News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

27 January 2015

World Food Programme Forced To Cut Rations To Some 150,000 Refugees In Uganda

KAMPALA – Almost 150,000 refugees living in Uganda are receiving from today reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.
27 January 2015

Displaced Iraqis In Three Southern Governorates Are In Critical Humanitarian Situation – WFP

BAGHDAD – The humanitarian situation of Iraqis recently displaced to the southern governorates of Najaf, Kerbala and Babel is reaching critical levels, according to an assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

23 January 2015

WFP Scales Up Malawi Flood Assistance In Face Of Funding Challenges

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distribution of high-energy biscuits to people stranded by floodwaters in Nsanje district, one of the worst-affected by floods in southern Malawi.

22 January 2015

Princess Haya To Receive WFP Hunger Hero Award In Davos

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is honouring Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Al Hussein with the 2015 Hunger Hero Award at the World Leaders Dinner later today at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

21 January 2015

Japan Helps Provide School Meals For 862,000 Children In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous contribution from the Government of Japan to support its emergency operations in Sudan.

20 January 2015

WFP's Message To Business On The Eve Of Davos: "Investments In Zero Hunger Are Fundamental To Business Success"

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

Many companies already recognize and understand the critical link between ending hunger and promoting economic and commercial success, but much more needs to be done. As global business leaders gather in Davos, we will actively push for even greater corporate investment in lifesaving programmes and innovative solutions to meeting the goal of eradicating hunger and poverty around the world.

Responding to Emergencies
16 January 2015

UN World Food Programme Mobilizing In Malawi Flood Disaster

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up its response to the disaster declared by the President of Malawi in flood-affected districts of the country. Working with the Government and with other humanitarian partners, WFP is moving to flooded areas stocks of food from its regular programmes that will be replenished once the crisis is over.

WFP Ambassadors
15 January 2015

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry Launches A Donation Campaign To Help Fight Hunger

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Hend Sabry, today launched a campaign to raise money that will benefit the UN food agency in its efforts to feed the most vulnerable people in the Arab world. Sabry is auctioning a traditional Bedouin dress that she wore while filming her latest film “El Gezira 1.” A video featuring the challenge ( has been posted on social media. The dress will go to the person who makes the highest donation through the WFP website


Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2015

Five Years After Major Quake, WFP And The Haitian People Are Building A Stronger Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Five years after a catastrophic earthquake killed 200,000 people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Haiti are working to build a more resilient community to better withstand future disasters. 



7 January 2015

UNICEF and WFP Partner To Help Vulnerable Syrian Families In Za’atari And Azraq Camps Protect Their Children Against The Winter Cold

AMMAN, 7 January 2015 – As Jordan braces for a winter storm in the next few days, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a winter cash assistance programme to provide 41,000 vulnerable Syrian refugee children under the age of 14 in Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps with 14 Jordanian Dinars (JOD) each, to allow their families to get them winter clothes.


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