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26 August 2014

WFP Starts Food Distributions Following Floods In Kurigram, Sirajganj And Jamalpur

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.
25 August 2014

WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia.  Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

22 August 2014

WFP Condemns Ration Card Scam In Bossaso

BOSSASO/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges residents of Bossaso to beware of a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2014

Saudi Arabia Contribution Saves Lives, Allows WFP To Rapidly Respond To Food Crisis In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to scale up food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis displaced from their homes in recent weeks thanks to a generous contribution of US$148.9 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

19 August 2014

World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

Cash and Vouchers
18 August 2014

WFP Launches ‘Foodcard’ Voucher System In Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camps

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a brand-new electronic food card system to allow refugee families to choose the food they want and need in Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar.

 

14 August 2014

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Support Fight Against Hunger In Chad And C.A.R.

N’DJAMENA/BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of 640 million JPY (US$6.25 million) from the Government of Japan to provide vital food assistance to refugees and displaced people in Chad and in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

Journalists
12 August 2014

United States Government Contributes US$180 Million To Help Prevent Famine In South Sudan

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$180 million to help the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continue providing nutritious food assistance in South Sudan, which faces one of the most threatening hunger crises in the world.

Responding to Emergencies
12 August 2014

WFP Executive Director Visits Food Assistance Operation in Syria

DAMASCUS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a one-day visit to Damascus on Tuesday where she met with WFP staff, senior government officials and visited a WFP food distribution to oversee progress and discuss the operational challenges of one of the agency’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations worldwide.

Journalists
12 August 2014

France Steps Up Efforts To Assist South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The French government has announced a contribution of €500,000 (US$669,500) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutritional support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

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