Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.