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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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16 March 2018

Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: An appeal for US$ 951 million to assist 1.3 million people

Cox’s Bazar, 16 March, 2018: The Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis is being launched this afternoon at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva by Mr. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR; Mr. William Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM and Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh. 

14 March 2018

​World Bank and WFP map joint strategy for tackling humanitarian and development challenges

WASHINGTON – The leaders of the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have laid out an ambitious new plan to work together in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger.

14 March 2018

Seven years on, Syria still suffers

DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost. 

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14 March 2018

Japan's US$72 million contribution helps WFP meet urgent hunger needs in 23 countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the announcement of a US$72.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous infusion of funding will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 23 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

14 March 2018

Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say

LAHORE – A new report launched today shows that with adequate investments in disaster risk reduction, small-holder farmers in Punjab could better withstand climate-related shocks. Calling for increased investments in this area, the report advocates for the Rural Resilience-building approach (R4), pioneered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and OXFAM.

13 March 2018

China provides WFP with US$6 million for refugees, people hit by drought in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a contribution of US$6 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to assist refugees and people suffering because of drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

12 March 2018

WFP Expands School Meals Programme in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up hot school meals to cover more than half of Kyrgyzstan’s primary schools over the next five years, thanks to a contribution of US$10 million from the Russian Federation. 

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12 March 2018

Japan announces fresh support to WFP in Yemen

SANA’A – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$16 million from the Government of Japan, which provides a significant boost to WFP operations aimed at averting famine in Yemen.

8 March 2018

Invite a family to your table: WFP’s ShareTheMeal app links monthly givers to the families they support

BERLIN – Starting on International Women’s Day, ShareTheMeal, the app from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will enable monthly givers to follow their donation and see exactly how it is helping families in need. Monthly givers will automatically join The Table – a new feature within the app –  which connects members with the family they are supporting through personalised updates and exclusive stories. Using data from WFP’s beneficiary data management platform, SCOPE, monthly givers will learn when a family has purchased food thanks to their donation.

7 March 2018

Government of Germany contributes €50 million towards strengthening resilience in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU – The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed €50 million for a joint United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF programme to tackle women and children’s nutrition in nine districts in Banadir and six districts in Gedo region in the south of Somalia.

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