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Statement
23 January 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Scale Up of Relief Operation in Haiti

Words cannot describe the devastation that has been wrought on Haiti by the January 12 earthquake. Parts of the capital Port-au-Prince look worse than many war zones. After two days in the city, I have seen the depth of grief and the massive needs the quake has left in its wake.
Nutrition
21 January 2010

WFP Thanks Japan for Support to Improve Mother and Child Nutrition

DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) thanked the Government of Japan on Thursday for its generous donation of Japanese Yen 220,000,000 (US$ 2.4 million) to support mother and child nutrition programmes in Timor-Leste.
Responding to Emergencies
20 January 2010

WFP Executive Director Travels to Haiti Earthquake Zone

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will travel to Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday to assess the situation on the ground following last week’s devastating earthquake.
Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on humanitarian response to Haiti quake

In the week since the earthquake struck Haiti, more than 250,000 ready-to-eat food rations have been distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme and the U.S. military. WFP is streaming humanitarian assistance into Haiti, opening up air, sea and land corridors, and rehabilitating emergency telecommunications systems for the entire humanitarian community
Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2010

WFP: Massive Humanitarian Response to Haiti Earthquake - Teleconference With WFP Executive Director

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will host a global teleconference today, Monday, at 15:00 GMT (16:00 Rome time) to brief media about WFP’s humanitarian response to assist the millions of Haitians whose lives have been devastated by last week’s earthquake.
Responding to Emergencies
16 January 2010

Haiti Earthquake: WFP Operational Update - Jan 15

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for US$279 million to feed 2 million people and provide logistical support for a 6-month Emergency Operation in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
Journalists
13 January 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on devastating earthquake in Haiti

The World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply saddened by the loss of life and widespread destruction in Haiti and we are mobilising all available resources to provide urgently needed food assistance as part of a swift and coordinated recovery effort.
School Meals
12 January 2010

WFP Appoints Tunisian Film Star Hend Sabry Ambassador Against Hunger

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appointed Tunisian film star Hend Sabry as an “Ambassador against Hunger.” The young actress will support WFP in its fight against hunger in developing countries around the world, especially in the Middle East region.
Statement
5 January 2010

WFP Statement on Situation in Southern Somalia

ROME -- Rising threats and attacks on humanitarian operations, as well as the imposition of a string of unacceptable demands from armed groups, have made it virtually impossible for the World Food Programme (WFP) to continue reaching up to one million people in need in southern Somalia.
Statement
28 December 2009

WFP Statement on Staff Fatality in Kandahar

KANDAHAR - The World Food Programme said it was deeply distressed to learn that one of its staff members was amongst the innocent victims of the suicide bombing in the southern city of Kandahar on Thursday 24 December.

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