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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

Urgent Call For United Action In The Sahel Region Of West Africa

Joint statement by United Nations agencies, the European Commission and USAID on the deteriorating situation in the Sahel.

Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

The European Commission Makes A €30 Million Contribution To World Food Programme's Response In The Sahel Region

The European Commission and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  will scale up joint efforts to fight hunger among the most vulnerable in the Sahel – especially women and children – with €30 million in humanitarian assistance.

Hunger in the news
13 February 2012

WFP To Host Joint Meeting Of Humanitarian Agencies On The Deteriorating Situation In The Sahel Region Of West Africa

The UN World Food Programme is hosting a meeting of heads of humanitarian agencies and donor governments on Wednesday 15 February to address the urgent need for a scaling up of  humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, where drought and food shortages are causing hunger and threatening lives

Responding to Emergencies
8 February 2012

High Levels Of Food Insecurity In South Sudan

FAO-WFP report says poor harvests, price hikes, conflict and displacement worsen hunger

Contributions to WFP
8 February 2012

WFP Receives Generous Donation From Pizza Hut & Taco Bell For Sendong Survivors And Programmes In Mindanao

Through the Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief campaign, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in the Philippines have contributed Php 6.1 million (US$144,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for its activities in Mindanao. The donation will support the on-going relief and early recovery operation for victims of Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) and school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of central Mindanao.

Cash and Vouchers
7 February 2012

WFP Rolls Out Voucher Assistance In Benghazi To Support Families And Local Business

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a food voucher scheme to help address food security among the most vulnerable households in Benghazi and boost the local economy and small businesses.

Contributions to WFP
7 February 2012

Bangladesh: United Kingdom Answers Call For Support To Flood Victims in Satkhira

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed US$ 679,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), enabling much-needed support to 30,000 vulnerable families most affected by the recent floods and water-logging in Satkhira district. 

Hunger in the news
7 February 2012

Emergency Simulation Boosts Philippine Disaster Preparedness And Response

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has hosted a large-scale simulation exercise, using the latest technology for recreating realistic scenarios, as part of its support for improving disaster preparedness and response in the Philippines.

Hunger in the news
1 February 2012

WFP Launches World Freerice Week To Fight Hunger Through The Power Of Social Media

The theory of “Six Degrees of Separation” says that every person in the world is connected to every other person in the world through, at most, six other people. Through its online hunger-fighting game Freerice.com, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is encouraging Freerice players to use these connections to bring food to the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Hunger in the news
1 February 2012

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Welcomes Sentencing Action For Murder Of WFP Staff Member In Kenya

All of us at the World Food Programme welcome the decision by the Nakuru High Court in Kenya this week to sentence five men to 56 years in prison each for the 2008 murder of our WFP colleague Silence Chirara.

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