News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

Contributions to WFP
17 May 2011

WFP And Germany Strengthen Partnership In Fight Against Global 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.

Hunger in the news
17 May 2011

WFP And Republic Of Korea Draw On "New Village" Movement To Overcome Hunger And Drive Rural Development

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.

Hunger in the news
16 May 2011

WFP And UNICEF Work Together To Improve Basic Education In Guinea-Bissau

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.

14 May 2011

Statement On Fatal Attack On WFP Staff Members In Ethiopia

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.”

Hunger in the news
12 May 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Access To The Western Mountains Region Of Libya

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.

Hunger in the news
11 May 2011

WFP Expands Safety Net Projects In Upper Egypt To Assist Egyptian Returnees From Libya

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.

10 May 2011

WFP Calls For Global Leadership To Invest In Nutrition As Rising Prices Hit Hard

ISTANBUL – As rising prices cast millions of families overnight into the ranks of the hungry, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called for global leadership to invest in nutrition.

Contributions to WFP
5 May 2011

WFP Welcomes Spanish Senate Support In Fight Against Global Hunger

MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the unanimous approval by the Spanish Senate of a motion urging the Government to promote the right to food and to continue playing an active role in the global fight against hunger.

Food Security Analysis
29 April 2011

WFP Launches Emergency Operation to Support 3.5 mln Vulnerable People in DPRK

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an emergency food and nutrition operation to respond to urgent hunger needs among 3.5 million vulnerable people identified in a multi-agency food security survey that was completed  in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) last month.


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