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Hunger in the news
28 October 2011

WFP Calls For Early Action To Avoid Full-Scale Food Crisis In Niger

The growing threat of food security in Niger is deeply worrying. The country appears to be heading towards a full-scale food crisis if early measures are not taken. Vulnerable families are still exhausted by the last crisis, barely a year ago, and they have little ability to confront another emergency.

--Denise Brown, WFP Niger Country Director, Niamey

Hunger in the news
26 October 2011

Freerice China: Have Fun, Improve Your Vocabulary And Feed A Hungry!

Do you want to learn and fight hunger at the same time? Did you know that by improving your English vocabulary and general knowledge skills you can feed a hungry child? From today, the Chinese version of world-renowned website Freerice.com will help you do just this.

Hunger in the news
24 October 2011

Support To Smallholder Farmers Spotlighted In Award To Gates And Buffett And New WFP-USAID Partnership

The United Nations World Food Programme today expanded its partnership with USAID to support smallholder farmers in developing countries through its innovative Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot programme. The project was highlighted today at a WFPUSA award ceremony hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that honored Bill Gates and Howard Buffett as pioneers of this program that addresses hunger at its core. The keynote at the event was delivered by Vice President Joe Biden.

Hunger in the news
24 October 2011

US Cash Grant Powering WFP Disaster Preparedness And Response Activities In Luzon

A US$750,000 cash grant from the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is powering the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Disaster Preparedness and Response project in four of the most disaster-prone provinces of Northern Luzon.

RBA
20 October 2011

Peace Corps Strengthens Global Partnership With FAO And WFP

The Peace Corps joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), and pledged to support and expand food security-related activities that will combat hunger in Peace Corps countries worldwide.

Responding to Emergencies
19 October 2011

Bangladesh: European Union Donates €1.5 Million For Flood Victims In Satkhira and Jessore

A 1.5 million euros (BDT 15 crore) donation from ECHO, the humanitarian aid department of the European Union, has allowed the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to step up food distributions to victims of recent flooding in Satkhira and Jessore districts.

Hunger in the news
18 October 2011

WFP'S Emergency Food Rations Reaching Over 70,000 Flood Victims In Central America

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua have distributed urgently needed food rations to more than 70,000 people severely affected by Tropical Depression 12E, but continuing bad weather and damage to roads and infrastructure are hampering efforts to reach isolated communities.

Cash and Vouchers
18 October 2011

Assessing Mobile Banking Services And Opportunities For Rural Zambians

The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are conducting a joint assessment of mobile banking services and products for migrant agricultural workers in Zambia.  It is expected that better management of household finances will contribute towards increasing household food security and help reduce risk and vulnerability to HIV.

18 October 2011

Food Assistance Builds Bridge Between Hunger And Hope As Millions Mark World Food Day

The World Food Programme (WFP) today marks World Food Day by highlighting the vital role that food assistance plays during humanitarian crises, supporting recovery in the immediate aftermath of disasters, and building the resilience that is necessary to ensure food security.

Hunger in the news
18 October 2011

WFP Welcomes Saudi Arabian Donation Of More Than US$ 900,000

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a Saudi donation of 275 metric tons of dates valued at more than US$ 900,000 to provide meals to school children in Ethiopia.

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