News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 September 2016

WFP Distributes Food To Families In Northern Iraqi Town Besieged For Over Two Years

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed desperately needed food for more than 30,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Qayyarah, 60 kilometres south of Mosul. The town was under siege and inaccessible for over two years. 

5 September 2016

Pope Francis Urges FAO, WFP Leaders To Keep Up Fight Against Hunger

Pontiff cites Saint Teresa of Calcutta as inspiration for all

ROME - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her life to assisting the poorest of the poor, stands as an inspiration to all to work together to eradicate hunger and poverty worldwide, Pope Francis told FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a short meeting yesterday.

School Meals
2 September 2016

25 African Governments To Attend Global Child Nutrition Forum To Strengthen School Meals

BRASILIA Representatives from more than 40 countries will meet in Yerevan, Armenia, from 5 to 9 September to discuss how to design and implement powerful and durable national school meals programmes. They will attend the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), the largest school meals conference in the world. This year, the Forum will host delegates from the governments of 25 African countries, among them 10 ministers of state.

ED - E.Cousin
2 September 2016

WFP Head Confirms Commitment To Food Security For All Afghans

KABUL – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a four-day visit to Kabul today, declaring the organization’s commitment to continue working for the food and nutrition security of all Afghans. 

School Meals
30 August 2016

School Meals At Risk For 1.3 Million Children In West And Central Africa

DAKAR – As schools resume this autumn, more than 1.3 million children across West and Central Africa risk missing out on school meals from the World Food Programme (WFP), as widening financial constraints force the United Nations agency – the top sponsor of such initiatives – to reduce its reach.

29 August 2016

IFAD And WFP Team Up To Promote Food Security In Sudan

Joint WFP-IFAD Press Release

KHARTOUM - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote food security through improvement of agricultural production among smallholder farmers in Sudan. 

25 August 2016

Study Highlights Nutritional Gaps in Guatemala

Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of life is crucial. This period, also known as the “Window of Opportunity”, is critical to prevent chronic malnutrition and its consequences. This study analyzes the dietary patterns of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children under two years in order to recognize the nutrient “gaps”, take action to “close them” and support the government to reduce chronic malnutrition, which affects 46.5% of the children in Guatemala.

23 August 2016

Number Of People In Need Of Food Assistance Grows In North-Eastern Nigeria

DAKAR/ABUJA – The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million, nearly twice as many as in March, according to a mid-August analysis (Cadre Harmonisé) by various agencies including the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

ED - E.Cousin
19 August 2016

On World Humanitarian Day, WFP Chief Demands Urgent Action To End World Hunger

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

ROME - Today 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a day when the world commemorates those who risk their lives to bring humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in need.

17 August 2016

WFP Country Representative Presents Credentials To Government Of Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM - Michael Dunford, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) newly arrived Country Representative for Tanzania, has officially presented his credentials to the Government of Tanzania at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Receiving the credentials was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Dr. Augustine Mahiga.


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