News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

2 December 2010

As Temperatures Plunge, WFP Georgia Warms up the Most Vulnerable With Food Rations

TBILISI – As the winter weather in the Republic of Georgia begins to bite, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced Wednesday that it will distribute vital food supplies to feed 6,700 of the country’s most vulnerable people over the next few months.

Purchase for Progress
30 November 2010

WFP Hails Mozambique As Crucible Of Innovative Hunger Solution

MAPUTO – Mozambique was today hailed for its pioneering role in supporting the UN World Food Programme’s innovative Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative that helps connect small scale farmers to markets as well as improving the quality and supply of their products.

30 November 2010

WFP Provides Winter Food Rations for Most Vulnerable in the Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said Monday that 350,000 people across the country, many of them hit indirectly by this year’s civil strife, are receiving food rations to help them through the long cold winter months. 

27 November 2010

WFP to Assist 31,000 Colombians Affected by Heavy Rains and Floods

BOGOTA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will assist 31,000 people affected by the worst rainy season recorded in recent decades.  Heavy rain has affected more than half of the territory and 28 of the 32 departments of the country.

23 November 2010

Give Thanks - Give Rice This Thanksgiving Holiday

ROME – One of the easiest ways to help a hungry child this Thanksgiving holiday is to play Freerice (, the unique online game that allows participants to give rice to the hungry with the click of a mouse.

23 November 2010

Egypt Hosts a Global Meeting on Child Nutrition in February

CAIRO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Egyptian government will hold an international forum in February to expand the global momentum in the fight against child malnutrition.


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