News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

1 August 2013

GIZ And WFP Partner To Assist School Children In Northern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – Nearly 170 schools in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka have received new kitchen utensils, bowls and spoons from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to supplement the school meals programmes implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The grant of Sri Lankan Rupees 2.4 million (US$ 18,200) is part of GIZ’s efforts to help reintegrate internally displaced people in the Vanni Region, and will benefit more than 32,000 children.
1 August 2013

UK Funds Life-Saving Food Assistance To Displaced People In Pakistan’s North-West

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of 3 million pounds Sterling (US$4.5 million) from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) for vulnerable displaced communities in the highly volatile north-west of Pakistan.

31 July 2013

Fortified Rice Enhances Nutrition Benefits Of Social Safety Nets For The Poorest In Bangladesh

DHAKA – Poor rural villagers in Bangladesh are now receiving rice fortified with essential vitamins and minerals, under a new joint initiative between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Bangladesh, supported by the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and global science company Royal DSM.
31 July 2013

WFP And BNPB Strengthening Indonesian Disaster Response Capacity Through Joint Logistics Assessment

KUPANG, NUSA TENGGARA TIMUR, INDONESIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) are today presenting the findings of a joint logistics capacity assessment carried out in NTT, NTB and Bali Province, as part of efforts to further strengthen Indonesia’s emergency response mechanisms.
29 July 2013

Two Weeks Left To Double Support To WFP During Ramadan

DUBAI – As the Holy Month enters into its second half, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of the Rotary Clubs of the UAE, encourages everyone – individuals, companies, journalists, media companies, associations and foundations – to join its Ramadan campaign to support the needs of the hungry around the world.

School Meals
25 July 2013

WFP Works With The United States And Government Of Kenya To Strengthen The National School Meals Programme

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today presented the Kenyan Ministry of Education with 60 motorbikes and a four-wheel-drive vehicle to strengthen the government’s expanding Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP).

Responding to Emergencies
23 July 2013

WFP Launches Operation To Reach Displaced People As Violence Flares In South Sudan

JUBA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an operation including the use of helicopters to bring urgently-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of people who have fled to hard-to-reach  areas to escape violence in Pibor County, in the Republic of  South Sudan’s Jonglei State.

Responding to Emergencies
23 July 2013

Ten Years Into The Darfur Conflict, New Waves Of Displacement Put Pressure On WFP To Feed More Vulnerable Families

KHARTOUM – New violence in Sudan’s western region of Darfur has prompted more than 250,000 people to flee their villages and abandon their livelihoods since the start of the year, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Food For Assets
22 July 2013

WFP Chief Sees Successful Rural Development In Rwanda; Affirms Commitment To Sustainable Food Security

KIGALI -– The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today concluded a three-day visit to Rwanda, the final stop on her three-nation visit to Africa, focused on sustainable local solutions for hunger and undernutrition.

ED - E.Cousin
19 July 2013

WFP Executive Director Calls On All Armed Groups In DRC To Permit Humanitarian Access

GOMA – At the end of a three-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has called upon all armed groups to ensure that humanitarian agencies are able to safely assist all people in need, wherever they are in DRC.


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