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8 March 2017

Empowerment Of Rural Women Is Fundamental For Achieving 2030 Agenda

ROME - Leaders from the three UN Rome-based agencies today marked International Women’s Day  by reinforcing their commitments to step up efforts to invest in the capacities of rural women as key agents of change in building a world without hunger.

7 March 2017

Japan Provides Timely Food Support As WFP Steps Up Efforts To Prevent Famine In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a contribution of some US$13 million from the Government of Japan to support WFP providing desperately-needed food assistance to seven million people in Yemen.
7 March 2017

Japan Contributes US$ 5 Million For Food Assistance In Rakhine State

YANGON - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million from the Government of Japan in support of WFP’s work in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
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6 March 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches 250,000 Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme reached 250,000 this week. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine, fuel for heating and warm clothing for winter.

6 March 2017

WFP Receives European Union Funding To Boost Nutrition In Burundi

BUJUMBURA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €5 million from the European Union (EU) to support the Home Grown School Feeding project and boost the nutrition of 20,000 children, mothers and pregnant women in central Burundi. 

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6 March 2017

WFP Launches First Mobile Cash Transfers For Humanitarian Assistance In Myanmar

YANGON –  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first pilot programme using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. Between 27 February and 1 March, 112 conflict-affected internally displaced families in three camps in Myitkyina Township of Kachin State received a monthly electronic credit allocation of  MMK 9,000 (US$ 7 ) per person for vulnerable households and MMK 13,000 (US$ 10) per person for the most vulnerable households on their phone to be used at local shops. The recipients had previously received this amount in banknotes.

6 March 2017

Dubai’s Awqaf And Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) Supports WFP’s Humanitarian Operations To Help Refugees In Jordan’s Azraq Camp

DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed 68,000 ready-to-eat meals to Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Azraq camp, thanks to a donation from WFP’s partner the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) of Dubai Government through its halal food relief programme, Salma.

6 March 2017

Japan Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance For Families Affected By Syria Crisis

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of more than US$15 million from the Government of Japan that will support almost six million people affected by the ongoing crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries.

5 March 2017

European Union Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance To Conflict-Affected Families In Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided life-saving emergency food assistance in 2016 to vulnerable families affected by the conflict in Syria thanks in part to contributions from the European Union (EU).

3 March 2017

Simulation Exercise Builds Emergency Response Capacity For DSWD, OCD And WFP

CLARK, PAMPANGA – The Philippine Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), together with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has conducted a simulation exercise from 27 February to 3 March 2017 to practice emergency logistics response during disasters.

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