News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Focus on Women
2 July 2010

WFP to Double Number of People Receiving Food Assistance in Drought hit Niger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that it is scaling up operations in the drought-hit West African country of Niger in the light of a shocking new government survey showing malnutrition rates among young children at emergency levels.

1 July 2010

WFP Food Assistance Crosses Border From Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan

OSH, Kyrgyzstan – The United Nations World Food Programme is continuing daily distributions of assistance in southern Kyrgyzstan with supplies boosted by the arrival of a convoy of trucks from neighbouring Uzbekistan carrying UN humanitarian relief for victims of ethnic violence.

30 June 2010

WFP Media Advisory: The “f-word” – Hunger in the Media WFP and Thomson Reuters Foundation Host London Hunger Event

LONDON – Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and Monique Villa, CEO of Thomson Reuters Foundation, will open a day of discussions on the issue of Hunger on Friday 2 July.  

Responding to Emergencies
24 June 2010

WFP Chief Operating Officer Visits Food Distribution in Kyrgyzstan Crisis Zone

OSH – As barricades come down in the southern Kyrgyzstan city of Osh and refugees begin to return, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is intensifying efforts to bring food to residents whose lives have been shattered by ethnic conflict.

Hunger in the news
24 June 2010

WFP Boosts Sales of Food Produced by Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially launched the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Ethiopia. Through the project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WFP plans to support almost 70,000 smallholder farmers by purchasing some 126,000 metric tons of food over the next five years.

24 June 2010

UNICEF and WFP appeal for urgent mobilization of the international community to fight child malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY – The nutritional situation of children in Niger has deteriorated considerably in the last 12 months, according to the results of the annual survey on child nutrition publicly released this Thursday. The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF urge the international community to mobilize all necessary resources to enable them to protect and heal suffering children.

Responding to Emergencies
24 June 2010

Six in Ten Homes Go Hungry in Chadian Sahel

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is using the results of an Emergency Food Security Assessment to ensure food gets to those who need it most in drought-hit areas of the Chadian Sahel.

Responding to Emergencies
21 June 2010

WFP Flies in Aid, Builds Humanitarian Hub in Southern Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is accelerating the delivery of food assistance to Kyrgyzstan with the arrival of a plane-load of aid in the city of Osh today.

Responding to Emergencies
19 June 2010

WFP Ramps Up Food Deliveries For Victims Of Kyrgyzstan Crisis

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme is delivering desperately needed food to thousands of people fleeing violent clashes, many of whom are trapped in neighbourhoods in southern Kyrgyzstan’s main city Osh.

18 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on How Cash and Food for Work Are Helping Haiti Recover

This week Haitians in Jacmel who have been clearing rubble, installing drainage and making other community improvements are receiving cash and food wages as part of WFP’s new food and cash for work programmes.  For most people these are the first wages they’ve earned since the earthquake struck on January 12. 


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