News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

1 December 2016

Ireland Helps Maintain Critical Support To Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – Ireland today provided the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with a contribution of EUR 500,000 to support refugees hosted in Tanzania. With these funds, Ireland is helping WFP maintain its assistance operations for a quarter of a million refugees. The refugees, primarily from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are hosted by the Government of Tanzania at three camps in Kigoma Region in the west of Tanzania.
1 December 2016

WFP Executive Director Concludes Official Visit To Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a three-day visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic, reiterating WFP’s commitment to helping the country achieve Middle Income Country (MIC) status by supporting food and nutrition security for all.

29 November 2016

Collaboration Saving Children’s Lives In Northeast Nigeria And Protecting Them In The Future

Abuja – Over a hundred thousand families in conflict-hit northeast Nigeria have been reached so-far with food and nutrition support in a US$20 million (£16.1m) multi-year joint project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

28 November 2016

WFP Executive Director To Visit Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ms Ertharin Cousin, is to make an official visit to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 28-30 November.

25 November 2016

The World Must Not Forget Chad’s Refugees, UN Agencies Warn

N’DJAMENA – Refugees who have been finding shelter in Chad for the past ten years or more continue to require food assistance and their food security situation remains precarious, a joint assessment by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) has found.

Responding to Emergencies
25 November 2016

Saudi Arabia Supports WFP To Address Malnutrition In Hodeidah, Yemen

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the King Salman for Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to help WFP fight the rising levels of malnutrition in Hodeidah Governorate in Yemen.

24 November 2016

UNHCR, WFP, IOM And Government Of Mauritania Welcome Japanese Ambassador On His First Visit To Mbera Camp And Surroundings

NOUAKCHOTT - The Ambassador of Japan to Mauritania, H.E. Hisatsugu Shimizu, visited Mbera camp from 21 to 23 November to have a first-hand account of Japan-funded interventions carried out by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist Malian refugees in Mauritania. The Ambassador also attended the inauguration of a Mali-Mauritania border post – a Japanese-funded project, built by the International Organisation for Migration and aimed at strengthening security in the area.

24 November 2016

WFP Follows Frontlines Providing Food To Families Affected By Mosul Offensive

ERBIL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) continues to follow frontlines in Mosul by delivering life-saving food assistance to families in camps and newly retaken areas.

23 November 2016

WFP Signs Landmark Agreement To Research Nutrition In Social Protection

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan today signed a landmark, three-year agreement to research and identify the most cost-effective strategies to improve the nutrition status of children between 6 and 23 months of age who are covered through social protection systems. The agreement was signed by WFP, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and the Primary and Secondary Health Department in Punjab.

Responding to Emergencies
23 November 2016

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator In Jordan Announces The Resumption Of Life-Saving Humanitarian Assistance At The Jordanian-Syrian Borders

(Amman, 22 November 2016) – On Tuesday 22 November 2016, The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Jordan announced the resumption of life-saving humanitarian assistance to an estimated 85,000 stranded Syrian at the Jordanian-Syrian borders, in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP).


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