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25 September 2014

International Leaders Gather At United Nations To Promise Action On Zero Hunger Challenge

NEW YORK – Leaders in the fight against world hunger will gather Thursday at the United Nations to commit themselves to end hunger in our lifetime. With 1 in 9 people in the world hungry, it is one of the most challenging problems of our time, but one that can be eliminated.
24 September 2014

Humanitarian Assistance Helps Stabilise South Sudan Food Security, But Concerns Remain For Next Year, WFP Warns

JUBA – In the wake of a new food security analysis announcing improvements in South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has provided food assistance to more than 2.5 million people in the country since the start of the year, is warning that the outlook remains grim for early 2015, especially in conflict affected states.

Responding to Emergencies
23 September 2014

WFP Food Assistance Reaches Over 1 Million Displaced People Across Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided urgently needed food assistance to more than 1 million people across Iraq who were displaced since conflict erupted in mid-June, despite a challenging security situation and the continuous movement of people.

Climate Change
23 September 2014

Innovative Climate-Risk Solution Expands To Insure Farmers In Malawi And Zambia

NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).

22 September 2014

The EU And WFP Launch A Project To Fight Child Labour Through Education In Egypt

BRUSSELS/CAIRO – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today  launched a €60 million project to combat child labour and improve access to education for children who are at risk of entering the labour market.

22 September 2014

School Meals In The Lead As WFP Participates In The Eighth Kathmandu Marathon

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has participated in the eighth annual Kathmandu Marathon to highlight the importance of school meals programmes in fighting hunger. WFP has been supporting the school meals programme of the Government of Nepal since 1996.

ED - E.Cousin
19 September 2014

WFP Executive Director Travels To New York Ahead Of The UN General Assembly

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin will arrive in New York on Sunday, September 22, for the 69th UN General Assembly.

19 September 2014

Nepalese “Zero Hunger” Drawing Wins Prize In WFP’s Global Children’s Art Competition

KATHMANDU – Fourteen-year-old Dhan Bahadur Bohara of Bajhang district of Nepal has been named as one of the winners in a global children's design competition, organised by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Responding to Emergencies
18 September 2014

Int'l Financial Institutions To Provide US$21.7 M To Meet Food Needs As Ebola Crisis Deepens

ROME/WASHINGTON - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) will receive $21.7 million from two international financial institutions. This contribution will help support the increasing need for food assistance amid the worsening Ebola epidemic.

Responding to Emergencies
18 September 2014

Funding Shortfall Forces WFP To Announce Cutbacks To Syrian Food Assistance Operation

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that it is running out of funds to provide food for almost 6 million Syrians receiving its life-saving assistance. In Syria, the size of next month’s food ration will be reduced and in neighbouring countries the number of refugees receiving food or vouchers will be cut.

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