News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 December 2013

U.S. Ambassador Leads Distribution Of food For Hungry Families In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – To help combat food insecurity in the Arta region of Djibouti, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi led a food distribution to 200 vulnerable families today. Those families received vital food rations that were contributed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of a substantial donation of food for 2013, and distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

Hunger in the news
29 November 2013

On World AIDS Day, WFP's Food And Nutrition Support Keeps People Living With HIV Healthy

From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

ROME – Proper food and good nutrition can keep people living with HIV healthy and improve the effectiveness of their treatment. On World AIDS Day (1 December) this year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to play a role in the tremendous progress made in the battle against HIV/AIDS in recent years.

28 November 2013

Harvests In DPR Korea Up 5 Percent For Third Year But Chronic Malnutrition Persists

ROME/PYONGYANG – A nationwide assessment by two United Nations agencies shows an increase in staple food production in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for the third year running.

Responding to Emergencies
26 November 2013

By Air, Land And Sea, Food Assistance Reaches Outlying Areas Hit By Typhoon Haiyan

TACLOBAN, Philippines – As assessments of the devastation wreaked by Super-Typhoon Haiyan highlight the immediate need to provide food assistance to all affected communities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extending its reach with airlifts, ferry services and trucks.

Cash and Vouchers
25 November 2013

WFP Iraq Uses Smart Cards To Provide Immediate Cash Assistance

BAGHDAD – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has begun to use smart cards to deliver cash assistance in Iraq to participants in its cash-for-assets projects in Baghdad, Diyala and Ninewah.

22 November 2013

WFP Launches New Nutrition Strategy For Latin America And Caribbean

PANAMA CITY –The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean launched today a new Regional Nutrition Strategy that aims to provide a nutritional model for WFP on how to engage with governments of middle income countries. 

ED - E.Cousin
22 November 2013

WFP Executive Director Commends Joint Initiatives With The Government Of India In The Fight Against Hunger And Malnutrition

NEW DELHI – At the end of a two-day visit to India, the UN World Food Programme’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin has congratulated the Government of India for the National Food Security Act that has made the right to food legally enforceable.

21 November 2013

WFP Marks 50 Years Of Fighting Hunger In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today marks 50 years of providing crucial food assistance to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people in Sudan.

21 November 2013

WFP Receives A Contribution From India In Support Of Yemen’s Poorest Households

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a US$1.8 million contribution from the Government of India that will support 121,300 of the most vulnerable people in Yemen for the next six months.
21 November 2013

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Continued Support For Food Insecure Palestinians

RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan today renewed its commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing US$3.4 million (JPY 340 million) in support of the most vulnerable, food-insecure Palestinians in the West Bank.


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