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Journalists
12 August 2014

United States Government Contributes US$180 Million To Help Prevent Famine In South Sudan

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$180 million to help the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continue providing nutritious food assistance in South Sudan, which faces one of the most threatening hunger crises in the world.

Responding to Emergencies
12 August 2014

WFP Executive Director Visits Food Assistance Operation in Syria

DAMASCUS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a one-day visit to Damascus on Tuesday where she met with WFP staff, senior government officials and visited a WFP food distribution to oversee progress and discuss the operational challenges of one of the agency’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations worldwide.

Journalists
12 August 2014

France Steps Up Efforts To Assist South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The French government has announced a contribution of €500,000 (US$669,500) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutritional support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

Journalists
12 August 2014

UN World Food Programme Celebrates ‘Heroes Among Us’ On World Humanitarian Day

ROME – The World Food Programme (WFP) is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe in advance of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to bring attention to the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need.

11 August 2014

WFP And UNRWA Plan To Reach All Conflict-Affected Families In Gaza With Launch Of Special Emergency Food Assistance

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners today launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance.  

Journalists
6 August 2014

WFP Head Visits India To Address Asia Pacific Consultation On Family Farming

CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.

5 August 2014

WFP Food Reaches More People In Syria In July

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has made significant progress over the last few weeks in reaching more people affected by the violence in Syria – many of them in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas -- due to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries.

1 August 2014

WFP Steps Up Emergency Food Assistance In Gaza As Situation Deteriorates

GAZA – Four weeks into the conflict in Gaza, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to increased needs by stepping up provision of emergency food and other assistance.

Responding to Emergencies
31 July 2014

United States Government Bolsters Aid To Hungry Syrians With A US$185 Million Contribution To WFP

WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$185 million to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed the hungry in the fourth year of Syria’s protracted humanitarian crisis.

29 July 2014

UN World Food Programme Mourns The Loss Of Respected Colleague Ayman Omar

DAMASCUS -- It is with great sadness that the staff of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria and beyond mark the death of their colleague Ayman Omar, Head of Security for WFP’s operation in Syria and the region.

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