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6 October 2016

WFP Introduces Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Zaatari

AMMAN – The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has introduced an innovative iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, allowing 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets using a scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or e-cards.

6 October 2016

KOICA & WFP Partnership Builds Shock Resistance In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

5 October 2016

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Continued Support For Food Insecure Palestinians In Gaza

RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan has announced a JPY 260 million (US$2.6 million approximately) donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinian families living in Gaza.

5 October 2016

World Food Programme Scales Up Emergency Operations In Southern Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – As a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of Madagascar, the World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition.

5 October 2016

Republic Of Korea Becomes Top Donor To WFP In The Islamic Republic Of Iran

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an unprecedented contribution of US$4 million from the Government of the Republic of Korea to support WFP food assistance to refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as helping to promote education for refugee girls.

5 October 2016

WFP In Uganda Welcomes UK Contribution For Refugees & Karamoja Communities

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today thanked the United Kingdom for recent contributions amounting to more than US$21 million to support WFP’s food assistance programmes in Uganda, noting that the funds are already making a difference for people in Karamoja and for refugees.
5 October 2016

UK Contribution Helps Maintain Assistance To Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – Thanks to a £1 million (US$1.3 million) contribution from Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed, in the short term, to avoid cutting rations destined for refugees in Tanzania.

4 October 2016

WFP Mobilizes To Assist People Affected By Hurricane Matthew

PORT AU PRINCE –  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is mobilizing to respond if requested by Caribbean countries in the path of Hurricane Matthew, as it struck Haiti on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane.

4 October 2016

KOICA and WFP Partner To Promote Food Security And Reduce Poverty In Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a three-year agreement to improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks for more than 80,000 vulnerable people in four Kyrgyz provinces.

3 October 2016

WFP Executive Director Visits Drought-Hit Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has arrived in Madagascar for a three-day visit, as the country comes to grips with the devastating impact of three years of drought.

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