News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
5 December 2014

WFP 72 Hour Syria Appeal Joins Forces With Music Industry Leader Aloe Blacc For #ADollarALifeline

ROME – As support continues to flow in to help feed Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is taking its unprecedented social media campaign to the next level with a new video supported by chart-topping musician Aloe Blacc.

4 December 2014

WFP 72-Hour Campaign #ADollarALifeline Brings In Dollars And Support For Syrian Refugees

ROME – In the first 24 hours, the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) unprecedented campaign raises $21.5 million for Syrian refugees. On Monday, WFP announced the suspension of the refugee food assistance programme. Rather than waiting for donors, WFP launched an unprecedented public appeal. In the first 24 hours, the money received from individuals, corporations and governments totals one-third of the $64 million required to fully reinstate the Syrian refugee food programme for 1.7 million people.

3 December 2014

Cambodia Inching Ahead In Zero Hunger Challenge; Still Not Enough, Study Shows

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia has made significant progress in tackling poverty, but much work still remains to be done to beat hunger and malnutrition as the country aims to become a lower middle income country in the next few years. This was the conclusion of a study by the Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI), an independent think tank, undertaken with support from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) under the guidance of the Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and senior national experts.

3 December 2014

For 64 Million People, It's A Dollar, For 1.7 Million Syrian Refugees It's A Lifeline


ROME – After being forced to suspend food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an ambitious 72-hour campaign to raise US$64million which will reinstate Syrian refugees’ food vouchers in December. 

Responding to Emergencies
1 December 2014

WFP Forced To Suspend Syrian Refugee Food Assistance, Warns Of Terrible Impact As Winter Nears

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has been forced to suspend a critical programme providing food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, due to a funding crisis.


1 December 2014

New Undernutrition Maps Will Enhance Decision Making For Nutrition Programming

First ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh launched

DHAKA – Interesting and relevant findings emerge from the first-ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh, launched today by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to aid policy makers, planners and researchers in decision-making on targeted and integrated nutrition-focused development.
First ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh launched

Climate Change
1 December 2014

Families Face High Food Prices Up To Eight Months After Climate Shocks, Study Shows

DHAKA - People affected by flood, drought and cyclones struggle with price peaks on food for up to eight months after the shocks, a new study has found. Data also demonstrates higher levels of acute undernutrition emerging in the wake of such climate-related events.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
1 December 2014

WFP Food Assistance Supports Successful Treatment Of People Living With HIV

Statement by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on World AIDS Day

ROME – We believe that food is life, and this World AIDS Day (1 December) the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating the work we do with our partners around the world to bring food assistance to more than 1.3 million people living with and affected by HIV and tuberculosis in 31 countries.

26 November 2014

US Government Helps WFP Continue Food Assistance To Millions Of Syrians With US$125 Million Contribution

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

ED - E.Cousin
25 November 2014

WFP Executive Director Meets Egyptian President In Rome

ROME – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met today with His Excellency Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his official trip to Rome.


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