News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
8 March 2011

WFP Steps Up Response To Somalia Drought With New Food Distributions In Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners this week began an emergency distribution of food to an additional 50,000 people in Mogadishu in response to the drought gripping much of the country.

8 March 2011

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Hails Women As The Secret Weapon In The Fight Against Hunger

Today in France, where I am marking the 100th International Women’s Day, I am reminded of all the great women who have changed the world. I have always admired Joan of Arc who was born in my grandmother’s village of Domrémy.  Alongside Graça Machel, Mother Teresa, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rosa Parks and many others, Joan of Arc is a symbol of strength to the millions of women around the world who are engaged in the daily fight to feed, protect and, ultimately, provide a better life for their children.

3 March 2011

WFP Calls For Safe Humanitarian Access To Libya As Ship Carrying Food Aid Turns Back Amid Security Concerns

ROME – A ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) carrying more than 1000 metric tons of wheat flour, at the request of the Red Crescent in eastern Libya, to the Libyan port of Benghazi, has returned to port in Malta today without unloading its cargo due to security concerns. 

Responding to Emergencies
2 March 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran from the Libyan border

On the border of Libya and Tunisia, yesterday, I was surrounded by tens of thousands of people fleeing violence. It is clear the world must increase humanitarian action to prevent a disaster inside Libya. We call for safe humanitarian access, especially to western Libya. Cutting off food supplies must not be used as a weapon.

ED - J.Sheeran
2 March 2011

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Briefs Pope Benedict XVI On Libya Crisis In Private Audience At Vatican

Rome/ Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI today received in private audience, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  She briefed His Holiness immediately upon her return from the border of Libya and Tunisia where she witnessed the emerging humanitarian crisis as tens of thousands are fleeing violence.  She was there to launch an emergency response to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable and to help nations in political transition to strengthen their food safety nets.

28 February 2011

WFP Executive Director To Visit Libya Border Amidst Growing Concern About Escalating Humanitarian Needs

ROME –The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will today travel to Tunisia for meetings with government officials to discuss humanitarian needs arising from the ongoing civil unrest in neighbouring Libya and the regional impact on the vulnerable, especially women and children.

Contributions to WFP
21 February 2011

Haute Couture Meets Humanity - Bunmi Koko Helps WFP Fill The Cup

LONDON - The highly successful new London-based fashion brand, Bunmi Koko, is today launching one of this season’s must-have accessories in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger in the news
16 February 2011

WFP Welcomes ECHO Support To Assist Flood-Affected Communities

COLOMBO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a 700,000 Euros, (approximately U$ 1 million) donation from the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to provide urgent food supplies to communities affected by recent monsoon floods.

Hunger in the news
16 February 2011

Egyptian Private Sector Join Hands With WFP To Provide Assistance to Vulnerable Egyptians

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) met yesterday with representatives from the Egyptian private sector who pledged to continue to support WFP in providing food assistance to the most vulnerable Egyptian families affected by the economic slowdown following the last few weeks political crisis.

11 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Record Purchases From Developing Nations

The World Food Programme (WFP) procured $ 1.25 billion in food commodities last year, including the purchase of more food than ever before from developing nations. This food came from 96 nations, including Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Guatemala, and helped people affected by the epic flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake in Haiti, and the drought in the Sahel region of Africa.


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