Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
ADDIS ABABA - Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.
BANJUL – The European Union has contributed more than €4 million (US$4.6million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)’s efforts to offer quality food to Gambia’s children and reduce economic pressures on Gambian families.
ROME/ADDIS ABABA - The heads of the three UN food agencies will visit Ethiopia to highlight the critical food and nutrition security situation. Consecutive climate shocks have resulted in back-to-back droughts, which have caused hunger to soar and malnutrition rates to rise to alarming levels. The agency chiefs will discuss how best to strengthen their support to the Government and its systems so that Ethiopia can continue meeting its development goals while simultaneously addressing humanitarian challenges along the way.
SANA’A – As efforts intensify to avert famine in Yemen, the United Kingdom has stepped up its support to the World Food Programme (WFP) by providing a contribution which will deliver life-saving food assistance for more than two million people in the country.
KIGOMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to reduce food rations for 320,000 refugees in Mtendeli, Nduta and Nyarugusu Camps in northwest Tanzania as a result of funding shortfalls. WFP urgently requires US$23.6 million from now through to December 2017 to be able to continue meeting the food and nutritional needs of refugees in Tanzania.
KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun food distributions to 180,000 people in response to the Nepal floods. The tragedy has affected 1.7 million people, with nearly 461,000 of them displaced from their homes and in desperate need of assistance . The distributions are going on as the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) warns of more floods in coming days.
MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of €700,000 (US$790,000) from the Government of Spain that will be used to provide food assistance for some 34,000 people affected by the recent conflict in Mosul, Iraq.
JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that a child was killed when a WFP-contracted aircraft hit a house while attempting to land during a thunderstorm in Juba on Tuesday. Four other people – a boy, a girl and two women – were injured during the incident.