By José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).
DAKAR – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a distribution of cash vouchers in the town of Bignona, in the Ziguinchor region, tomorrow, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.
NAIROBI – Thousands of people in Somaliland are getting more fresh meat in their diet as a result of an innovative UN World Food Programme initiative that provides parents with vouchers to help them afford nutritious food from local traders.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in the United States from 17 to 22 May to participate in several high-level food security and nutrition events on the margins of the upcoming G8 summit at Camp David.
Today, we are completing a four-day visit to Niger, which is experiencing a deepening humanitarian crisis. In the Ouallam and Maradi regions, we saw fathers and mothers struggling to feed their families in villages where hunger has already taken hold in advance of the traditional hunger season.
DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) selects international mobile marketing firm BigTime to implement interactive SMS-based fundraising campaigns, with a primary focus on the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
ROME/GENEVA– The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, are scheduled to arrive today in the drought-hit country of Niger, West Africa.
MANILA – Through its innovative “Sandwich Heroes” campaign, Unilever Food Solutions, a subsidiary of Unilever, has raised Php 400,000 in the Philippines for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The donation will allow WFP to feed 40,000 children under its school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao, particularly in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte.
An aircraft contracted by the WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) crash-landed in Yambio, South Sudan on Wednesday. Two people on board were injured, but none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.