News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

25 February 2010

WFP Boosts Humanitarian Rapid Response Capacity in Asia With New Base in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached a landmark agreement with the Government of Malaysia to establish the first United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Asia, based in Subang, Malaysia.

Responding to Emergencies
12 February 2010

Haiti: Food Security Task Force Established By Three Rome-based United Nations Agencies

ROME – The heads of the three United Nations Rome-based agencies announced the establishment of a Task Force for Food Security in Haiti.  The Task Force will support the government of Haiti in the implementation of a concerted, coherent and targeted, immediate and longer-term food security strategy that integrates agricultural production, and social safety nets.

Responding to Emergencies
12 February 2010

WFP to Roll Out Food and Cash for Work Programmes Across Haiti

ROME – One month after a devastating earthquake shattered the lives of millions in Haiti, the World Food Programme (WFP) is partnering with the Haitian government to roll out an urgent early recovery strategy for the millions affected by the disaster by using food and cash to empower local populations to rebuild their lives.

Aid professionals
8 February 2010

World Food Programme Announces New Deputy Executive Director

ROME – WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran today announced the appointment of Ramiro Lopes da Silva of Portugal - a 25-year veteran of key WFP emergency operations around the world - as the agency's new Deputy Executive Director of External Relations.  Lopes da Silva was recently deployed to Haiti, to lead the vital emergency response there.

5 February 2010

Media Advisory: Supporting Haitian-led Food Security

ROME - On the one month anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Haitian Agriculture Minister Joanas Gue will convene a high level meeting to discuss the country’s medium and long-term agricultural development, food security and nutrition planning process. 

Climate Change
4 February 2010

WFP Partners With Uttarakhand Government to Combat Climate Change and Strengthen Food Security

DEHRADUN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed Thursday a commitment by the State of Uttarakhand to help agriculture-dependent communities adapt to climate change.

3 February 2010

WFP Thanks World for Unprecedented Outpouring of Aid for Haiti

ROME - United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran today thanked the world for generosity and compassion for the people of Haiti, with donors -- ranging from governments to companies and even internet gamers -- raising almost US$230 million in cash and donating valuable goods and services.
Responding to Emergencies
2 February 2010

Number Of Hungry Quadruples in Southern Sudan Amidst Conflict and Drought

JUBA – The number of people in southern Sudan in need of food assistance has more than quadrupled from almost 1 million in 2009 to 4.3 million this year because of conflict and drought, UN food agencies and Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said today.
1 February 2010

Australian Government Aid Boosts Emergency Response Capacity in Timor-Leste

SAME – Emergency response capacity in Timor-Leste has been given a considerable boost with the opening of three warehouses built or refurbished by funds donated by the Australian Government, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced Monday.


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