News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
11 January 2011

Record Aid Package From Japan Helps Feed Hungry Millions in 20 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the largest ever, one-off donation from the Government of Japan, amounting to US$ 196.6 million.  The donation will be used to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people in 20 countries in Asia and Africa and will also support logistics operations in eight countries where WFP is working.

11 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Almost one year ago, the ground began shaking in Haiti and the lives of millions were changed forever.  What came after the quake was a disaster that stretched WFP’s humanitarian expertise to the limit, challenged our response through its complexity and daunted us with the sheer scale of its impact on the Haitian people.

7 January 2011

WFP Renews Commitment to Support Recovery in Guinea-Bissau

Bissau – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today announced a renewed commitment to raising levels of nutrition and increasing access to education in Guinea-Bissau.  It has extended its post-conflict relief and recovery operation through the end of 2011 at a cost of US$8 million.

Contributions to WFP
31 December 2010

WFP Welcomes Historic Donation From Brazil And Hails President Lula's Role In Fighting Global Hunger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its largest ever donation from Brazil - a contribution that is likely to push the country into WFP’s top ten list of donors and underline its leadership in fighting hunger on the domestic and international front.

31 December 2010

WFP Airlifts Emergency Food Rations To Refugees Fleeing Côte d'Ivoire Crisis

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted emergency food assistance into Liberia to feed refugees fleeing the political crisis in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire as part of a rapid scale up of humanitarian operations in response to the evolving humanitarian crisis.

28 December 2010

The Government of Niger and its Partners Determined to Continue Their Efforts Against Malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY - Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more than 15 children in 100 suffer from acute malnutrition, according to the results of the National Nutrition Survey made public on 16 December. 

Purchase for Progress
22 December 2010

Afghan Wheat for Hungry Afghans as WFP Buys Local

KABUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be able to stave off a potentially critical shortage of wheat by buying wheat locally in Afghanistan in the largest quantity ever, the organisation announced.

13 December 2010

Millennium Challenge Corporation and WFP Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Global Food Security

WASHINGTON D.C. -- The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer Daniel W. Yohannes joined United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran to sign a memorandum of understanding today to scale up MCC’s and WFP’s global economic growth, poverty alleviation, and food security efforts. 

8 December 2010

Three Latvian Air Crew Working For UN Air Service Freed From Captivity in Darfur

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the news that three Latvian men working as helicopter aircrew for the WFP United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the western Sudanese region of Darfur, have been freed after more than a month in captivity.

Climate Change
4 December 2010

Oxfam and The World Food Programme Announce R4 Partnership For Resilient Livelihoods In A Changing Climate

Cancun, Mexico – Oxfam and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced they are seeking $28 million from public and private investors for their ground-breaking five-year partnership to help poor rural people protect their crops and livelihoods from the impact of climate change.


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