News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 October 2015

UN Agencies Respond To Growing Food Insecurity In Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are expanding their operations in response to growing food insecurity as a result of poor harvests across much of southern Africa. There will be an estimated 27.4 million food-insecure people in the region during the next six months, according to the Southern African Development Community 2015 Vulnerability Assessments.*

Responding to Emergencies
16 October 2015

As Hunger Grips Syrian Families, European Commission Boosts Support For WFP

BRUSSELS – As half the population of Syria struggle to meet their food needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €30 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to its emergency food assistance in Syria.

16 October 2015

On World Food Day, WFP Urges People Across The World To Help Achieve #ZeroHunger

MILAN – Speaking today at World Food Day events in Italy, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), appealed to the entire global community to take action and help to ensure that the world achieves #ZeroHunger.

14 October 2015

WFP Reaches Newly Displaced People With Life-Saving Food In Central African Republic

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached more than 30,000 newly displaced people in desperate need of food in the Central African Republic’s capital after a new surge in violence. The assistance follows WFP being forced to briefly suspend its operation during attacks.

12 October 2015

WFP Focuses On Reaching Most Needy Bhutan Refugees, As Funding Declines

KATHMANDU – Most Bhutan refugees in Nepal will receive a 30 per cent smaller food ration from next year as part of an effort by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to stretch limited resources further to ensure full rations can continue for the poorest and most vulnerable.
8 October 2015

Japan Announces US$1 Million Grant To WFP’s Resilience-Strengthening Work In South Sudan

JUBA – The Government of Japan has announced a US$1 million contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support activities enabling communities in South Sudan to restore livelihoods and enhance their resilience against future shocks that affect their food security.

Responding to Emergencies
8 October 2015

WFP Begins Humanitarian Assistance To Families Fleeing Kunduz Fighting

KABUL - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance to people displaced by the recent upsurge of fighting in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz.

7 October 2015

Japan’s New Contribution Boosts WFP’s Assistance In Gaza

RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan has announced a US$4 million (JPY 440,000 million) donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the most vulnerable Palestinian families living in Gaza.

6 October 2015

Crisis In Central African Republic Leads To New Refugee Influx; Agencies Struggle To Meet Humanitarian Needs

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 6 October 2015 – The escalation of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) caused over 2,000 people, most of them women and children, to flee into neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) within one week.


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