News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

7 April 2011

WFP Ship Delivers Vital Humanitarian Assistance At Frontline Of Libya Conflict

ROME -- A World Food Programme (WFP) humanitarian vessel carrying life-saving food, medical supplies, doctors and other relief items has finally been able to reach Misrata port, opening up a new humanitarian lifeline to civilians trapped in the Libyan conflict.

ED - J.Sheeran
5 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Sees How Food Saves Lives, Fights Malnutrition In Somalia

GALKAYO, Somalia – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, today highlighted the suffering of the Somali people that she witnessed during a visit to a region of Somalia affected by war and deepening drought.

Contributions to WFP
5 April 2011

United States Donates Food For WFP To Feed Children And Vulnerable People

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received today from the United States Government a donation of 4,000 metric tons of food (worth US$6.5 million) to assist communities vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Focus on Women
3 April 2011

UN Leaders Raise Alarm On Plight Of Somali Refugees In Kenya

DADAAB – The heads of three United Nations agencies today expressed deep concern about the living conditions of more than 314,000 Somali refugees during a visit to three camps in Dadaab in northeastern Kenya.  More refugees are arriving daily, crowding more people into one of the largest refugee concentrations in the world.

2 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Says Drought, Rising Prices And Conflict Drive Over 5 Million Into Hunger In Horn

The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.  More and more people need help in the Horn and we’re now on high alert over the impact of the March to May long rains.

Responding to Emergencies
1 April 2011

WFP Extends Support To Disaster Response Efforts In Japan

TOKYO – As Japan grapples with the devastation caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is on the ground setting up logistics hubs to support relief efforts led by the Japanese Government, local institutions, and aid and welfare organisations.

Hunger in the news
1 April 2011

WFP Food Distributions Inside Libya Gather Momentum

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to hungry people inside Libya at six different locations in the Beidan area, between Ajdabiya and Benghazi in the east of the country. Alongside its food assistance operation, WFP is providing logistics and telecommunications support to the humanitarian community working in Libya and neighbouring countries

31 March 2011

WFP/Government Of Malaysia Lay Foundation Stone For Asia’s Humanitarian Response Base

SUBANG – The Government of Malaysia and the World Food Programme today celebrated the start of construction on a state-of-the-art United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) facility in Subang.

Contributions to WFP
31 March 2011

LG Electronics And WFP: How Technology Can Help End Hunger

SEOUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and LG Electronics today announced a bold new initiative which will bring the fight against hunger into homes around the world thanks to the very latest in digital technology.

29 March 2011

Visit to Kenya by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran

Rome – Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will make a five-day visit to Kenya to attend high-level UN meetings and visit three camps at Dadaab in northeastern Kenya with 320,000 mostly Somali refugees.


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