News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
15 September 2010

FAO/IFAD/WFP to Accelerate Assistance to Pakistan Flood Victims

Rome  - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working together to address urgent  food security challenges in Pakistan, following the recent flood disaster which destroyed  food stocks and approximately 10 percent of the country’s standing crops, leaving an estimated 10 million people vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. Cooperation between FAO, IFAD and WFP is  a fundamental part of the recovery effort.

School Meals
7 September 2010

School Meals in Cape Verde: a National Success Story

ROME – After more than 30 years of collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Cape Verde has today taken full ownership of its national school meals programme, setting an example for many other developing countries to follow.

Students And Teachers
7 September 2010

FreeRice 2.0: Feeding Minds While Feeding the Hungry

ROME – Does the word arundinaceous mean long and thin or someone who talks too much? Is an aleconner a beer-taster or a kind of bird? Does scunner mean deep dislike or something you’d find on a boat?

3 September 2010

Pakistan Operational Update

ISLAMABAD – A month after torrential monsoon rains caused Pakistan’s worst natural disaster , leaving flood victims at risk of hunger and disease, WFP is ramping up its emergency operation to ensure that the most vulnerable people continue to receive life-saving food assistance and children do not slip into malnutrition.

Responding to Emergencies
31 August 2010

UNICEF/WFP Chiefs Call for Renewed Support to Pakistan's Flood Victims

Islamabad – The Executive Directors of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community to step up their support for the victims of the ongoing floods in Pakistan.

ED - J.Sheeran
30 August 2010

Travel Advisory: WFP Executive Director to Visit Pakistan Flood Zone

ISLAMABAD – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is to visit Pakistan between August 31 and September 1.

Responding to Emergencies
24 August 2010

WFP to Expand Kyrgyzstan Operations Before Winter Sets in

OSH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up its operations in Kyrgyzstan, taking into account rising food prices, a poor harvest, the onset of winter and the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in June.

School Meals
24 August 2010

WFP in Central African Republic May Cut Feeding Hungry Because of Lack of Funds

BANGUI – Tens of thousands of people risk becoming malnourished unless critical new funding is secured for the World Food Programme in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2010

At Least 40 Helicopters Needed To Reach Communities Stranded By Pakistan Floods

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today estimates that it requires at least 40 additional heavy-lift helicopters in Pakistan to reach the huge number of people cut off from land assistance by the recent floods with desperately needed emergency food and other humanitarian supplies.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2010

Niger & Sahel Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - With millions of people facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests and high food prices, WFP is scaling up to reach almost 8 million people with food assistance over the next 6 months.


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