News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Preventing Hunger
19 November 2009

Spain Doubles Aid to WFP to Help Fight Hunger in Horn of Africa

ROME – Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, today announced a donation of €75 million (US$112m) to the United Nations World Food Programme in response to the critical hunger situation in the Horn of Africa.
17 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on the World Food Summit and Feeding the Hungry Billion

As delegates at the World Summit on Food Security discuss urgent measures to counter the forward march of hunger, we must mobilise all world citizens – not just global leaders –to feed the more than one billion hungry people around the world.

Aid professionals
17 November 2009

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon Commemorates Pakistan Bomb Victims And Salutes WFP Staff

ROME - The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme in a commemoration at WFP headquarters to remember the five men and women who died last month in a bomb blast in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
School Meals
17 November 2009

WFP Launches School Meals Pilot Programme in Iraq

SULAYMANIYAH - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a pilot programme to provide 172,000 Iraqi primary school children with a free daily snack at school to help boost school attendance and learning and improve food security in eight of the country’s poorest districts.
ED - J.Sheeran
16 November 2009

Three Rome-based UN Agencies Launch Food Security Strategy On Eve of World Food Summit

ROME -- On the eve of the World Summit on Food Security, the governing bodies of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have all approved a strategy for collaboration between the three agencies.
Responding to Emergencies
14 November 2009

WFP Calls For Citizen Action To Feed 1 Billion Hungry

ROME – At a time when funds to feed the hungry are hard to come by, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged ordinary people to put food on the table of the world’s hungry by supporting the “Billion for a Billion” online campaign.
Responding to Emergencies
10 November 2009

Heavy Rainfall Leaves 10,000 In Need Of Food Assistance In El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has estimated that as many as 10,000 people will need urgent food assistance in the coming days after heavy rains swept across El Salvador, leaving more than 100 people dead and causing extensive damage.
Responding to Emergencies
9 November 2009

WFP Reaches Close To 100,000 People In Yemen Amidst Continued Fighting

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have reached almost 100,000 displaced Yemenis with food assistance in four northern governorates since August when a new round of fighting erupted between government troops and rebel forces.
9 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director on China and Africa

I applaud the declaration by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation underlining the important role that investment in food security, agriculture and infrastructure plays in meeting the food needs of Africa’s people.

5 November 2009

WFP Airdrops Food Into Southern Sudan To Feed Thousands Of People

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced air drops of food assistance into Southern Sudan to feed 155,600 people cut off from road access during current rains in areas hit by conflict, high food prices and poor harvests because of drought.


Fighting Hunger Worldwide