News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
6 September 2011

WFP Executive Director Visits The Netherlands

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will visit the Netherlands on 7 September for meetings with government ministers, parliamentarians and private sector partners to discuss further collaboration in the fight against global hunger.

6 September 2011

Towards A Safer World Hosts Working Conference To Define Actions Needed To Strengthen Global Preparedness For Major Disasters

WHAT: To raise awareness and foster a dialogue around the key elements that can advance all disaster preparedness activities through the coordinated, multi-sectoral, ‘’whole-of-society’’ approach used by pandemic planning during the past five years, Towards a Safer World will host a two day global working conference on pandemic preparedness and practical approaches to advance disaster preparedness. 

Contributions to WFP
6 September 2011

Japan Donates US$ 10 Million To Help WFP Feed Vulnerable People

DHAKA – A generous cash donation of US$ 10 million (Tk. 75 Crore) from the Government of Japan will allow WFP to provide food assistance to poor and vulnerable communities which are vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

2 September 2011

Russian Wheat Shipment Will Feed Thousands In Drought-Hit Kenya

MOMBASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the arrival in Mombasa of a US$ 1 million shipment of wheat flour from the Russian Federation to support thousands of drought-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

Contributions to WFP
1 September 2011

Japan Donates JPY 2.3 Billion To Help Boost Nutrition In Six Countries

YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed this week a donation package of some JPY 2.3 billion from the Government of Japan. The contribution will provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable people in six different countries.

Contributions to WFP
31 August 2011

WFP Welcomes Generous Donation From France For Its Operations In The Horn Of Africa

PARIS – A ship chartered by France, transporting 381 metric tons of food for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the Horn of Africa, is scheduled to depart tomorrow from the port of Toulon, France for Djibouti, which it should reach in around 12 days.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme On Humanitarian Operations Providing Food Assistance In Somalia

The delivery of food assistance to millions of hungry people in Somalia presents one of the most complex and dangerous challenges that humanitarian agencies face anywhere in the world.  All the humanitarian agencies working in this environment face risks.  There are risks to the safety of their staff, risks to their property, and risks to commodities being moved into the country– whether they are food, medicines, equipment or shelter material.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

WFP Responds To Urgent Humanitarian Needs In Tripoli And Western Areas Of Libya

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing logistical support for the humanitarian relief effort in Libya, sending food and other urgent supplies including water, medicine and fuel to Tripoli. WFP is also scaling up food assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced people in Tripoli, the coastal areas and the Nafusa Mountain Region.

Hunger in the news
24 August 2011

WFP To Halve Food Rations For Congolese Refugees Due To Funding Shortage

KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that due to a shortage of funds, the WFP operation in Rwanda will need to reduce food rations for 54,000 Congolese refugees by half from 1 September.

Contributions to WFP
23 August 2011

Saudi Arabia Donates US$50 Million To Help Save The Lives Of Somali Children

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of US$50 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduallah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that will be used to feed more than half a million Somalia children suffering from malnutrition.


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