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Nutrition
11 August 2010

WFP Emergency Operation Enters New Phase In Drought-Stricken Niger

NIAMEY – The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a major round of feeding in Niger for 670,000 young children and their families as part of an emergency operation to reach as many as 8 million food-insecure people in the drought-stricken West African country.

Food Security Analysis
10 August 2010

Zimbabwe Food Security Improves, But 1.68 Million People Still Need Food Assistance

ROME – Although food security in Zimbabwe improved significantly following government efforts and a US$70 million international assistance programme providing farmers with subsidized inputs, the country still needs agricultural and food assistance next year for some 1.68 million people.

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2010

WFP Launches Helicopter Relief Operation to Feed More Pakistan Flood Victims

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today launched a major airlift, using helicopters to boost its ongoing relief operation and bring desperately needed food to people cut off by the devastating floods in northern Pakistan.

Responding to Emergencies
3 August 2010

WFP News Update: Pakistan/Afghanistan Floods

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up emergency relief to victims of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan, prioritizing the worst-affected areas of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, as it continues to identify stricken communities across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

Responding to Emergencies
1 August 2010

WFP Begins First Food Distributions To Pakistan Flood Victims; Food Supplies Hit

ISLAMABAD – The World Food Programme has today started food distributions to 35,000 families hit by catastrophic flooding in Northwestern Pakistan, which has also affected parts of neighbouring Afghanistan.

Purchase for Progress
29 July 2010

WFP Executive Director sees revolution in fighting hunger by Africa helping itself

KIGALI – People in many African countries can recover from conflict faster and even have their lives transformed through a revolution in the fight against hunger including greater opportunities to harness the power of markets, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Focus on Women
27 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at African Union Summit in Kampala

Many leaders at the African Union summit in Uganda are leading the way in bringing new energy and commitment to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And the African Union has declared its intent to build an Africa that ends hunger and empowers the continent to both feed itself, and ultimately to help feed the world.

Purchase for Progress
23 July 2010

Food, Shelter and Protection Promise Stable Future for Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Goma– The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), António Guterres, said they hoped more people displaced by years of conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo will soon find the security they need to return to their homes and re-start farming their land. 

Responding to Emergencies
20 July 2010

Niger Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - Millions of people are facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests, and high food prices.  A dramatic deterioration of the nutrition situation has led to the World Food Programme (WFP) significantly expandings its programme with a sharp focus on the needs of malnourished children. 

Purchase for Progress
20 July 2010

Visit by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, to Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda

Rome – Josette Sheeran, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will begin a fact-finding visit this week to four African nations where the agency is undertaking the full spectrum of its humanitarian work ranging from emergency food assistance in Niger to distribution of cash and vouchers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and support for small farmers in its Purchase for Progress initiative in Uganda.

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