News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 May 2017

Japan Contributes US$6 Million To Assist Local Communities And Malian Refugees In Southern-Eastern Mauritania

The Government of Japan has provided US$6 million for the humanitarian efforts of three United Nations agencies in Mauritania: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

19 May 2017

WFP Delivers Food To Thousands Hit By Recent Violence In Central African Republic

BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is dispatching food by air and road to thousands of people in need of food assistance in conflict-torn Central African Republic (C.A.R.), where a new wave of violence has killed dozens of people and displaced thousands.
School Meals
18 May 2017

WFP Welcomes Canadian Earth Group Support For School Meals In Tajikistan

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan in partnership with Caritas Switzerland (Caritas) ) hosted a five-day visit for an organisation that raises money for school meals – the Canadian Earth Group – in Dushanbe and Muminabad 13 to 17 May 2017.

Cash and Vouchers
17 May 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches Half A Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. 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 and clothes.

16 May 2017

China Contributes US$5 Million To WFP To Support Refugees In Kenya

NAIROBI – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China to support 420,000 refugees living in camps in northern Kenya.

16 May 2017

United States Provides Crucial Support For People Living With HIV/AIDS In Southern Africa

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
15 May 2017

WFP Forced To Reduce Food Rations For Western Sahara Refugees As Ramadan Approaches

ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Algeria is appealing for urgent donor support for refugees from Western Sahara as severe lack of funding has forced the agency in May to reduce food rations by almost 20 percent.

Responding to Emergencies
15 May 2017

Over US$ 1.4 Billion Needed For South Sudan Refugees In 2017

GENEVA - The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

12 May 2017

China Donates US$ 5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $5 million contribution from the Government of China to provide desperately-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Northeast Nigeria, where the threat of famine is real and growing.

9 May 2017

DATES From Saudi Arabia To Enhance WFP School Meals For Thousands Of Children

MANILA – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is providing dates to thousands of school children in Central Mindanao through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A gift from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief), the 30 metric tonnes of dates will be distributed by WFP through its school meals programme.


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