News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
24 February 2012

Cash Scholarships Help Vulnerable School Children In Cambodia

PHNOM PENH – Close to 5,000 poor families are receiving cash scholarships this school year in Cambodia under a pilot scholarship programme launched by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and the UN World Food Programme.

23 February 2012

The World Food Programme And Feeding America Partner With The Hunger Games

LOS ANGELES – One month before the release of the much-anticipated film The Hunger Games, the cast and producers are teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Feeding America to raise awareness about hunger in the United States and around the world, with the launch of a video public service announcement and a new website

Hunger in the news
22 February 2012

Feeding The Future Nutrition Education Spreads Best Practice Throughout LAO PDR

The fight against malnutrition in Lao PDR has taken a significant step forward with the roll out of a new nutrition training course to boost the number of professionals equipped with key knowledge and skills, and enable them to pass these on to their peers.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2012

Brazil to fund food purchasing in five African countries: Agreement signed with FAO and WFP

The Government is Brazil is providing $2 375 000 for a new local food purchase programme to be set up by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) to benefit farmers and vulnerable populations in five African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

Urgent Response Needed To Prevent A Worsening Of Hunger In The Sahel

Leaders from United Nations agencies and representatives of affected governments and major donors today called for an urgent scale-up of humanitarian, rehabilitation and development assistance to respond to rising levels of hunger in the Sahel region, caused by the combined effects of drought, high food prices, displacement and conflict.

Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

Urgent Call For United Action In The Sahel Region Of West Africa

Joint statement by United Nations agencies, the European Commission and USAID on the deteriorating situation in the Sahel.

Hunger in the news
15 February 2012

The European Commission Makes A €30 Million Contribution To World Food Programme's Response In The Sahel Region

The European Commission and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)  will scale up joint efforts to fight hunger among the most vulnerable in the Sahel – especially women and children – with €30 million in humanitarian assistance.

Hunger in the news
13 February 2012

WFP To Host Joint Meeting Of Humanitarian Agencies On The Deteriorating Situation In The Sahel Region Of West Africa

The UN World Food Programme is hosting a meeting of heads of humanitarian agencies and donor governments on Wednesday 15 February to address the urgent need for a scaling up of  humanitarian assistance in the Sahel, where drought and food shortages are causing hunger and threatening lives

Responding to Emergencies
8 February 2012

High Levels Of Food Insecurity In South Sudan

FAO-WFP report says poor harvests, price hikes, conflict and displacement worsen hunger

Contributions to WFP
8 February 2012

WFP Receives Generous Donation From Pizza Hut & Taco Bell For Sendong Survivors And Programmes In Mindanao

Through the Yum! Brands World Hunger Relief campaign, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in the Philippines have contributed Php 6.1 million (US$144,000) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for its activities in Mindanao. The donation will support the on-going relief and early recovery operation for victims of Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) and school meals programme in conflict-affected areas of central Mindanao.


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