Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of €28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four governorates across the country.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to be taking part, for the seventh year in a row, in the international Paris Air Show. Held from 19 to 25 June, the top event of its kind in the world will allow WFP to showcase its aviation expertise and ability to deliver crucial assistance in times of crisis. It will also offer a chance to explore the availability of new aircraft, air operators and technologies for humanitarian aviation.
MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.
JERUSALEM – Unless new funding quickly arrives, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to suspend its voucher food assistance in July for nearly 150,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, the majority of whom are women and children.
N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 4 million from China, which will support food assistance for more than 100,000 people in need.
JUBA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$5 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide food assistance to 160,000 people affected by acute hunger in South Sudan, including 30,000 children under the age of five.
BEIJING – Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began the dispatch of Chinese rice through the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ to support hundreds of thousands of people in need of food assistance across drought-stricken Somalia. This contribution is a concrete outcome following China’s commitment to food assistance at the Belt and Road Forum held in May this year.
ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is constructing a Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) in the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) –the northern area of Pakistan, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. This will be the seventh HRF built in Pakistan as part of a strategic network of storage facilities to help the Government and humanitarian community better prepare for and respond to disasters.