News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

13 June 2016

New Contribution From USAID To Boost WFP Food Assistance And Humanitarian Air Transport

Kabul – In the first half of 2016, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed US$19 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan to support both the WFP-led United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), and WFP food assistance to vulnerable people.
10 June 2016

WFP Food Reaches Families In The Besieged Town Of Darayya

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.

School Meals
9 June 2016

Ground-Breaking School Feeding Analysis Launched

WASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, was released today by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank (WB).

9 June 2016

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger Calls For Sustained Efforts To Break Cycle Of Hunger In Malawi

LILONGWE - Leading Japanese model and UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Kurara Chibana, has said she was impressed to see communities affected by last year’s floods and more recently by drought working hard to recover their livelihoods in Malawi.
8 June 2016

Vulnerable People In Mauritania At Risk Of Missing Out On Life-Saving Support

 NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent financial support, it will be forced to suspend its vital food and nutrition assistance as of September to 415,000 vulnerable Mauritanians who are already struggling to have enough food to eat to lead a healthy life as the lean season sets in.

7 June 2016

“We Came with Nothing, We Have Nothing”: Thousands flee Fallujah as Fighting Intensifies

Joint Press Statement: UNICEF, WFP, IOM & WHO

BAGHDAD – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

6 June 2016

WFP Begins Food Deliveries To Communities Suffering El Niño Drought And Frost In Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with CARE International and provincial authorities, begins food distributions today in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea, which has experienced drought and periodic frost conditions since 2015. In two of the most affected provinces —Enga and Hela — 25,400 households will receive the first 70 kg ration of fortified rice lasting six weeks. WFP plans to reach 180,000 people in urgent need of food assistance in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2016

WFP Plan To Provide Humanitarian Aid Deliveries By Air In Syria

In response to the request of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) WFP has developed a plan to provide humanitarian aid deliveries by air to besieged areas inside Syria. The plan considers the various modes of delivery that would be possible to the 19 besieged areas identified by the UN.

3 June 2016

WFP Partners With Timor-Leste Medical Supply Agency To Bring Specialised Nutritious Food To Women And Children

DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with Timor-Leste’s Medical and Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (SAMES) to ensure that mothers and children get specialized nutritious food in a timely and efficient manner.

2 June 2016

WFP Delivers Food To 56,000 Bangladesh Flood Victims After Cyclone Roanu

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is mobilising emergency food assistance for nearly 56,000 people in southern Bangladesh, about a week after the area was hit by Cyclone Roanu.



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