News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Hunger in the news
20 January 2011

Niger: Good Harvest, Malnutrition Still High

A joint assessment by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) says that acute malnutrition rates in Niger remain high despite a good harvest.

Hunger in the news
19 January 2011

WFP And Government Of Afghanistan Strengthen Coordination On Food Assistance

KABUL – High-level officials from the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) met Tuesday to map out a common strategy for the provision of WFP food assistance to millions of vulnerable Afghans over the next three years.

Hunger in the news
18 January 2011

WFP And UNICEF To Scale Up Nutrition To Fight Child Stunting In Southern And Eastern Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) agreed today to work together to reduce levels of child stunting in Southern and Eastern Africa and accelerate progress toward achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Contributions to WFP
17 January 2011

EU And WFP's Global Actions Reaching The Right People At The Right Time

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is looking forward to building on its partnership with the European Commission (EC) with the goal of providing humanitarian assistance to help millions more people get the nutritious food they need to feed their families.

ED - J.Sheeran
14 January 2011

WFP Executive Director On Three-Day Visit To Middle East

CAIRO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will begin a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Jordan on 17 January during which she will be visiting WFP projects and meeting government officials, partners and WFP staff.

13 January 2011

WFP Scales Up Assistance To Ivorian Refugees In Liberia

MONROVIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operation providing food assistance to Côte d'Ivoire refugees in Liberia, yesterday entered a new phase with the start of general food distributions targeting 22, 507 refugees in the 23 villages where they are currently sheltering in the border area.

12 January 2011

WFP Steps up Efforts to Assist Refugees From Myanmar in Cox's Bazar

DHAKA - The United Nations World Food Programme has extended its current refugee operations for two more years to provide support to 31,000 food-insecure refugees in Cox’s Bazar at a cost of nearly US$11 million. 

Preventing Hunger
12 January 2011

South Sudan Food Security Improves, Though Prospects Depend on Post-referendum Period

ROME/JUBA - The number of people in need of food assistance in southern Sudan has decreased markedly - though prospects for food security largely depend on the post-referendum period and the number of people returning to the South, a United Nations report said today.

Contributions to WFP
11 January 2011

Record Aid Package From Japan Helps Feed Hungry Millions in 20 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the largest ever, one-off donation from the Government of Japan, amounting to US$ 196.6 million.  The donation will be used to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people in 20 countries in Asia and Africa and will also support logistics operations in eight countries where WFP is working.

11 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Almost one year ago, the ground began shaking in Haiti and the lives of millions were changed forever.  What came after the quake was a disaster that stretched WFP’s humanitarian expertise to the limit, challenged our response through its complexity and daunted us with the sheer scale of its impact on the Haitian people.


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