News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
1 February 2012

WFP Launches World Freerice Week To Fight Hunger Through The Power Of Social Media

The theory of “Six Degrees of Separation” says that every person in the world is connected to every other person in the world through, at most, six other people. Through its online hunger-fighting game, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is encouraging Freerice players to use these connections to bring food to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Hunger in the news
1 February 2012

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Welcomes Sentencing Action For Murder Of WFP Staff Member In Kenya

All of us at the World Food Programme welcome the decision by the Nakuru High Court in Kenya this week to sentence five men to 56 years in prison each for the 2008 murder of our WFP colleague Silence Chirara.

Hunger in the news
1 February 2012

Sami Yusuf Calls On The World To Remember And Support The Horn Of Africa

Internationally acclaimed artist Sami Yusuf appealed today to the media and donors not to forget the people of the Horn of Africa crisis facing hunger and, in some areas, the continuing impact of the worst drought in 60 years.

Hunger in the news
31 January 2012

WFP Responds To Growing Needs Among Tens Of Thousands Affected By Conflict In South Sudan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has scaled up food assistance to reach 80,000 people affected by the recent escalation of inter-communal violence in Jonglei State, in the eastern part of South Sudan.

27 January 2012

WFP - Investing In Indonesia's Future By Fighting Under- Nutrition

Marking 2012 National Nutrition Day of Indonesia, WFP in Indonesia is highlighting its partnership with the Government in the fight against under-nutrition.

Hunger in the news
26 January 2012

WFP Honours Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu As Champion Against Hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is honouring Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa as a Global Champion in the Battle against Hunger in recognition of his long-time advocacy on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. WFP will present an award to Archbishop Emeritus Tutu during a dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later today.

Hunger in the news
24 January 2012

WFP Executive Director Travels To World Economic Forum

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will attend the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 in Davos, Switzerland, beginning on Wednesday, 25 January.

Hunger in the news
23 January 2012

WFP And Logistics Companies Join Forces To Prepare Countries For Disaster Response

Humanitarian organizations and the world’s leading logistics companies have teamed up to conduct the first in a series of assessments to help countries strengthen their ability to respond to emergencies.

Hunger in the news
18 January 2012

WFP Receives A US$31 Million Contribution From Germany To Fight Hunger In Yemen

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a generous US$31.4 million (Euro 23 million) contribution from the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for its emergency and life saving programmes in Yemen.

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17 January 2012

WFP Welcomes Appointment Of New Executive Director

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the appointment of Ertharin Cousin as its new Executive Director, following confirmation by the office of the UN Secretary General that she would assume the post at the head of the world’s largest humanitarian agency later this year.


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