News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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15 May 2012

WFP Food Vouchers Helping Hungry Families And Local Markets In Somalia

NAIROBI – Thousands of people in Somaliland are getting more fresh meat in their diet as a result of an innovative UN World Food Programme initiative that provides parents with vouchers to help them afford nutritious food from local traders.

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11 May 2012

WFP Executive Director To Participate In May 18 Symposium Advancing Food Security At The G8 Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in the United States from 17 to 22 May to participate in several high-level food security and nutrition events on the margins of the upcoming G8 summit at Camp David.

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7 May 2012

Statement On Humanitarian Crisis In Niger By Executive Director Of WFP Ertharin Cousin And UN High Commissioner For Refugees Antonio Guterres

Today, we are completing a four-day visit to Niger, which is experiencing a deepening humanitarian crisis. In the Ouallam and Maradi regions, we saw fathers and mothers struggling to feed their families in villages where hunger has already taken hold in advance of the traditional hunger season.

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7 May 2012

WFP And Mobile Marketing Firm BigTime Team Up Against Hunger Through Sms Fundraising

DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) selects international mobile marketing firm BigTime to implement interactive SMS-based fundraising campaigns, with a primary focus on the Middle East, Africa and Europe.


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