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24 September 2013

Brazil Donates Rice To WFP Refugee Operation In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received 1,513 metric tons of rice, valued at US$718,000 (more than 13 million Ethiopian birr), from the Government of Brazil to assist refugees living in various camps in Ethiopia.
Responding to Emergencies
23 September 2013

FAO And WFP Appeal For Immediate Support For Northern Mali

BAMAKO - An Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted jointly by the Government of Mali, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and 15 other partners shows that three  out of four households living in northern regions of the country are food insecure and heavily reliant on food assistance.

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20 September 2013

WFP Executive Director Travels To New York Ahead Of The UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin is travelling to New York on Sunday, 22 September, ahead of the 68th UN General Assembly, starting next week.

Hunger in the news
20 September 2013

WFP Scaling Up Operations In Central African Republic To Assist People In Need And Displaced By Conflict

BANGUI – At the end of a two-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for West Africa, Denise Brown,  says that the organization is committed to scaling up  food assistance to people displaced by conflict  in CAR.

17 September 2013

Animals And Low-tech Gear Give Needy Farmers A Boost In Central Mozambique

MAPUTO – Farm animals and low-tech equipment – including ox carts, animal-drawn ploughs and bicycles – are to be delivered to smallholder farmers in Manica and Tete Provinces by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The purchase of the machinery has been made possible by a donation of some US$54,000 from USAID.

17 September 2013

Strategic Grain Reserve Inaugurated In Kabul To Boost Emergency Response Capacity

KABUL – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation & Livestock of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today inaugurated the country’s first Strategic Grain Reserve (SGR).
Cash and Vouchers
17 September 2013

Syrian Refugees Begin Using WFP Vouchers To Buy Food At Zaatari Camp

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan has completed its first distribution of food vouchers to all Syrian refugees living in Zaatari camp, now home to more than 100,000 people, allowing refugees for the first time to buy the food of their choice from designated shops inside the camp.

Cash and Vouchers
16 September 2013

WFP And Canada Launch Cash Transfers Pilot For School Meals Programmes In Kenya

Nairobi - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in conjunction with the Government of Kenya and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), today officially launched a cash transfer pilot for school meals in Kenya’s arid regions – the first time this initiative has been taken in Kenya.

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2013

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator And World Food Programme Executive Director Call For More Support For Yemen

SANA’A, YEMEN – The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a four-day visit to Yemen by calling for increased support, especially from the Gulf region, for humanitarian relief efforts in the country.

12 September 2013

Japan Helps Support Hunger Relief In Zimbabwe

HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of more than US$4.2 million to boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe.

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