News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
24 December 2013

WFP Provides Food For South Sudanese Displaced By Current Conflict

JUBA – The World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food to South Sudanese civilians who have fled recent violence.  Food distributions began on Sunday for some 30,000 civilians sheltering in UNMISS peacekeeping compounds in Juba and Bentiu, and WFP plans in the coming days to assist more people who are displaced in other parts of the country.

23 December 2013

Rome-Based UN Agencies Join Forces On Food Losses

Switzerland to fund $2.7 million project with pilot activities in three African countries

23 December 2013

WFP Welcomes German Contribution To Combat Malnutrition And Support Girls’ Education In Yemen

SANA’A – At a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Government of Germany formally pledged a contribution of €25 million (US$33.77 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to combat malnutrition and support girls’ education in Yemen.
Responding to Emergencies
18 December 2013

Aid Principals Call For Action To Increase Humanitarian Access And Funding For Syria Crisis

Statement by Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director UN World Food Programme, Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and Anthony Lake, Executive Director UN Children's Fund.

Responding to Emergencies
16 December 2013

WFP Scales Up Its Syria Emergency Operation As Growing Numbers Struggle For Food

DAMASCUS – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is expanding its emergency operation to provide food assistance to over 7 million displaced Syrians inside their country and in neighbouring countries. Recent assessments show that almost half the population inside Syria is food insecure and close to 6.3 million people need urgent, life-saving, food assistance.

15 December 2013

UN Airlifts Humanitarian Aid To Northeast Syria As Displaced Families Face Harsh Winter

QAMISHLY, Syria – The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), and UNICEF have started airlifting urgently needed humanitarian aid from Erbil, Iraq, to Qamishly in northeast Syria as displaced families start to face one of the harshest winters ever as winter storm “Alexa” dumped large amounts of snow and brought cold temperatures to the region.

14 December 2013

Korean Contribution To Improve Afghan Community Resilience Against Shocks

Kabul – The Government of the Republic of Korea announced a contribution of US$ 9 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to support asset-creation projects to boost food security in Afghanistan. The donation was formalised in a signing ceremony in Rome attended by high-level representatives from the Government of Korea as well as senior WFP officials.

ED - E.Cousin
14 December 2013

Financial Services For Rural Poor Vital, Say Queen Maxima And Top U.N. Officials

Tanzania trip ends with calls for more joint efforts on financial inclusion and food security.

Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

WFP Provides Internally Displaced Syrians With Fuel For Stoves As Temperatures Plummet

DAMASCUS – As Syrians face a harsh winter amid civil war for a third consecutive year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing close to 10,000 litres of fuel to internally displaced families living in ten shelters in Damascus. The fuel is used in stoves for both cooking and heating. Further distribution of fuel is planned for an additional 35 shelters in Homs, Hama and Rural Damascus in the next few days.

Hunger in the news
13 December 2013

WFP Appoints Japanese Model Kurara Chibana As National Ambassador Against Hunger

TOKYO – Japanese model Kurara Chibana was today appointed the first National Ambassador against Hunger for Japan for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Elisabeth Rasmusson, WFP’s Assistant Executive Director for Partnership and Governance Services, announced the appointment at a ceremony in Tokyo during her visit to Japan, and presented Chibana with a €2 WFP commemorative coin, a symbolic payment for her dedication.


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