News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

21 January 2014

WFP And Government Of Lao PDR Assist Food Insecure Communities In Saravane Province

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme has provided 223 Metric tonnes (MT) of rice donated by the Government of Japan through the APTERR (ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve) to assist severely food insecure communities still recovering from the September 2013 floods in the Khongxedone district of Saravane Province.

Responding to Emergencies
20 January 2014

WFP Running Out Of Food In Central African Republic Amid Widespread Bloodletting

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is running out of food to distribute to growing numbers of displaced people in the Central African Republic because insecurity is blocking supply routes.

ED - E.Cousin
20 January 2014

UN World Food Programme Executive Director Visiting Iran

TEHRAN – Ertharin Cousin, the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, has arrived for a 2-day visit to Iran. During her trip to the capital, she will meet Government officials, donors and the UN community. She will also visit a camp hosting Afghan refugees, where WFP has been providing food assistance for many years.
Responding to Emergencies
13 January 2014

WFP Expands Assistance To South Sudanese, Condemns Looting Of Supplies

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new emergency operation to expand assistance to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and is working to overcome challenges preventing urgently needed relief from reaching those who need it.

Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2014

World Food Programme Executive Director Meets Displaced Families In Syria

DAMASCUS – Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), ended a visit to Syria on Thursday after high-level talks with government officials and meeting displaced families in a food distribution centre in the capital Damascus. 

School Meals
9 January 2014


For the first time since the beginning of its operations in Chad 50 years ago, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of 182 metrics tons of food from the Chadian government for its school meals programme. The donation is worth US$400,000 dollars (almost FCFA 200 million).

Hunger in the news
8 January 2014

WFP Resumes Feeding Displaced Families At Bangui Airport In Central African Republic

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food to people at Bangui International Airport where an estimated 100,000 people have sought refuge. The food distributions resumed after a three-week break because of insecurity at the site.

School Meals
2 January 2014

WFP Assists Tunisia’s Government In School Feeding

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will provide technical support to the Government of the Tunisian Republic in building its capacity in managing and implementing the national school feeding programme.

Responding to Emergencies
31 December 2013

WFP Aims To Feed 1.25 Million People In Central African Republic, Needs Almost US$107 Million

BANGUI/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it would scale up food distributions in conflict-wracked Central African Republic (CAR) to assist up to 1.25 million people in the next eight months as growing numbers of people go hungry.

24 December 2013

Sami Yusuf Dedicates New Song To Typhoon Survivors In The Philippines

ROME – Multi-million album selling star Sami Yusuf released today a new song dedicated to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Entitled “Hopes Survives”, the not-for-profit track is the backbone of ‘Live Feed Philippines,’ a campaign in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to encourage donations to support families affected by one of the most powerful storms ever to make landfall.


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