News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Aid professionals
8 February 2010

World Food Programme Announces New Deputy Executive Director

ROME – WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran today announced the appointment of Ramiro Lopes da Silva of Portugal - a 25-year veteran of key WFP emergency operations around the world - as the agency's new Deputy Executive Director of External Relations.  Lopes da Silva was recently deployed to Haiti, to lead the vital emergency response there.

5 February 2010

Media Advisory: Supporting Haitian-led Food Security

ROME - On the one month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Haitian Agriculture Minister Joanas Gue will convene a high level meeting to discuss the country’s medium and long-term agricultural development, food security and nutrition planning process. 

Climate Change
4 February 2010

WFP Partners With Uttarakhand Government to Combat Climate Change and Strengthen Food Security

DEHRADUN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed Thursday a commitment by the State of Uttarakhand to help agriculture-dependent communities adapt to climate change.

3 February 2010

WFP Thanks World for Unprecedented Outpouring of Aid for Haiti

ROME - United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran today thanked the world for generosity and compassion for the people of Haiti, with donors -- ranging from governments to companies and even internet gamers -- raising almost US$230 million in cash and donating valuable goods and services.
Responding to Emergencies
2 February 2010

Number Of Hungry Quadruples in Southern Sudan Amidst Conflict and Drought

JUBA – The number of people in southern Sudan in need of food assistance has more than quadrupled from almost 1 million in 2009 to 4.3 million this year because of conflict and drought, UN food agencies and Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said today.
1 February 2010

Australian Government Aid Boosts Emergency Response Capacity in Timor-Leste

SAME – Emergency response capacity in Timor-Leste has been given a considerable boost with the opening of three warehouses built or refurbished by funds donated by the Australian Government, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced Monday.
30 January 2010

WFP Begins Major Scale-Up Of Food Assistance In Haiti

"This distribution system will not only allow us to reach more people, it will give us the qualitative step we need to facilitate the delivery of all kinds of humanitarian assistance in the weeks and months to come. The 16 fixed sites are an important step towards food stability." WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran
24 January 2010

Princess Haya Returns From Dubai Airlift to Haiti

Stranded Jordanians, Palestinians, and Syrians brought back home from Port-au-Prince.
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.
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.


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