News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
5 June 2012

First Donation From Chechen Ahmat Kadyrov Charity Foundation Of The Russian Federation To Assist Somali Refugees In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its first contribution from the Chechen Ahmat Kadyrov Charity Foundation of the Russian Federation. This contribution of over US$204,000 (3.6 million Ethiopian Birr) will help WFP to provide food assistance to Somali refugees in Southern Ethiopia.

Hunger in the news
31 May 2012

WFP Welcomes New Support From Australia, Key Ally In Fighting Global Hunger

SYDNEY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new  AUS$25 million contribution to fighting hunger worldwide, announced during the first official visit to Australia by the agency’s Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.

Hunger in the news
30 May 2012

Humanitarian Aid Worker Released In Darfur After More Than 80 Days In Captivity

NYALA - After 86 days in captivity in the South Darfur region of Sudan, British aid worker Patrick Noonan, who was working for the UN World Food Programme (WFP), has been released and is looking forward to seeing his family.

ED - E.Cousin
29 May 2012

WFP Executive Director Thanks Japan For Ongoing Commitment To Ending Hunger

TOKYO – On her first trip to Japan as the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin this week welcomed the continued commitment by Japan – including the Japanese government, business, non-governmental organizations and citizens – to the fight against hunger.

Hunger in the news
29 May 2012

WFP Hosts A Hangout From The Frontlines Of The Sahel Hunger Crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will host a Google “Hangout” from the frontlines of the hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa on Wednesday 30 May at 15.00 NYC / 20.00 London.

Hunger in the news
28 May 2012

US Government Scales Up Support For WFP Disaster Preparedness In the Philippines

Manila – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a US$3.75 million (approximately PhP 160 million) grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will be used to expand WFP’s disaster preparedness and response programme in the Philippines.

Hunger in the news
26 May 2012

WFP And SADC In Historic Alliance To Fight Hunger In Southern Africa

GABORONE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed a landmark agreement yesterday to work together to improve food and nutrition security in southern Africa. While most of SADC’s 15 member countries are experiencing significant economic growth, the region is suffering high levels of child under-nutrition, a devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic, and deep vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity that is compounded by climactic and market shocks.

ED - E.Cousin
25 May 2012

WFP Executive Director Travels To Japan And Australia

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, travels this week to two of the agency’s leading donors and supporters.

Hunger in the news
24 May 2012

United States Donates US$5 Million In Rice And Oil To WFP Mauritania For Assistance To Malian Refugees

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a donation of 3 270 metric tons of rice and 60 metric tons of vegetable oil, worth almost US$5 million, from the United State’s Office of Food for Peace to feed Malians seeking refuge in Mauritania.

Hunger in the news
22 May 2012

WFP And UNHCR Warn Of Rapidly Worsening Refugee Crisis In Hunger-Stricken Sahel

ROME/GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a regional emergency operation alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in response to the specific food needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled conflict in Mali and crossed the border into neighbouring countries.


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