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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
13 December 2011

WFP Raises Alarm At Unseasonal Food Price Increase In Drought-Hit Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned by an unseasonal rise in grain prices in Niger and is planning an urgent scale-up of food assistance operations -- aimed at as many as one million people in vulnerable households.

Contributions to WFP
9 December 2011

MasterCard and WFP Team Up to Enable Customers to Feed Hungry in Horn of Africa

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), MasterCard PayPass and Poland’s Alma supermarket chain have launched a new campaign to provide meals to hungry children suffering from drought in the Horn of Africa.

Journalists
6 December 2011

Italian Power Company ENEL And WFP Unveil Joint Effort In Fight Against Hunger And Climate Change

€8 million agreement to install “green” stoves and solar panels and provide support for humanitarian efforts.

Hunger in the news
5 December 2011

New Helicopter Service Supports Assistance To Somali Refugees in Dolo Ado

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today started a helicopter service linking the refugee camps in Dolo Ado with the town of Gode, in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, a critical connection that will keep heavy rainfall from disrupting humanitarian services to the camps.

Hunger in the news
2 December 2011

FAO, IFAD and WFP Reach 22 Million People With Massive EU Investment In Agriculture

In just two years FAO, IFAD, and WFP have assisted over 22 million people hardest hit by the global food price crisis thanks to generous funding from the European Union’s Food Facility (EUFF) - providing tangible evidence that investing in agriculture and nutrition improves global food security, the three UN agencies said today. The combined effects of high food prices in 2007-2008 and the global financial and economic downturn pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. By the end of 2008, when the number of undernourished people neared one billion, the European Union launched the € 1 billion Food Facility.

Hunger in the news
1 December 2011

On World AIDS Day, WFP Highlights Importance Of Nutrition For People Living With HIV

The World Food Programme (WFP) today marks World AIDS Day by emphasizing the importance of providing food and nutrition support to people living with HIV and their families.

Hunger in the news
1 December 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme ED Josette Sheeran At The Conclusion Of The High Level Forum On Aid Effectiveness In Busan, Republic Of Korea

At a critical time in the world, when resources are scarce but humanitarian needs remain acute, it has never been more important to do aid right. At the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), we believe in delivering the right aid, in the right place, at the right time, and to the right people. No matter how challenging the circumstances.

Hunger in the news
29 November 2011

WFP Executive Director Attends High Level Forum On Aid Effectiveness In Busan

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is in Busan, South Korea, to attend the fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, where she will meet with government leaders and heads of UN agencies. 

Hunger in the news
25 November 2011

DPRK Harvest Improves But Serious Nutrition Concerns Persist

An assessment conducted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) indicates an improvement in the main annual harvest for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) compared to 2010 but highlights ongoing concerns over the nutrition situation, particularly among young children.

24 November 2011

Finland Doubles Donation To WFP In Afghanistan

The Government of Finland has donated 1 million euros (US$ 1.4 million) to WFP Afghanistan, which will be used to buy nutritious food for young children.

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