News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

26 October 2016

Ending Hunger And Malnutrition Key To Economic Development In Bangladesh, Major Study Finds

DHAKA - A major independent report released today emphasises that the Government of Bangladesh and its partners must rally to end hunger and improve nutrition to sustain the country’s remarkable economic trajectory.

25 October 2016

WFP Alarmed At Growing Rates Of Hunger And Malnutrition In War-Torn Yemen

SANA’A – The World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about deteriorating food security and growing rates of child malnutrition in Yemen, particularly in hard-to-reach areas

24 October 2016

Food Security Of 800,000 Haitians Seriously Threatened After Hurricane

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Some 1,4 million Haitians require food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which wrought widespread devastation on supplies and crops across large swaths of the island nation. More than half – 800,000 people – are in dire need of immediate food aid, according to an emergency field assessment.

24 October 2016

DFID Donation Of GBP 1.5 Million For Trail Reconstruction To Boost Food Security And Development

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of GBP 1.5 million from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for post-earthquake reconstruction work. Through the donation, WFP will be able to support the Government of Nepal’s (GoN) efforts to rebuild critical infrastructure such as trails in remote areas affected by the quake in 2015

24 October 2016

Ending Malnutrition Key For Sustainable Development, Major Review Finds

VIENTIANE - Achieving food security and improved nutrition is key for sustainable and fair development in Lao PDR, according to a report launched today at an event chaired by Dr. Kikeo Chanthaboury, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment.

20 October 2016

New Study Reveals Hunger Burden On Lesotho’s Economy

MASERU – Lesotho is losing 1.9 billion Maloti (US$200 million) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new, country-specific Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study released today. This amounts to more than 7 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The money is lost through increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and lower productivity of the workforce.

20 October 2016

UN Agencies Scale Up Efforts To Save Lives In Southern Madagascar

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI - Following findings from a recent food security assessment across southern Madagascar, UN agencies are scaling up closely coordinated efforts to prevent an already dire situation from becoming a catastrophe.

20 October 2016

Saudi Arabia Supports Syrians In Syria And Jordan

RIYADH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomes a contribution of US$6 million from the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) to support displaced Syrians inside their country as well as Syrian refugees in Jordan.

20 October 2016

Papua New Guinea Drought: WFP Food Distributions Wind Up Amid Signs Of Recovery

PORT MORESBY – The World Food Programme announced that it has concluded its food distributions in Papua New Guinea, having reached over 246,000 people in the highlands as well as Western and Milne Bay Provinces. These areas are recovering from the most severe El Niño–related drought in decades.

19 October 2016

WFP Supplies Emergency Assistance To Victims of Violence In Central African Republic

BANGUI – The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing emergency food assistance to 8,000 people affected by an upsurge in violence in the north of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.). This is in addition to regular food and nutrition support for some 120,000 people.


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