News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
12 September 2013

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator And World Food Programme Executive Director Call For More Support For Yemen

SANA’A, YEMEN – The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ms. Valerie Amos, and the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ms. Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a four-day visit to Yemen by calling for increased support, especially from the Gulf region, for humanitarian relief efforts in the country.

12 September 2013

Japan Helps Support Hunger Relief In Zimbabwe

HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of more than US$4.2 million to boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest families in Zimbabwe.
11 September 2013

Government Of Bangladesh And WFP Join Forces To Beat Undernutrition

DHAKA – The Bangladeshi Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have today entered into a new partnership to address persistently high rates of maternal and child undernutrition in Bangladesh.
Food Security Analysis
5 September 2013

WFP Assists Djibouti To Strengthen Resilience As Food Security Improves

Djibouti – As food security starts to improve in the Republic of Djibouti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is intensifying its work to strengthen the country’s defenses against recurrent drought while still providing critical assistance to meet urgent food and nutritional needs.

Responding to Emergencies
3 September 2013

WFP Appeals For More Access To People In Need Inside Syria As Refugees Hit The Two Million Mark

AMMAN – As the number of Syrian refugees reaches the two million mark, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today for humanitarian access inside Syria to avoid a situation in which hunger becomes an additional factor pushing more people to flee the country. In August, the UN food agency was only able to dispatch food for 2.4 million people -- short of its goal of feeding three million people a month -- as a result of the deteriorating security situation.

3 September 2013

Hunger Looms As Zimbabwe Faces Highest Levels Of Food Insecurity In Years

HARARE –Hunger is on the rise in Zimbabwe with an estimated 2.2 million people - one in four of the rural population - expected to need food assistance during the pre-harvest period early next year. This is the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.
Responding to Emergencies
30 August 2013

UNHCR AND WFP Chiefs Wrap Up Iraq Visit, Praise Open Border Policy For Syrian Refugees In Kurdistan Region

ERBIL, IRAQ –  As the exodus continues of Syrians into the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the leaders of the UN refugee agency and the World Food Programme paid tribute to the government here for giving refuge to almost 200,000 people, including some 47,000 arriving in the last two weeks. Despite the strain of accommodating such a large number, the regional authorities have opened their border and offered land to accommodate refugees in camps.

Responding to Emergencies
27 August 2013

UNHCR And WFP Chiefs Visit Iraq, Express Gratitude For Hosting Thousands Of Syrian Refugees

(The following news release was issued jointly by WFP and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

27 August 2013

International Organizations Announce Improved Coordination for Disaster Risk Reduction in Vulnerable Communities

MANILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the two international non-government organizations Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Plan International (Plan) today unveiled plans to link their programmes for improved diasaster risk reduction capacity in typhoon-affected provinces in the Philippines.

Responding to Emergencies
27 August 2013

Humanitarian Airlift Carrying Relief Items For Syrian Refugees Fleeing To Iraq Arrives In Erbil

ERBIL, IRAQ – A chartered flight has arrived in Erbil carrying urgent relief items for the World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of Syrian refugees fleeing violence in Syria and crossing into northern Iraq.


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