News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
4 November 2016

WFP Delivers Food To 52,000 People Cut Off From Aid In South Sudan

JUBA – A multi-agency convoy led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered lifesaving humanitarian assistance to families trapped for four months by increased insecurity in, and around, the town of Yei in South Sudan.

Responding to Emergencies
4 November 2016

One Month On From Hurricane Matthew, WFP Has Fed Nearly 400,000 Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE – A month after Hurricane Matthew made devastating landfall in Haiti, claiming many lives and destroying livelihoods and infrastructure, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food assistance to almost 400,000 people as part of its continuing support to the Government’s recovery efforts.

3 November 2016

World Food Programme And Republic Of Korea Provide New Community Buildings

DODOMA – The Government of Tanzania and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today joined a ceremony to mark the completion of 15 new community buildings in central Tanzania’s Dodoma region. Funded by the Republic of Korea, the new buildings were constructed by local builders as part of the Saemaul Zero Hunger Communities (SZHC) project in three villages in Chamwino district. Saemaul means ‘New Village’ in Korean.
2 November 2016

UN Agencies In Algeria Appeal For Continued Food Assistance To Western Saharan Refugees

 ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s fund (UNICEF) is appealing for continued donor support for refugees from Western Sahara living in Algeria. The three agencies say that insufficient funding makes a cut in basic food rations imminent.

2 November 2016

WFP Launches WiFi System Connecting Syrian Refugees In Northern Iraqi Camp With Families In Syria

ERBIL – The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an innovative project that provides wireless internet access to Syrian refugees living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, the largest refugee camp in Iraq which is home to 31,000 Syrian refugees

28 October 2016

New Research Finds Humanitarian Assistance To Refugees Boosts Uganda’s Economy

KAMPALA – A new study conducted in Uganda has found that humanitarian assistance for refugees creates significant economic benefits for the local economy, and these benefits are greater when the assistance is in the form of cash transfers and land for agricultural production.

27 October 2016

New Report Highlights Fragile State Of Food Security In Sierra Leone After Ebola Outbreak

FREETOWN – The State of Food Insecurity in Sierra Leone report launched today by the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) shows more than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – are food insecure, without access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. Of these, about 600,000 are severely food insecure, eating significantly less food and less varied and nutritious food, and unable to cope with new shocks such as drought, floods and fluctuating food prices. The number of severely food insecure people has increased by 60 percent since 2010.

Climate Change
26 October 2016

40,000 People Affected by Droughts Receive Food Assistance in Oruro

Families affected by droughts in the department of Oruro participated in the first distribution of non-conditional vouchers during a special event with the participation of the Governor of Oruro, Victor Hugo Vasquez, local authorities and World Food Programme (WFP) staff.

26 October 2016

Ending Hunger And Malnutrition Key To Economic Development In Bangladesh, Major Study Finds

DHAKA - A major independent report released today emphasises that the Government of Bangladesh and its partners must rally to end hunger and improve nutrition to sustain the country’s remarkable economic trajectory.

25 October 2016

WFP Alarmed At Growing Rates Of Hunger And Malnutrition In War-Torn Yemen

SANA’A – The World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about deteriorating food security and growing rates of child malnutrition in Yemen, particularly in hard-to-reach areas


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