News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
7 March 2012

WFP And USA Explore New Ways Of Fighting Malnutrition In Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United States Embassy in Vientiane have jointly visited Luangnamtha province to see innovative programmes that reflect their on-going commitment to helping the Lao PDR Government in its efforts to combat malnutrition.

Hunger in the news
5 March 2012

WFP Live Event Highlights Molly's World And Power Of School Meals For Growing Girls

ROME – A 13-year-old Kenyan girl and her classmates will join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) live via video technology tomorrow, opening a rare window on life in one of the poorest districts of Nairobi.

Hunger in the news
5 March 2012

Gaza Biscuits To Feed West Bank School Children

KEREM SHALOM - Pallets of fortified date bars have left Gaza today, crossing Kerem Shalom to be transferred to the West Bank by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This is the first batch of a total of 140 tons of locally-produced date bars (or 19 truckloads) that will be used in WFP's school feeding distributions in the West Bank.

Hunger in the news
28 February 2012

Contribution Of US$114 Million From Japan Helps WFP Fight Hunger In 21 Countries

YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two countries.

Hunger in the news
24 February 2012

Cash Scholarships Help Vulnerable School Children In Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – Close to 5,000 poor families are receiving cash scholarships this school year in Cambodia under a pilot scholarship programme launched by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and the UN World Food Programme.

23 February 2012

The World Food Programme And Feeding America Partner With The Hunger Games

LOS ANGELES – One month before the release of the much-anticipated film The Hunger Games, the cast and producers are teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in the United States and around the world, with the launch of a video public service announcement and a new website

Hunger in the news
22 February 2012

Feeding The Future Nutrition Education Spreads Best Practice Throughout LAO PDR

The fight against malnutrition in Lao PDR has taken a significant step forward with the roll out of a new nutrition training course to boost the number of professionals equipped with key knowledge and skills, and enable them to pass these on to their peers.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2012

Brazil to fund food purchasing in five African countries: Agreement signed with FAO and WFP

The Government is Brazil is providing $2 375 000 for a new local food purchase programme to be set up by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) to benefit farmers and vulnerable populations in five African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

Urgent Response Needed To Prevent A Worsening Of Hunger In The Sahel

Leaders from United Nations agencies and representatives of affected governments and major donors today called for an urgent scale-up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to respond to rising levels of hunger in the Sahel region, caused by the combined effects of drought, high food prices, displacement and conflict.

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.


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