News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
7 November 2012

WFP To Assist Half A Million People In Santiago De Cuba In The Aftermath Of Hurricane Sandy

Havana – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that will provide immediate assistance to people affected by Hurricane Sandy in Cuba.

5 November 2012

Vodafone Renews Its Commitment To WFP's School Meals Programme In Upper Egypt

CAIRO – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) signed a second partnership agreement with Vodafone Egypt Foundation to support thousands of people through WFP’s school meals programme in the Upper Egypt.

Hunger in the news
5 November 2012

WFP Executive Director To Visit Syrian Refugees In Lebanon And Jordan

ROME/CAIRO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Lebanon and Jordan from 6-9 November to meet Syrian refugees and see the increasing humanitarian needs first hand.  Cousin will meet senior government officials in both countries and visit WFP food distributions in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.

Contributions to WFP
22 October 2012

EU Provides PhP312 Million To Deliver Peace Dividends For Conflict-Hit people In Mindanao

MANILA – Following the recent historic peace framework agreement, the European Union (EU) has provided  PhP312 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to boost the livelihood recovery of 50,000 families or 300,000 persons displaced by the past conflict in Mindanao.

ED - E.Cousin
21 October 2012

Statement By WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin On The Death Of Former U.S. Senator George McGovern

I and everyone at the United Nations World Food Programme today deeply mourn the loss of U.S. Senator George McGovern. He was a founding father of our organization, our first Goodwill Ambassador and a lifelong advocate for the hungry poor.
Hunger in the news
17 October 2012

World Food Day Brings Boost To Schoolchildren In Central Mindanao Thanks To Unilever And WFP

MANILA – As part of this year’s World Food Day celebrations, Unilever Philippines has again renewed its commitment to help improve the health and well-being of Filipino children by donating Php6 million to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) school feeding programme in remote and conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.

16 October 2012

On World Food Day, Government and UN Emphasise Commitment To Supporting The Most Vulnerable

The Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) honour World Food Day by reaffirming their dedication to work with communities, development agencies, and the private sector to end hunger in our lifetime. Tomorrow, a commemoration ceremony will take place at Nharira Growth Point to raise awareness and understanding of ways to fight hunger in Zimbabwe.  

16 October 2012

Agricultural Cooperatives Critical To Fight Hunger

World Food Day Observed In 150 Countries

16 October 2012, Rome - Agricultural cooperatives, already enriching millions of small-scale farmers, could expand and make an even greater contribution against poverty and hunger, if they were given the right support by governments, civil society and academia.

Hunger in the news
15 October 2012

Acholi Farmers Now Selling Food To WFP, Instead Of Receiving It

KAMPALA – In a dramatic turnaround, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced it will begin buying food grown by small-scale farmers in Acholi, a region where as recently as two years ago many people relied on WFP food assistance.

13 October 2012

WFP And Turkish Red Crescent Launch Food E-Card Assistance To Syrians In Turkey

ANKARA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched today a food Electronic Card programme in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) to assist thousands of Syrians who are under international protection in Turkey.


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