News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Preventing Hunger
17 December 2009

WFP and Iraqi Trade Ministry Form Partnership to Strengthen Food Distribution Capacity

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade (MOT), under which the two parties will work together to improve the supply chain management of the Public Distribution System (PDS), which provides a monthly food ration to millions of Iraqis.
Climate Change
16 December 2009

WFP Launches Safe Stoves Initiative to Protect Women And Save Fuel

COPENHAGEN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to women in Sudan and Uganda, to reduce the risk of violence they run while gathering firewood and at the same time protect the environment.
ED - J.Sheeran
10 December 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Luxembourg's Commitment to the Fight Against Hunger

Today, a record one billion people – mostly women and children – go to bed hungry. WFP's mission of reaching the hungry is more important than ever, and we continue to depend on the support of more than 100 nations to do our vital work.

Preventing Hunger
8 December 2009

ECHO Contribution Fights Malnutrition Among Women, Children in Northern Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today €7.5 million ($US11.3 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) would be used to address high levels of malnutrition among children, pregnant and nursing mothers in Kenya’s arid North.
Climate Change
7 December 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Using New Technology In Fight Against Hunger

As hunger reaches unprecedented levels, striking more than a billion people for the first time in history, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying technology in new ways to help get food onto the plates of the hungry, while supporting local markets.

Students And Teachers
29 November 2009

WFP Lauds Students for Ideas on Tackling Hunger

NEW DELHI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today hosted hundreds of students who came to the Capital to receive awards from the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, for writing essays about innovative strategies to fight hunger in India.

Responding to Emergencies
25 November 2009

WFP Boosts Assistance to Displaced People in ROC And DRC

KINSHASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up deliveries to northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo and to the neighbouring Republic of Congo to feed tens of thousands of Congolese people displaced by a recent upsurge of violence in and around Dongo village in DRC’s Equateur province.
School Meals
24 November 2009

School Meals Boost Education And Food Security For Children During Financial And Food Crises

WASHINGTON - As governments worldwide continue to grapple with fallout from the global economic crisis, a new report from the World Bank and the World Food Programme (WFP) shows that school feeding and other food-based safety net programs are vital to keeping children in school, improving their learning and health, and promoting food security.

Preventing Hunger
24 November 2009

South African Donation Helps WFP to Feed The Hungry in The Horn

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of R3 million (US$400,000) from the Government of South Africa, which will help the agency to feed thousands of hungry families in the Horn of Africa region.
24 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Humanitarian Situation in Yemen

As the holiday of Eid al-Adha approaches, our thoughts are with tens of thousands of displaced people in northern Yemen who will not be able to celebrate Eid in their own homes.


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