News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme On Humanitarian Operations Providing Food Assistance In Somalia

The delivery of food assistance to millions of hungry people in Somalia presents one of the most complex and dangerous challenges that humanitarian agencies face anywhere in the world.  All the humanitarian agencies working in this environment face risks.  There are risks to the safety of their staff, risks to their property, and risks to commodities being moved into the country– whether they are food, medicines, equipment or shelter material.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

WFP Responds To Urgent Humanitarian Needs In Tripoli And Western Areas Of Libya

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing logistical support for the humanitarian relief effort in Libya, sending food and other urgent supplies including water, medicine and fuel to Tripoli. WFP is also scaling up food assistance to meet the needs of the most vulnerable internally displaced people in Tripoli, the coastal areas and the Nafusa Mountain Region.

Hunger in the news
24 August 2011

WFP To Halve Food Rations For Congolese Refugees Due To Funding Shortage

KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced that due to a shortage of funds, the WFP operation in Rwanda will need to reduce food rations for 54,000 Congolese refugees by half from 1 September.

Contributions to WFP
23 August 2011

Saudi Arabia Donates US$50 Million To Help Save The Lives Of Somali Children

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of US$50 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduallah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that will be used to feed more than half a million Somalia children suffering from malnutrition.

Contributions to WFP
22 August 2011

China Makes Its Largest Donation To WFP For Somalia Famine Relief

Beijing – The government of China has made its largest single donation to the work of the United Nations World Food Programme with US$16 million towards the agency’s famine relief operation in Somalia.

Hunger in the news
19 August 2011

WFP Boosts Nutritonal Foods For Children In Camps And Drought-Hit Areas, Flies In More Supplies To Horn

NAIROBI – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a series of programmes to boost nutrition in small children, who are the most vulnerable to the ravages of malnutrition. WFP focuses on providing specialised nutrition products to prevent and treat malnutrition in the early years, to avoid irreparable damage to physical and mental development in later life.

Hunger in the news
19 August 2011

WFP Responds To Flood Victims In Satkhira

DHAKA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with funding from the Australian government through AusAID, is providing urgently needed emergency food assistance to 57,000 people affected by floods in Satkhira, sourthern Bangladesh.

Hunger in the news
9 August 2011

WFP Accelerates Food Deliveries To Reach Millions Of Hungry In The Horn Of Africa

NAIROBI – Since the beginning of July, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached nearly 8 million people in the Horn of Africa with food assistance.  WFP is targeting 11.5 million people out of more than 13 million people affected by the drought and famine in the region, with governments and other partners supporting the rest.

4 August 2011

WFP Poised To Provide Emergency Food Assistance As Emily Approaches

Port-au-Prince –As Haitians brace for tropical storm Emily the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has prepositioned life-saving food supplies across the most vulnerable areas of the country and is on standby to begin emergency food distributions if needed.

Hunger in the news
29 July 2011

Aid For East Africa, Now And In The Future (FAO/WFP)

ROME - Following the emergency meeting on the food and humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa held in Rome on 25 July at the request of the French Presidency of the G20, FAO and WFP welcome the international community's determined mobilization in response to the situation.


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