News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 April 2014

Joint Statement By Heads Of UN Humanitarian Agencies On Syria

NEW YORK, GENEVA, ROME, 23 April, 2014. One year ago, as leaders of UN agencies struggling to deal with the growing human impact of the Syrian crisis, we issued an urgent appeal on behalf of millions of people whose lives and futures hang in the balance: Enough, we said, enough!

Food Security Analysis
22 April 2014

New Atlas Maps Out Areas Vulnerable To Climate Change, Disasters And Food Insecurity In The Andean Region

PANAMA CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new Atlas of the Andean Region showing which areas are most threatened by climate change and the risks of related disasters and their potential impact on the food security and sustainable development of entire communities. 

Responding to Emergencies
14 April 2014

WFP Iraq Expands Emergency Assistance To People Affected By Al-Anbar Crisis

BAGHDAD – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) started this month providing emergency food assistance to almost quarter of a million people who have been affected by fighting in Al-Anbar.

11 April 2014

Final Part Of 21,800-Ton US wheat Donation Offloaded In Yemen’s Hudaydah Port

SANA’A – The US bulk carrier, MV Captain Steven L. Bennett, has discharged its cargo of 7,300 metric tons of wheat in the Yemeni port of Hudaydah, the final part of a 21,800-metric ton donation of wheat to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) from the United States Government’s Food for Peace office.
10 April 2014

WFP Contracts Private Company To Market Quality Grain At Its Gulu Warehouse

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has leased its 5,000 metric ton capacity warehouse in Gulu town to a private company Afgri-Gulu Ltd, for a groundbreaking venture that will conduct normal grain trade and at the same time operate the warehouse receipt system. The development will empower more than 9,000 smallholder farmer groups.

10 April 2014

Bangladesh Needs More Support To Build Resilience Against Climate Change

DHAKA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ambassadors of the Kingdoms of the Netherlands and Norway this week reviewed programmes aimed at improving resilience to natural disasters and agreed that Bangladesh needed more support in this key area.

9 April 2014

France Contributes €500,000 To WFP’s Food Assistance For Syrian Refugees In Jordan

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a fresh contribution of €500,000 (US$684,000) from the Government of France towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled to Jordan.

8 April 2014

WFP Congratulates His Highness The Amir Of Kuwait On Being Honoured By UN Secretary-General

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today congratulated His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, as the UN paid tribute to his leading support for humanitarian causes, particularly the Syria crisis.

Responding to Emergencies
8 April 2014

WFP Dispatches Food For Record Number Of Syrians As Fears Rise About Impact Of Drought

DAMASCUS/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided assistance to a record 4 million people in Syria last month but a special report published today highlights how a potential drought would strain the country’s already fragile food security situation.

Responding to Emergencies
7 April 2014

Deepening Crisis In C.A.R. Devastating People's Ability To Support Themselves

UN report says immediate support for food and livelihoods needed to meet “acute and complex emergency”


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