News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
20 December 2012

U.S. Contributes $7.9 Million to the UN World Food Program’s Agriculture and Market Access Programs

The U.S. Mission in Uganda today announced a contribution of $7.9 million toward agriculture and market access activities of the UN World Food Program (WFP). The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative, will deliver the funding on behalf of the American people. 

Hunger in the news
19 December 2012

WFP Seeks Urgent Assistance For More Than 550,000 Refugees In Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for urgent funding to continue providing food assistance as planned to more than 550,000 refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps in northern Kenya

Hunger in the news
18 December 2012

Mobile Money Helps To Address Food Shortages In Malawi

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has  joined forces  with the Government of Malawi and mobile telecommunications company Airtel to launch an innovative  cash transfer programme to help  more than  100,000 people affected by food shortages in central and southern Malawi.  Funding for the initiative  is being provided by UKAID.

Hunger in the news
18 December 2012

Japan Donates US$7 Million To Help Feed Yemen’s Hungry Poor

SANA’A – The Government of Japan and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a new agreement in Rome that will provide US$7.1 million in emergency food assistance for almost half a million Yemenis. 

Hunger in the news
13 December 2012

WFP Executive Director Visits The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, concluded a two-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, her first to the Gulf region since she assumed her position in April.

Hunger in the news
11 December 2012

Exclusive Video Shows Food Reaching Hungry In Northern Mali And Emergency Response To Feed Displaced People

BAMAKO – Recent video and stills photos highlight the plight of conflict-affected people in Mali, West Africa, where the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to provide food and fight malnutrition.

Hunger in the news
11 December 2012

WFP Appeals For US$21.6 Million To Assist Victims Of Typhoon Bopha

DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for US$21.6 million to provide life-saving food and nutrition assistance as well as logistics support for 400,000 people who have been most affected by Typhoon Bopha in the worst-hit areas of  Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, the CARAGA region, and Lanao del Sur. These funding needs are part of the UN flash appeal announced yesterday in the Philippines, which calls for US$65 million to support emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation activities.

Hunger in the news
10 December 2012

Japan Donates US$ 6 Million To Help WFP Feed Vulnerable People

DHAKA – A generous cash donation of ¥470,000,000 (US$ 6 million) from the Government of Japan will allow WFP to provide food assistance to poor and vulnerable communities which are vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. 

Hunger in the news
7 December 2012

Howard G. Buffett Foundation To Provide $1 Million To WFP In Support Of Returning Congolese Displaced In North Kivu

GOMA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – The Howard G. Buffett Foundation today announced a US $1 million grant to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency logistics support and food assistance to displaced families returning to their homes following the most recent outbreak of conflict in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Before the latest violence in November, around 440,000 people had already been displaced by fighting in North Kivu province since April 2012.

Climate Change
6 December 2012

WFP And UN-Habitat Help Four Cities Prepare For Effects Of Climate Change

MANILA – As thousands of Filipinos in the southern region of the country struggle to recover from the destruction caused by the country’s latest extreme weather event, Typhoon Bopha, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to support the Philippine government’s initiatives in building resilience to climate change.


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