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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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14 June 2016

World Food Programme to Double Assistance in Conflict-torn Diffa Region

Niamey – Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s Diffa region and with needs on the rise, WFP plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region.

13 June 2016

Pope Francis Urges Increased Commitment To The Fight For Zero Hunger

ROME – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.

13 June 2016

Government Of Nepal To Take Over Crucial Food Security Monitoring System

KATHMANDU – The European Union (EU) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have today handed over a crucial food security monitoring system to the Government of Nepal.
13 June 2016

New Contribution From USAID To Boost WFP Food Assistance And Humanitarian Air Transport

Kabul – In the first half of 2016, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed US$19 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan to support both the WFP-led United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), and WFP food assistance to vulnerable people.
10 June 2016

WFP Food Reaches Families In The Besieged Town Of Darayya

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.

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9 June 2016

Ground-Breaking School Feeding Analysis Launched

WASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, was released today by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank (WB).

9 June 2016

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger Calls For Sustained Efforts To Break Cycle Of Hunger In Malawi

LILONGWE - Leading Japanese model and UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Kurara Chibana, has said she was impressed to see communities affected by last year’s floods and more recently by drought working hard to recover their livelihoods in Malawi.
8 June 2016

Vulnerable People In Mauritania At Risk Of Missing Out On Life-Saving Support

 NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent financial support, it will be forced to suspend its vital food and nutrition assistance as of September to 415,000 vulnerable Mauritanians who are already struggling to have enough food to eat to lead a healthy life as the lean season sets in.

7 June 2016

“We Came with Nothing, We Have Nothing”: Thousands flee Fallujah as Fighting Intensifies

Joint Press Statement: UNICEF, WFP, IOM & WHO

BAGHDAD – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

6 June 2016

WFP Begins Food Deliveries To Communities Suffering El Niño Drought And Frost In Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with CARE International and provincial authorities, begins food distributions today in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea, which has experienced drought and periodic frost conditions since 2015. In two of the most affected provinces —Enga and Hela — 25,400 households will receive the first 70 kg ration of fortified rice lasting six weeks. WFP plans to reach 180,000 people in urgent need of food assistance in the country.

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