News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

20 July 2010

WFP Plans Massive Scale Up in Hunger Relief Operation as Needs Grow Dramatically in Drought-hit Niger

Rome - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is massively scaling-up its food assistance operation in the west African state of Niger to feed up to 8 million hungry people who have lost crops and livestock due to a particularly severe drought.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
20 July 2010

Good Nutrition Can Improve Treatment for People Living With HIV

VIENNA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urging health care providers, governments and other partners to include a simple, yet vital, ingredient in the treatment of people living with HIV - good nutrition.

10 July 2010

Joint Statement By The Government Of Spain And The United Nations World Food Programme

Over the past five years, Spain and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have built a strong partnership which has led to Spain becoming a major donor to WFP operations across the world. In the context of the global economic crisis, WFP appreciates Spain’s commitment to keep the battle against hunger a high priority in the government’s agenda and is thankful for their humanitarian response in Africa and Latin America.

8 July 2010

Haiti Six Months On - Backgrounder

Overview: In the week after the January 12 earthquake, WFP delivered 1 million rations, equivalent to more than 3 million meals, to over 200,000 people.

Responding to Emergencies
8 July 2010

Six Months After the Quake: WFP Empowers Haiti to Build Food Security System

Port-au-Prince– Six months after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has moved towards supporting long-term recovery, and building a strong nutritional foundation for the future of all Haitians.

Purchase for Progress
2 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director on Purchase for Progress Initiative in Malawi

For the first time ever in Malawi a farmers’ organization, made up of over 95,000 smallholder farmers, has won a competitive bid this week for the World Food Programme.

Focus on Women
2 July 2010

WFP to Double Number of People Receiving Food Assistance in Drought hit Niger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it is scaling up operations in the drought-hit West African country of Niger in the light of a shocking new government survey showing malnutrition rates among young children at emergency levels.

1 July 2010

WFP Food Assistance Crosses Border From Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan

OSH, Kyrgyzstan – The United Nations World Food Programme is continuing daily distributions of assistance in southern Kyrgyzstan with supplies boosted by the arrival of a convoy of trucks from neighbouring Uzbekistan carrying UN humanitarian relief for victims of ethnic violence.

30 June 2010

WFP Media Advisory: The “f-word” – Hunger in the Media WFP and Thomson Reuters Foundation Host London Hunger Event

LONDON – Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, will open a day of discussions on the issue of Hunger on Friday 2 July.  


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