Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
CAIRO – A ship carrying vital food assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Misrata today. The ship, which was chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), is delivering more than 420 metric tons of food– enough to feed 25,000 people for one month. It is also carrying a WFP team, part of a UN interagency mission, which will conduct a rapid needs assessment of the humanitarian situation on the ground. WFP is concerned about food security in Libya as stocks are being consumed without adequate levels of replenishment.
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner Islamic Relief in Yemen have resumed food distributions this week to the war-affected people of the northern governorate of Sa’ada.
COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today donated a number of items, including computers software and motorbikes to help support the post-harvest and local food production activities of the Ministries of Agriculture and Irrigation Water Resource Management.
CANBERRA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the appointment of round-the-world sailor and Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, as Youth Representative to support WFP in the global fight against hunger.
Rome - The Government of Germany and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Basic Agreement laying a new foundation for the work of WFP and its Liaison Office in Germany. The new agreement, underlining the importance of Germany’s partnership with WFP and its role as a top 10 donor supporting WFP’s work was signed during a ceremony at WFP headquarters in Rome.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Republic of Korea today announced a strategic partnership to draw on the successes of the Korean “New Village” movement that lifted millions out of poverty and hunger - and take best practices beyond Korean borders through WFP’s successful food-for-work initiatives.
BISSAU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun moving around a million books to almost 1,000 Guinea-Bissau schools on behalf of the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.
ADDIS ABABA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the death of one of its staff members in a fatal attack in Ethiopia. "I am deeply saddened by this deplorable killing,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This is the second deadly attack on a WFP humanitarian worker in less than a month.”
Fighting is blocking access to the Western Mountains of Libya where the World Food Programme believes food needs could be immense. I am increasingly concerned about the humanitarian situation and access to food for people trapped by the violence in this area. I am appealing to all parties for safe access and for an immediate ceasefire, so that we are able to assess the humanitarian situation and deliver food assistance.
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.