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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Hunger in the news
1 June 2011

WFP Feeds 45,000 Displaced By Conflict Around Abyei

KHARTOUM/JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 45,000 displaced people from Abyei with food assistance following the fighting that broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

Hunger in the news
1 June 2011

WFP Sends More Food Assistance To The Civilian Population Of Misrata

CAIRO – A ship carrying vital food assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Misrata today.  The ship, which was chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is delivering more than 420 metric tons of food– enough to feed 25,000 people for one month. It is also carrying a WFP team, part of a UN interagency mission, which will conduct a rapid needs assessment of the humanitarian situation on the ground.   WFP is concerned about food security in Libya as stocks are being consumed without adequate levels of replenishment.

Hunger in the news
31 May 2011

WFP Resumes Food Assistance In The Northern Yemeni Governorate Of Sa'ada

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner Islamic Relief in Yemen have resumed food distributions this week to the war-affected people of the northern governorate of Sa’ada.

Hunger in the news
27 May 2011

WFP Donates Items To Support Post Harvest And Food Production Activities

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today donated a number of items, including computers software and motorbikes to help support the post-harvest and local food production activities of the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation Water Resource Management.

Hunger in the news
25 May 2011

Jessica Watson Joins WFP In The Fight Against Child Hunger

CANBERRA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the appointment of round-the-world sailor and Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, as Youth Representative to support WFP in the global fight against hunger.

Contributions to WFP
17 May 2011

WFP And Germany Strengthen Partnership In Fight Against Global Hunger

Rome - The Government of Germany and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Basic Agreement laying a new foundation for the work of WFP and its Liaison Office in Germany.  The new agreement, underlining the importance of Germany’s partnership with WFP and its role as a top 10 donor supporting WFP’s work was signed during a ceremony at WFP headquarters in Rome.

Hunger in the news
17 May 2011

WFP And Republic Of Korea Draw On "New Village" Movement To Overcome Hunger And Drive Rural Development

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Republic of Korea today announced a strategic partnership to draw on the successes of the Korean “New Village” movement that lifted millions out of poverty and hunger - and take best practices beyond Korean borders through WFP’s successful food-for-work initiatives.

Hunger in the news
16 May 2011

WFP And UNICEF Work Together To Improve Basic Education In Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun moving around a million books to almost 1,000 Guinea-Bissau schools on behalf of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

14 May 2011

Statement On Fatal Attack On WFP Staff Members In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the death of one of its staff members in a fatal attack in Ethiopia. "I am deeply saddened by this deplorable killing,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This is the second deadly attack on a WFP humanitarian worker in less than a month.”

Hunger in the news
12 May 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Access To The Western Mountains Region Of Libya

Fighting is blocking access to the Western Mountains of Libya where the World Food Programme believes food needs could be immense. I am increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation and access to food for people trapped by the violence in this area. I am appealing to all parties for safe access and for an immediate ceasefire, so that we are able to assess the humanitarian situation and deliver food assistance.

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