News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

ED - E.Cousin
21 March 2014

Central African Republic Exodus Worsens Regional Humanitarian Crisis: WFP

YAOUNDE – Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said today that the exodus of approximately 296,000 people from the Central African Republic (CAR) into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo, is creating a regional crisis in countries that were already short of food.

21 March 2014

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Home-Grown School Feeding In Mozambique

MAPUTO – The Government of Japan has confirmed a contribution of US$400,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique. The funds will be used to strengthen WFP’s local procurement and enable the establishment of a home-grown school feeding programme in the country.
21 March 2014

Norway Assists Malawians Affected By Hunger Due To Poor Harvest

LILONGWE – The Kingdom of Norway has contributed more than US$7.9 million (approximately MK 3.3 billion) to support vulnerable families suffering the effects of poor harvests in Malawi this year.

Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2014

Forgotten Crisis In CAR Rapidly Deteriorating Into A Neglected Tragedy, WFP Head Warns

BANGUI – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today witnessed alarming food insecurity and malnutrition in Central African Republic (CAR) amid a deadly combination of violence and insufficient funding for the humanitarian response.

Responding to Emergencies
18 March 2014

WFP Airdrops Food In South Sudan

JUBA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles. WFP launched the operation to feed people affected by conflict and to resupply isolated refugee camps where food stocks have dwindled.

WFP Ambassadors
17 March 2014

Indian TV Personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande Appointed WFP Celebrity Partner

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ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger, recently appointed Indian TV personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande as a Celebrity Partner. This echoes Uma’s commitment to support WFP in its work through her shows and network.

17 March 2014

United Nations in Jordan Observes Three Years since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

Amman, 15 March 2014 – Three years after the beginning of the devastating conflict in Syria, some 585,000 Syrians have fled their homes for safety in Jordan. Over half of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are children, who have witnessed unspeakable horrors and whose lives have been interrupted by violence and displacement. Most Syrian refugees have been displaced several times inside Syria before they took the difficult decision to leave their home country. After over 1,000 days of conflict the violence shows no sign of abating

14 March 2014

Bolivia: More Than 10,000 Children Will Receive WFP School Meals in Tarija

LA PAZ - Beginning this March, 10,417 children in rural schools in the municipalities of Entre Ríos and Padcaya will receive food supplied by WFP as part of a sustainable school feeding programme.

14 March 2014

Sri Lanka Donates Rice To WFP Operations At Home And Abroad

COLOMBO – The Government of Sri Lanka today delivered the first part of a donation of 50,000 metric tons of rice, valued at about US$22 million, to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution to people in need in Sri Lanka and ten other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Responding to Emergencies
10 March 2014

Syria Conflict Enters Fourth Year As Some Food Reaches Previously Inaccessible Areas

GENEVA/AMMAN – In the last few weeks, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) succeeded in reaching many areas of Syria that were inaccessible for months. But as the conflict enters its fourth year, delivering food to people in desperate need remains a challenge.


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