News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
24 June 2010

WFP Boosts Sales of Food Produced by Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially launched the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Ethiopia. Through the project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WFP plans to support almost 70,000 smallholder farmers by purchasing some 126,000 metric tons of food over the next five years.

24 June 2010

UNICEF and WFP appeal for urgent mobilization of the international community to fight child malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY – The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months, according to the results of the annual survey on child nutrition publicly released this Thursday. The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF urge the international community to mobilize all necessary resources to enable them to protect and heal suffering children.

Responding to Emergencies
24 June 2010

Six in Ten Homes Go Hungry in Chadian Sahel

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is using the results of an Emergency Food Security Assessment to ensure food gets to those who need it most in drought-hit areas of the Chadian Sahel.

Responding to Emergencies
21 June 2010

WFP Flies in Aid, Builds Humanitarian Hub in Southern Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is accelerating the delivery of food assistance to Kyrgyzstan with the arrival of a plane-load of aid in the city of Osh today.

Responding to Emergencies
19 June 2010

WFP Ramps Up Food Deliveries For Victims Of Kyrgyzstan Crisis

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme is delivering desperately needed food to thousands of people fleeing violent clashes, many of whom are trapped in neighbourhoods in southern Kyrgyzstan’s main city Osh.

18 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on How Cash and Food for Work Are Helping Haiti Recover

This week Haitians in Jacmel who have been clearing rubble, installing drainage and making other community improvements are receiving cash and food wages as part of WFP’s new food and cash for work programmes.  For most people these are the first wages they’ve earned since the earthquake struck on January 12. 

Responding to Emergencies
15 June 2010

WFP Mobilizes to Meet Emergency Needs in Kyrgyzstan Clashes

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency operation to provide logistics and feed civilians caught in the humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan, while calling on all sides to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian supplies, particularly in the country’s second city, Osh.

A Billion for a Billion
8 June 2010

WFP Hunger Ambassador Kaka Says Fighting Hunger is a Team Effort

ROME – As the World Cup approaches, Brazilian football star, and former FIFA World Player of the Year, Kaka , is kicking off a coaching campaign for the World Food Programme, aimed at teaching young people the importance of fighting hunger and the best tactics to help the one billion people on earth who don’t have enough to eat each day.

ED - J.Sheeran
8 June 2010

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Welcomes Largest Single Contribution From the European Commission Towards Food Assistance in Sudan

Today we have had the great pleasure of welcoming the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, on her first visit to the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome.

A Billion for a Billion
7 June 2010

Thousands Walk Together to Fight Hunger with WFP

ROME– Tens of thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in cities around the world to show their support for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against global hunger.


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