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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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6 December 2013

WFP Staff Worldwide Join South Africa In Mourning Passing Of President Nelson Mandela

ROME – Today, people in South Africa and around the world are mourning the loss of an inspirational leader, President Nelson Mandela, a champion against injustice and a true ally in the fight against hunger.

3 December 2013

Nutrition Education Is Key - WFP and IFPRI Reveal First Evidence On Most Effective Safety Net Transfers

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) today presented the first findings of a joint research initiative that explores which types of social safety net transfers work best for the rural ultra-poor. The research initiative is supported and guided by the Government of Bangladesh, and funded by Germany, the United Nations Development Programme, the United States and Switzerland.

3 December 2013

U.S. Contribution Helps WFP Feed Newly Displaced & Other Vulnerable People In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Emergency Food Security Programme, today confirmed its contribution of US$9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan.
WFP Ambassadors
3 December 2013

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry Visits Syrian Refugees In Beirut

BEIRUT – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry has visited Syrian refugees in Beirut as part of her efforts to draw attention to the plight of more than two million Syrians who fled violence to neighbouring countries

3 December 2013

WFP Forced To Reduce Food Assistance In Democratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – Due to serious resource constraints, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will have to reduce or interrupt some of its activities as from this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving thousands of people with no food assistance.

3 December 2013

U.S. Ambassador Leads Distribution Of food For Hungry Families In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – To help combat food insecurity in the Arta region of Djibouti, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi led a food distribution to 200 vulnerable families today. Those families received vital food rations that were contributed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of a substantial donation of food for 2013, and distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger in the news
29 November 2013

On World AIDS Day, WFP's Food And Nutrition Support Keeps People Living With HIV Healthy

From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

ROME – Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV healthy and improve the effectiveness of their treatment. On World AIDS Day (1 December) this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to play a role in the tremendous progress made in the battle against HIV/AIDS in recent years.

RBA
28 November 2013

Harvests In DPR Korea Up 5 Percent For Third Year But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

ROME/PYONGYANG – A nationwide assessment by two United Nations agencies shows an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the third year running.

Responding to Emergencies
26 November 2013

By Air, Land And Sea, Food Assistance Reaches Outlying Areas Hit By Typhoon Haiyan

TACLOBAN, Philippines – As assessments of the devastation wreaked by Super-Typhoon Haiyan highlight the immediate need to provide food assistance to all affected communities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extending its reach with airlifts, ferry services and trucks.

Cash and Vouchers
25 November 2013

WFP Iraq Uses Smart Cards To Provide Immediate Cash Assistance

BAGHDAD – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun to use smart cards to deliver cash assistance in Iraq to participants in its cash-for-assets projects in Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewah.

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