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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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9 June 2014

Three UN Agencies Team In DRC Awarded For Joint Work On Food Insecurity

Kinshasa – The collective efforts of the three UN food and agriculture agencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been recognised in the 2014 Award of Excellence by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The award ceremony takes place on Friday, 6 June, 2014 in Rome, during an official session of WFP’s Executive Board.
Responding to Emergencies
4 June 2014

End Suffering Of Women, Children Fleeing Into Cameroon From C.A.R. – UNHCR, WFP

ROME – The heads of two frontline United Nations agencies today urged donors to support a swift response to end the suffering of thousands of malnourished as well as sick women and children fleeing violence in Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2014

UNHCR And WFP Chiefs In Joint Push For More Attention On Central African Republic Refugees

ROME/GENEVA - Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres will be in Rome tomorrow, 4 June 2014, in a joint push to draw attention to the plight of refugees and third-country nationals fleeing Central African Republic (C.A.R).

2 June 2014

Japan Supports Smallholder Farmers In Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$1.2 million from the Government of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to support smallholder farmers in the Port Loko District of Sierra Leone.

28 May 2014

WFP Support For Vulnerable Children In Madagascar May Face Cutbacks Due To Lack Of Funding

ANTANANARIVO – Support from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for orphans and vulnerable children in Madagascar’s poorest and most food insecure areas may be reduced in the next school year due to lack of funding.

ED - E.Cousin
23 May 2014

WFP Executive Director Commends Republic Of Korea On Taking Up Zero Hunger Challenge

SEOUL – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, today concluded a two-day mission to the Republic of Korea with a formal launch of the Zero Hunger Challenge in Seoul.

22 May 2014

Australia Donates $2.7 Million To WFP To Help Build Resilience In Sindh

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Australia of US$2.7 million for livelihood activities in Sindh.

20 May 2014

Germany Contributes €10 million To WFP For Hungry Families In Yemen

SANA’A – At a signing ceremony at Yemen’s Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Government of Germany agreed to contribute €10 million (US$13.8 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help severely food insecure households across the country with food distributions and cash disbursements.
WFP Ambassadors
19 May 2014

Jose Mourinho Joins Push For Zero Hunger As New WFP Ambassador

LONDON – One of the world’s most successful football managers, Jose Mourinho, has been announced as an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme.  Mourinho, who is currently the manager of Chelsea Football Club in the English Premier League, will use his status to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work and champion the Zero Hunger Challenge which aims to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

Responding to Emergencies
19 May 2014

WFP Scales Up Emergency Response To Flood Victims In The Balkans

BELGRADE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today sent a second batch of emergency relief items to Serbia where severe floods have affected some 600,000 people, following the heaviest rains the Balkans have witnessed in 120 years.

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