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Journalists
6 August 2014

WFP Head Visits India To Address Asia Pacific Consultation On Family Farming

CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.

5 August 2014

WFP Food Reaches More People In Syria In July

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has made significant progress over the last few weeks in reaching more people affected by the violence in Syria – many of them in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas -- due to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries.

1 August 2014

WFP Steps Up Emergency Food Assistance In Gaza As Situation Deteriorates

GAZA – Four weeks into the conflict in Gaza, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to increased needs by stepping up provision of emergency food and other assistance.

Responding to Emergencies
31 July 2014

United States Government Bolsters Aid To Hungry Syrians With A US$185 Million Contribution To WFP

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$185 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed the hungry in the fourth year of Syria’s protracted humanitarian crisis.

29 July 2014

UN World Food Programme Mourns The Loss Of Respected Colleague Ayman Omar

DAMASCUS -- It is with great sadness that the staff of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria and beyond mark the death of their colleague Ayman Omar, Head of Security for WFP’s operation in Syria and the region.

29 July 2014

WFP Renews Commitment To Combat Micronutrient Deficiencies In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) has extended its agreement with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), an NGO dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in order to continue its food fortification programme and to advocate for the need to address micronutrient-related malnutrition among the people of Pakistan.
Journalists
25 July 2014

Children In South Sudan Cannot Wait For Famine Before World Acts

JUBA, 26 July 2014: The heads of UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country.

24 July 2014

EU Provides Life-Saving Support To Internally Displaced In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its gratitude to the European Union (EU) for its latest donation of €6 million (US$8 million), which will be used to provide food assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees, as well as supporting WFP’s efforts to combat malnutrition.

24 July 2014

Kuwait Contribution To WFP Brings Food To Iraqis Displaced By Violence

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the government of Kuwait to help bring desperately-needed food to thousands of Iraqi families displaced from their homes due to the conflict that started in Mosul in June.

Responding to Emergencies
23 July 2014

WFP Reaches Out To Conflict-Affected People In Gaza

GAZA – Two weeks of escalated violence have left more than 115,000 people in the Gaza Strip in urgent need of food assistance. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has already reached over 100,000 with emergency food rations since the crisis started but is running low on ready-to-eat food stocks as needs continue to increase.

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