News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
17 June 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On The Conflict In Sudan

It is the height of the hunger season in Sudan and the violence that has engulfed South Kordofan is hindering WFP’s efforts to reach hundreds of thousands of people in need of food assistance. As the security situation in South Kordofan state deteriorates, I would like to echo the UN Secretary General’s deep concern about the escalation in the conflict.

17 June 2011

WFP Food Assistance Reaches Half A Million Libyans Affected By Ongoing Violence

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered vital food assistance to more than 500,000 people affected by the conflict in Libya. The agency has provided food for civilians in conflict areas, internally displaced people, migrant workers, and vulnerable groups such as widows, orphans and the disabled.

16 June 2011

WFP Food Assistance Reaches 26,500 People Caught In Conflict In South Kordofan

 KHARTOUM/KADUGLI – Food assistance from the United Nations World FoodProgramme (WFP) has reached more 26,500 people fleeing fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan state.  Conflict however continues to hinder WFP’s efforts to reach more people uprooted by the violence.

Hunger in the news
13 June 2011

Groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership To End Child Malnutrition Welcomed By Government; Major New Companies Sign Up

Jakarta – The Government of Indonesia today welcomed Project Laser Beam (PLB), a groundbreaking public-private partnership to end child malnutrition, as a critical initiative to help achieve their goal of ending child hunger and poverty. The announcement was made at the World Economic Forum East Asia, in Jakarta.

Students And Teachers
4 June 2011

FreeRice Español: Have Fun, Improve Your Vocabulary And Feed A Hungry Child

NEW YORK – Have you ever wondered if the words “consciencia” and “conciencia” have the same meaning in Spanish? Does “Embarazada” mean embarrassed, or just pregnant? And is “camarón,” the word for a crustacean, a novice driver, a temporary job, or all of these?

Hunger in the news
1 June 2011

WFP Feeds 45,000 Displaced By Conflict Around Abyei

KHARTOUM/JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 45,000 displaced people from Abyei with food assistance following the fighting that broke out between the Sudanese Armed Forces and Sudan People’s Liberation Army.

Hunger in the news
1 June 2011

WFP Sends More Food Assistance To The Civilian Population Of Misrata

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.

Hunger in the news
31 May 2011

WFP Resumes Food Assistance In The Northern Yemeni Governorate Of Sa'ada

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.

Hunger in the news
27 May 2011

WFP Donates Items To Support Post Harvest And Food Production Activities

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.

Hunger in the news
25 May 2011

Jessica Watson Joins WFP In The Fight Against Child Hunger

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.


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