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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
5 March 2018

WFP reaches Eastern Ghouta with desperately needed food amid crippling siege

DAMASCUS – For the first time in four months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian partners today reached Douma, in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital.  Eastern Ghouta has endured tremendous suffering, with over 400,000 people there experiencing severe shortages of food, fuel, medicines and drinking water. 

4 March 2018

Sweden strengthens partnership to accelerate economic empowerment for rural women

ROME – Recognizing the multiplying effects of investing in rural women, Sweden – through its development cooperation agency Sida – announced a US$5 million commitment to the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE). 

2 March 2018

WFP statement on strengthening of policies prohibiting sexual harassment

In an email to staff, the World Food Programme’s Executive Director David Beasley today announced the adoption of new provisions to strengthen policies that prohibit harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. The entire email follows:

School Meals
1 March 2018

WFP calls for more investment in school meals by West African governments

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme today urged governments in West Africa to invest more money in school meal programmes so these can act as a catalyst for improved economic and social welfare communities across the region. The call was made on African Day of School Feeding which is being celebrated for the third year in a row. 

School Meals
1 March 2018

Third Africa Day of School Feeding Celebrated In Harare, Zimbabwe

HARARE –The third edition of the African Day of School Feeding was officially opened today by Honorable CDE K.C.D. Mohadi Vice-President of Zimbabwe and celebrated under the patronage of the Zimbabwean government. This year’s theme is ‘Realizing the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home-Grown School Feeding.’

Contributions to WFP
28 February 2018

From recipient to donor: Republic of Korea makes its largest ever contribution to WFP

ROME – Continuing its impressive progression from one-time recipient to major donor, the Government of the Republic of Korea today made a historic KRW 46 billion (US$42.5 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), its largest contribution to date. WFP will use the funds to purchase 50,000 metric tons of Korean rice and provide life-saving food assistance in Syria, Yemen, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

27 February 2018

WFP supports people with disabilities through school meals in LAO PDR

VIENTIANE – Children with disabilities will be receiving nutritious meals at school thanks to a new partnership in Lao PDR between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Vientiane Special School for children with hearing and visual impairments.

26 February 2018

USA supports WFP’s longer-term efforts for the most vulnerable populations in Niger

Niamey – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace Office just announced a generous 37 million USD in-kind donation to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger. 

26 February 2018

Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

Sustained assistance and access critical to prevent hunger reaching its highest level ever. 

23 February 2018

WFP supports Emergency Preparadness and Response in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed a week of training for the Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC) staff of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence. 

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