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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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26 January 2017

WFP Providing Life-Saving Food To People Returning To Eastern Aleppo City

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has stepped up support to tens of thousands of displaced Syrians returning home to the ruins of eastern Aleppo city, providing families with hot meals, ready-to-eat canned food and staple food items such as rice, beans, vegetable oil and lentils.

24 January 2017

WFP Appreciates China’s Support For More Than 15,000 Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

BEIRUT – The World Food Programme (WFP) received this month a generous donation of US$500,000 from the People’s Republic of China to support WFP to provide food assistance for some 15,700 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees in January.

24 January 2017

WFP Executive Director In Nigeria To Visit Northeast Torn By Boko Haram Conflict

ABUJA – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin arrives in Nigeria late Tuesday for talks with government officials and to visit the Northeast, where WFP is assisting more than a million people who lives were wrecked by Boko Haram violence

24 January 2017

Joint Government And WFP Programme Helps Ultra-Poor Cope Better With Effects Of Climate Change

DHAKA – People are less likely to sell assets, go into debt or resort to skipping meals when their lives are disrupted by the effects of climate change, if they have received a simple package of training and cash grants, a new study has shown.

23 January 2017

Spain Supports Mothers And Children In Syria Through WFP

MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €700,000 contribution from the Government of Spain to support the health and nutritional status of pregnant and breastfeeding women in warn-torn Syria

23 January 2017

WFP Welcomes $20 Million From USA For Emergency Food Assistance To Returnees

Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of USD 20 million from the Government of the United States of America for emergency food assistance for some 550,000 returnees and displaced people in Afghanistan. This emergency operation has already been running for five months and WFP has reached 200,000 people so far.
Responding to Emergencies
23 January 2017

Record German Funding To WFP Delivers Lifeline To Syrians, Boosts Global Zero Hunger Efforts

BERLIN – Germany’s support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reached an all-time record in 2016 of €791.5 million.

20 January 2017

WFP Executive Director Expresses Support For Global Resilience-Building Coalition

DAVOS – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today issued the following statement in support of the One Billion Coalition for Resilience (1BC) initiative at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Convened by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), 1BC is an initiative to mobilize resources and efforts in order to build resilience on a global scale.

Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2017

Haiti: New Assessment Shows Food Insecurity Halved In The Areas Affected By Hurricane Matthew

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Three months after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity in Grande-Anse and Sud - the most affected areas - has declined steadily from approximately 1 million to 400,000, a recent assessment shows.

For Companies
18 January 2017

World Food Programme Honours Mastercard As A “Hunger Hero”

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has honoured Ajay Banga, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mastercard, in recognition of outstanding contributions towards achieving Zero Hunger.

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