Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
Rome - The international community rallied today to the aid of drought- and famine-affected populations in the Horn of Africa with an immediate, twin-track programme designed to avert an imminent humanitarian catastrophe and build long-term food security in the region.
There is a life and death situation here in Somalia. WFP will start airlifts within days into Mogadishu to get vital supplies of special nutritious foods for the malnourished children who so desperately need it.
Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is today (21 July) travelling to Somalia to view WFP’s ongoing operations to feed vulnerable and hungry people affected by severe drought and conflict. Sheeran will return to Nairobi, Kenya this evening.
CAIRO – A four-day UN joint mission to Misrata has found that while food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) and other humanitarian actors has led to an improvement in the food situation in the port city, rising food prices and the lack of money for people to buy food mean the situation remains a concern.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said 11.3 million people are in need of food assistance due to drought in the Horn of Africa, and declared a corporate emergency, elevating the crisis to the highest level of action, and indicating grave concern about the possibility of widespread loss of life.
DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme is leading a crisis simulation that will aim to build the capacity of national governments and humanitarian actors to respond to the consequences of a severe influenza pandemic. The Pandemic Readiness and Response Exercise (P2RX) will be held in Dakar from 18 to 22 July. The first P2RX took place in Mombasa, Kenya in 2010, and the next exercise will take place in southern Africa in 2012.
Drought and conflict are threatening lives in southern Somalia and forcing refugees to stream across the border into Ethiopia and Kenya.
The drought afflicting the Horn of Africa region has left millions at the mercy of hunger, threatening the livelihoods of farmers and pastoralists, and putting the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk. Protecting the brains and bodies of young children, and pregnant and lactating women through special nutritional food is our top priority.
WFP Spokesman, David Orr, on his return from Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya this week: “I met Somali women and children who had walked for weeks to reach the safety of refugee camps in Kenya.
From mega-emergencies, such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan, to headline-grabbing humanitarian crises, such as the conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire or Libya, the international community has stepped up to help those impacted by disaster and tragedy over the last few years.