News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
1 July 2014

Heads Of WFP & UNHCR Issue Urgent Appeal As Food Shortages Hit Nearly 800,000 Refugees In Africa

GENEVA -- The heads of the United Nations refugee agency and World Food Programme warned today that funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia, particularly in children.

26 June 2014

WFP To Provide Food To 450,000 People Displaced From North Waziristan

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rapidly scaling up food distributions aiming to reach approximately half a million recently displaced people from North Waziristan. Since the start of food distributions on Sunday, 22 June, WFP has   provided 15-day food rations more than 4,600 families in Bannu and Lakki Marwat districts.

25 June 2014

WFP Executive Director Assesses Humanitarian Needs In Northern Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on Wednesday ended a two-day visit to Iraq, after meeting families who have fled from the violence in Mosul and holding high-level talks with the Kurdistan Regional Government and other officials.

24 June 2014

WFP ED And Norwegian PM Highlight Importance Of Girls’ Education In Fight Against Hunger

ROME – Education – especially for girls and children in conflict situations – was the focus, when the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, yesterday met the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, at WFP’s Rome headquarters.

20 June 2014

Japan’s Support In Dzaleka Refugee Camp In Malawi

LILONGWE – The Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Shuichiro Nishioka, yesterday visited Dzaleka refugee camp, ahead of World Refugee Day today. Some 18,000 refugees live at Dzaleka. They come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other countries in central and east Africa. Many have lived in the camp for more than a decade, while others have fled recent conflict in the region.

20 June 2014

WFP Hunger Ambassador Jose Mourinho Shines Light on Child Victims of Forgotten Crisis

ABIDJAN – World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Jose Mourinho, has used a visit to Ivory Coast to draw attention to the positive impact that good nutrition can have on the lives of young children.  In his first trip as a WFP Hunger Ambassador, Mourinho visited a school in Yamoussoukro, where children receive free daily meals as part of a WFP programme.

19 June 2014

On World Refugee Day, WFP Ethiopia Warns of Funding Shortfall to Respond to Sharp Influx of South Sudanese Refugees

ADDIS ABABA – As South Sudanese continue to flee their conflict-torn homeland, the United Nations World Food Programme in Ethiopia marks World Refugee Day with an urgent appeal for US$50 million to meet the needs of nearly 150,000 who have sought shelter here since the conflict began in December 2013–and for our larger refugee response.
Responding to Emergencies
19 June 2014

New Humanitarian Crises Mark This Year’s World Refugee Day

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) marks another sombre World Refugee Day tomorrow (20 June) as renewed violence in Iraq has driven half a million people from their homes to join an estimated 51.2 million* people forcibly displaced around the world, according the UN refugee agency, UNHCR.

17 June 2014

WFP Head And Director-General Of Italian Development Cooperation Inaugurate New UNHRD Facilities In San Vito Dei Normanni

BRINDISI – New humanitarian response facilities were inaugurated today at the former US military base at San Vito dei Normanni (near Brindisi), in the presence of the the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, the Director of the Italian Development Cooperation, Giampaolo Cantini, and several national and local authorities.
13 June 2014

Humanitarian Response Facility In Balochistan To Enhance Disaster Preparedness

QUETTA, PAKISTAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today handed over management of a Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Balochistan in Chashma Achozai, Quetta district. This is the second WFP-built facility to be handed over to the government; the first was in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab province in February this year.


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