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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
1 August 2010

WFP Begins First Food Distributions To Pakistan Flood Victims; Food Supplies Hit

ISLAMABAD – The World Food Programme has today started food distributions to 35,000 families hit by catastrophic flooding in Northwestern Pakistan, which has also affected parts of neighbouring Afghanistan.

Purchase for Progress
29 July 2010

WFP Executive Director sees revolution in fighting hunger by Africa helping itself

KIGALI – People in many African countries can recover from conflict faster and even have their lives transformed through a revolution in the fight against hunger including greater opportunities to harness the power of markets, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Focus on Women
27 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at African Union Summit in Kampala

Many leaders at the African Union summit in Uganda are leading the way in bringing new energy and commitment to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And the African Union has declared its intent to build an Africa that ends hunger and empowers the continent to both feed itself, and ultimately to help feed the world.

Purchase for Progress
23 July 2010

Food, Shelter and Protection Promise Stable Future for Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Goma– The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, said they hoped more people displaced by years of conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo will soon find the security they need to return to their homes and re-start farming their land. 

Responding to Emergencies
20 July 2010

Niger Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - Millions of people are facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests, and high food prices.  A dramatic deterioration of the nutrition situation has led to the World Food Programme (WFP) significantly expandings its programme with a sharp focus on the needs of malnourished children. 

Purchase for Progress
20 July 2010

Visit by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, to Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda

Rome – Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will begin a fact-finding visit this week to four African nations where the agency is undertaking the full spectrum of its humanitarian work ranging from emergency food assistance in Niger to distribution of cash and vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and support for small farmers in its Purchase for Progress initiative in Uganda.

Nutrition
20 July 2010

WFP Plans Massive Scale Up in Hunger Relief Operation as Needs Grow Dramatically in Drought-hit Niger

Rome - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is massively scaling-up its food assistance operation in the west African state of Niger to feed up to 8 million hungry people who have lost crops and livestock due to a particularly severe drought.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
20 July 2010

Good Nutrition Can Improve Treatment for People Living With HIV

VIENNA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urging health care providers, governments and other partners to include a simple, yet vital, ingredient in the treatment of people living with HIV - good nutrition.

Statement
10 July 2010

Joint Statement By The Government Of Spain And The United Nations World Food Programme

Over the past five years, Spain and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have built a strong partnership which has led to Spain becoming a major donor to WFP operations across the world. In the context of the global economic crisis, WFP appreciates Spain’s commitment to keep the battle against hunger a high priority in the government’s agenda and is thankful for their humanitarian response in Africa and Latin America.

Nutrition
8 July 2010

Haiti Six Months On - Backgrounder

Overview: In the week after the January 12 earthquake, WFP delivered 1 million rations, equivalent to more than 3 million meals, to over 200,000 people.

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