News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

ED - E.Cousin
29 May 2012

WFP Executive Director Thanks Japan For Ongoing Commitment To Ending Hunger

TOKYO – On her first trip to Japan as the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin this week welcomed the continued commitment by Japan – including the Japanese government, business, non-governmental organizations and citizens – to the fight against hunger.

Hunger in the news
29 May 2012

WFP Hosts A Hangout From The Frontlines Of The Sahel Hunger Crisis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will host a Google “Hangout” from the frontlines of the hunger crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa on Wednesday 30 May at 15.00 NYC / 20.00 London.

Hunger in the news
28 May 2012

US Government Scales Up Support For WFP Disaster Preparedness In the Philippines

Manila – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a US$3.75 million (approximately PhP 160 million) grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which will be used to expand WFP’s disaster preparedness and response programme in the Philippines.

Hunger in the news
26 May 2012

WFP And SADC In Historic Alliance To Fight Hunger In Southern Africa

GABORONE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed a landmark agreement yesterday to work together to improve food and nutrition security in southern Africa. While most of SADC’s 15 member countries are experiencing significant economic growth, the region is suffering high levels of child under-nutrition, a devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic, and deep vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity that is compounded by climactic and market shocks.

ED - E.Cousin
25 May 2012

WFP Executive Director Travels To Japan And Australia

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, travels this week to two of the agency’s leading donors and supporters.

Hunger in the news
24 May 2012

United States Donates US$5 Million In Rice And Oil To WFP Mauritania For Assistance To Malian Refugees

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a donation of 3 270 metric tons of rice and 60 metric tons of vegetable oil, worth almost US$5 million, from the United State’s Office of Food for Peace to feed Malians seeking refuge in Mauritania.

Hunger in the news
22 May 2012

WFP And UNHCR Warn Of Rapidly Worsening Refugee Crisis In Hunger-Stricken Sahel

ROME/GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a regional emergency operation alongside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in response to the specific food needs of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled conflict in Mali and crossed the border into neighbouring countries.

Hunger in the news
21 May 2012

U.S. Government Donates US $30 Million To WFP's Emergency Operation In South Sudan

Juba – The United States Government has announced a cash donation of US$30 million toward the emergency relief operation of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist conflict-affected and food-insecure people in South Sudan. The contribution will be delivered through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

18 May 2012

UN Rome-Based Agencies Welcome G8 Commitment To Keep Food Security High On Global Agenda

By José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger in the news
17 May 2012

WFP Launches Distribution Of Cash Vouchers, Restocks Cereal Banks To Build Resilience

DAKAR – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a distribution of cash vouchers in the town of Bignona, in the Ziguinchor region, tomorrow, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.


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