News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
9 November 2009

WFP Reaches Close To 100,000 People In Yemen Amidst Continued Fighting

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have reached almost 100,000 displaced Yemenis with food assistance in four northern governorates since August when a new round of fighting erupted between government troops and rebel forces.
9 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director on China and Africa

I applaud the declaration by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation underlining the important role that investment in food security, agriculture and infrastructure plays in meeting the food needs of Africa’s people.

5 November 2009

WFP Airdrops Food Into Southern Sudan To Feed Thousands Of People

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced air drops of food assistance into Southern Sudan to feed 155,600 people cut off from road access during current rains in areas hit by conflict, high food prices and poor harvests because of drought.
ED - J.Sheeran
4 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director on Japan's Commitment to Fight Against Hunger

Japan has always been one of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) largest donors, and in this year of crises for the world’s most vulnerable, it has provided a record contribution to fighting global hunger, helping to save millions of lives.

ED - J.Sheeran
28 October 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director on Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan

I am deeply saddened by the murderous assault on humanitarian staff in Kabul and the lives that have been lost today following the brutal bomb blast in Peshawar.
Preventing Hunger
27 October 2009

WFP Launches Mobile Phone-Based Food Voucher Pilot for Iraqi Refugees in Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an electronic food voucher pilot project -- the first of its kind in the world to use mobile phone technology -- to aid 1,000 Iraqi refugee families ...
Responding to Emergencies
26 October 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director on Australia's leadership in the Fight Against Hunger

WFP today sealed a ground-breaking partnership with Australia marking a major step forward in the campaign to achieve global food security. With this bold step the government of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has demonstrated once ...
ED - J.Sheeran
22 October 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, on German Support for the Fight Against Hunger

Today, a record one billion people – mostly women and children – go to bed hungry each night.  Hunger is on the march, with the food, fuel and financial crises making hunger the Millennium Development Goal ...
Responding to Emergencies
21 October 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, on Grave Situation in the Philippines Following Succession of Violent Storms

Today, I witnessed the severe humanitarian impact of the storms and torrential rains that have devastated parts of this beautiful land, and which have left the people of the Philippines facing one of the greatest challenges in ...
20 October 2009

WFP Executive Director Travels To Philippines To Visit Flood-Affected Regions

ROME -- The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will arrive in the Philippines on Wednesday, 21 October, to witness at first hand the huge impact of the catastrophic floods that have affected more than 7 million people.


Fighting Hunger Worldwide