News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
23 September 2014

WFP Food Assistance Reaches Over 1 Million Displaced People Across Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided urgently needed food assistance to more than 1 million people across Iraq who were displaced since conflict erupted in mid-June, despite a challenging security situation and the continuous movement of people.

Climate Change
23 September 2014

Innovative Climate-Risk Solution Expands To Insure Farmers In Malawi And Zambia

NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).

22 September 2014

The EU And WFP Launch A Project To Fight Child Labour Through Education In Egypt

BRUSSELS/CAIRO – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today  launched a €60 million project to combat child labour and improve access to education for children who are at risk of entering the labour market.

22 September 2014

School Meals In The Lead As WFP Participates In The Eighth Kathmandu Marathon

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has participated in the eighth annual Kathmandu Marathon to highlight the importance of school meals programmes in fighting hunger. WFP has been supporting the school meals programme of the Government of Nepal since 1996.

ED - E.Cousin
19 September 2014

WFP Executive Director Travels To New York Ahead Of The UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin will arrive in New York on Sunday, September 22, for the 69th UN General Assembly.

19 September 2014

Nepalese “Zero Hunger” Drawing Wins Prize In WFP’s Global Children’s Art Competition

KATHMANDU – Fourteen-year-old Dhan Bahadur Bohara of Bajhang district of Nepal has been named as one of the winners in a global children's design competition, organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Responding to Emergencies
18 September 2014

Int'l Financial Institutions To Provide US$21.7 M To Meet Food Needs As Ebola Crisis Deepens

ROME/WASHINGTON - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) will receive $21.7 million from two international financial institutions. This contribution will help support the increasing need for food assistance amid the worsening Ebola epidemic.

Responding to Emergencies
18 September 2014

Funding Shortfall Forces WFP To Announce Cutbacks To Syrian Food Assistance Operation

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance. In Syria, the size of next month’s food ration will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut.

15 September 2014

Regional Experts Meet In Bangkok To Discuss Scale-Up Of Rice Fortification In Asia

BANGKOK – Adding essential vitamins and minerals to rice is a cost-effective way to address micronutrient deficiencies in many Asian countries and an international conference bringing together nearly 200 experts, including delegations from nine countries across the region, aims to determine concrete action to scale up rice fortification.

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2014

WFP Launches Emergency Operation To Feed People Affected By Violence In East Ukraine

KIEV – In its first operation in Ukraine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rolling out food assistance for vulnerable people affected by the conflict, distributing food in transit centres and public shelters in Donetsk and Luhansk in East Ukraine.


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