News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

WFP Appoints Japanese Model Kurara Chibana As National Ambassador Against Hunger

TOKYO – Japanese model Kurara Chibana was today appointed the first National Ambassador against Hunger for Japan for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Elisabeth Rasmusson, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director for Partnership and Governance Services, announced the appointment at a ceremony in Tokyo during her visit to Japan, and presented Chibana with a €2 WFP commemorative coin, a symbolic payment for her dedication.

Hunger in the news
12 December 2013

DSWD, WFP To Begin Cash Distributions For Yolanda Survivors

MANILA - The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide PHP 260 m (US$ 6 m) in cash assistance to 500,000 food insecure people in over 60 municipalities across Panay Island, Leyte and Samar in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

11 December 2013

Ireland Helps Support Hungry Families And Refugees In Malawi

LILONGWE – The Government of Ireland has announced a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of more than US$1.3 million (MWK .5 billion) to boost food and nutrition security among some of the poorest households in Malawi.

WFP Ambassadors
11 December 2013

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Amal Dabbas Cooks with Syrian Refugees in Jordan

AMMAN – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Amal Dabbas spent a day shopping and cooking with a Syrian family in Amman to increase awareness on the importance of WFP’s food assistance in ensuring Syrian refugees have access to the food and nutrition they need.

10 December 2013

H.M. Queen Maxima Of Netherlands Visits Ethiopia To Highlight Importance Of Financial Inclusion For The Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), has just completed a two-day trip to Ethiopia to support Ethiopia’s efforts to make financial services more accessible to the rural poor.

Responding to Emergencies
10 December 2013

Emergency Food Assistance Reaches People Displaced By Violence In Central African Republic

BANGUI– A joint rapid assessment in the Central African Republic (CAR) found that more than 60,000 people have  been displaced after renewed violence erupted  on 5 December and that food is  a priority. To respond to immediate needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance to affected people   across the capital, as well as in Bossangoa to the north-west.

10 December 2013

WFP Thanks Japan For Latest US$5.6 Million Contribution For Food-Insecure IDPs In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to Japan for its latest contribution of 460 million Japanese Yen (US$5.6 million), which will be used to provide wheat flour and pulses to food insecure and vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) in Yemen.

ED - E.Cousin
9 December 2013

Queen Máxima And Senior UN Officials Visit Ethiopia And Tanzania To Highlight The Role Of Financial Inclusion In Improving The lives Of Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

6 December 2013

UK Provides Food And Cash For Malawi’s Vulnerable Families During Lean Season

LILONGWE – The United Kingdom has contributed US$22 million (MWK 8.4 billion) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist Malawian families who are unable to meet their basic food needs. This contribution will enable WFP to provide food assistance to some 910,000 people for several months of the ‘lean season’, between now and March when the next harvest is due.
6 December 2013

WFP Staff Worldwide Join South Africa In Mourning Passing Of President Nelson Mandela

ROME – Today, people in South Africa and around the world are mourning the loss of an inspirational leader, President Nelson Mandela, a champion against injustice and a true ally in the fight against hunger.


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