News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

27 October 2015

Government, UN Food Agencies Warn Of Deteriorating Food Security In Southern Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – Nearly 1.9 million people - 46 percent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar - are now food insecure with 450,000 of them facing severe food insecurity, according to the Crop and Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), an assessment by the Government of Madagascar, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).

23 October 2015

World Food Programme Celebrates The 70th Anniversary Of The United Nations

ROME – The anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Charter provides an opportunity to recognize the vision of a world “free of fear or want,” a goal as relevant today as it was 70 years ago, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), said today.

Responding to Emergencies
22 October 2015

UN Calls For Immediate Access To Conflict-Affected Areas To Prevent Catastrophe In South Sudan

3.9 million people now face severe hunger; tens of thousands on brink of famine.

JUBA – Three UN agencies today warned that extreme hunger is pushing people to the brink of a catastrophe in parts of South Sudan, as a new analysis found that 3.9 million people nationwide now face severe food insecurity.

22 October 2015

WFP Chief Sees At First Hand Food And Nutrition Challenges In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – Seeing the challenges facing nearly 1 million food-insecure people amid rising malnutrition, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that a shortage of funding could have drastic consequences for vulnerable Mauritanians and Malian refugees.

20 October 2015

WFP Food Reaches Donetsk After Months Of Restricted Humanitarian Access

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is sending food to the non-government-controlled area in Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine for the first time since all humanitarian activities were suspended there three months ago.

20 October 2015

Grim Picture Of Destruction Caused By Myanmar Floods: Huge Livestock And Paddy Losses

YANGON – Recent flooding in Myanmar had a devastating impact on agricultural livelihoods and food security, according to a joint Government-United Nations report released today. Nearly 470 000 hectares of rice paddy were affected and almost a quarter of a million livestock were killed, including poultry, cattle, pigs and goats, when Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar in late July and early August this year.

19 October 2015

UN Agencies Respond To Growing Food Insecurity In Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are expanding their operations in response to growing food insecurity as a result of poor harvests across much of southern Africa. There will be an estimated 27.4 million food-insecure people in the region during the next six months, according to the Southern African Development Community 2015 Vulnerability Assessments.*

Responding to Emergencies
16 October 2015

As Hunger Grips Syrian Families, European Commission Boosts Support For WFP

BRUSSELS – As half the population of Syria struggle to meet their food needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €30 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to its emergency food assistance in Syria.

16 October 2015

On World Food Day, WFP Urges People Across The World To Help Achieve #ZeroHunger

MILAN – Speaking today at World Food Day events in Italy, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appealed to the entire global community to take action and help to ensure that the world achieves #ZeroHunger.

14 October 2015

WFP Reaches Newly Displaced People With Life-Saving Food In Central African Republic

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in the Central African Republic’s capital after a new surge in violence. The assistance follows WFP being forced to briefly suspend its operation during attacks.


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