News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

20 April 2010

Major Echo Donation to Support Emergency Assistance in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of US$23 million from the European Commission through the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), to support food assistance for 2.3 million vulnerable people in the country.

7 April 2010

Korean Government And Korean Film Star Jang Dong-Gun Help The Hungry In Laos

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today two generous contributions, one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) of the Republic of Korea, and the other from famous Korean actor, Mr Jang Dong Gun.

6 April 2010

High Malnutrition Rates, A Silent Emergency In DRC

KINSHASA -- Nutrition surveys carried out by the Congolese government, with the support of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), have found unusually high levels of malnutrition in children living in five provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Food For Assets
30 March 2010

WFP Launches Strategy To Bring Social Security And Stability To Haiti

Port au Prince – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that Haiti’s human capital will have a major role to play in providing safety nets for the most vulnerable, boosting local agriculture production and supporting local markets throughout the entire country in the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake.

Responding to Emergencies
12 March 2010

WFP Airlifts Food to Thousands of Congolese Refugees

BRAZZAVILLE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today started to airlift urgent food assistance from Pointe Noire to Impfondo in Likouala province to reach tens of thousands of Congolese refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who have moved into northern Republic of Congo (RoC).

11 March 2010

WFP Welcomes Investigation Into its Food Assistance Operations in Somalia

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would welcome an independent investigation into its food assistance operations in Somalia.  At the same time, the agency said it would not engage in any new work with three transport contractors named in a report from the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia, which alleged they were involved in arms-trading.

6 March 2010

WFP Airlifts Emergency Food To Help Earthquake Victims In Chile

PANAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today made its first airlift of food assistance for distribution among thousands of victims of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile on 27 February. 
School Meals
5 March 2010

WFP Reduces Rations for 460,000 Children in Cote D'Ivoire

ABIDJAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it had halved the size of school meals for almost 430,000 children in Côte d’Ivoire because of funding shortfalls and announced that it urgently needed US$6 million to restore full rations and keep feeding malnourished children.

5 March 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on WFP’s Deepening Partnership With Russia

The United Nations World Food Programme expanded its collaboration in areas from school feeding to emergency response with the Russian Federation during high-level meetings in Moscow this week.

Hunger Bytes
2 March 2010

The Hunger Bytes! Jury is in...Aspiring Filmmakers Win Trip to Guatemala

ROME – Two aspiring filmmakers from Mexico will be off to drought-ridden Guatemala to try out their film-making skills on the frontline against hunger after having won the grand prize for hunger bytes!, an annual viral video competition by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) designed to raise awareness and understanding of the world’s one billion hungry.


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