News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
11 May 2011

WFP Expands Safety Net Projects In Upper Egypt To Assist Egyptian Returnees From Libya

CAIRO – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a project in Upper Egypt to provide food assistance and reintegrate into the jobs market labourers who fled the violence in Libya.

10 May 2011

WFP Calls For Global Leadership To Invest In Nutrition As Rising Prices Hit Hard

ISTANBUL – As rising prices cast millions of families overnight into the ranks of the hungry, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for global leadership to invest in nutrition.

Contributions to WFP
5 May 2011

WFP Welcomes Spanish Senate Support In Fight Against Global Hunger

MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the unanimous approval by the Spanish Senate of a motion urging the Government to promote the right to food and to continue playing an active role in the global fight against hunger.

Food Security Analysis
29 April 2011

WFP Launches Emergency Operation to Support 3.5 mln Vulnerable People in DPRK

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an emergency food and nutrition operation to respond to urgent hunger needs among 3.5 million vulnerable people identified in a multi-agency food security survey that was completed  in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) last month.

Responding to Emergencies
26 April 2011

WFP Return To Misrata Delivering Food And Relief To Civilian Population

CAIRO – A ship chartered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered more than 500 metric tons of food assistance, three ambulances, medical supplies and other relief items on behalf of humanitarian partners to the Libyan town of Misrata. This is the second time this month that a WFP-chartered vessel has delivered food and relief to the people of Misrata.

24 April 2011

Statement On Fatal Attack On WFP Staff Member In Southern Sudan

ROME -- It is with profound sadness that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the death of one of its staff members in a fatal attack in Southern Sudan.  

Responding to Emergencies
19 April 2011

WFP Opens Up Critical Humanitarian Corridor To Western Libya

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has established a life-saving humanitarian corridor to populations caught in violence in Western Libya, with the first convoy of trucks already moving food from Tunisia.

Hunger in the news
19 April 2011

Your Meal On Their Plate - WeFeedback Harnesses Social Networks To Feed Hungry Children

ROME – An innovative new social media engagement platform launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is using the power of social media to raise the funds needed to feed tens of thousands of hungry children around the world.

Hunger in the news
15 April 2011

Funding Shortfall Threatens Food Assistance To Millions Of Poor Afghans

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urgently requires US$257 million to continue providing food and assistance to the 7.3 million vulnerable and food-insecure Afghans it aims to support this year, mainly women and children.

Hunger in the news
14 April 2011

Launch Of Latest Edition Of Ground-Breaking Humanitarian Handbook In South Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The 2011 edition of the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response handbook was launched in Pretoria today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and World Vision International (WVI).


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