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School Meals
28 September 2017

Expansion Of Hot School Meals Programme In Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – Signaling a fresh start for the new academic year, 16 rural schools in Chui and Issyk-Kul provinces of the Kyrgyz Republic today start with hot meals for 5,000 primary school students. This development – part of a School Meals Optimization project begun in 2013 - been made possible by funding from Japan and the technical expertise of the United Nations World Food programme (WFP).

28 September 2017

New Stunting Prevention Initiative Launched By Government Of Balochistan And WFP

QUETTA – A new programme to prevent stunting among children in Pakistan’s Balochistan province has been launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the provincial government’s Planning and Development Department. The three-year project in Pishin district will provide nutrition support to more than 20,000 pregnant and nursing women, and children under five years of age.
26 September 2017

WFP Food Provided To Majority Of New Arrivals In Cox’s Bazar

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh by providing food to people arriving in Cox’s Bazar following an outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.

Contributions to WFP
20 September 2017

US Donates Around US$100 Million For WFP Northeast Nigeria Emergency Response

ABUJA — The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a significant contribution of nearly US$100 million from the United States, which guarantees continued life-saving food assistance in northeast Nigeria through early 2018.

20 September 2017

WFP Media Advisory: The United Nations’ Efforts to Stave Off Famine in Yemen to Be Featured at SDG Media Zone on Friday, 22 Sept.

NEW YORK – The U.N. World Food Programme’s executive director, David Beasley, will discuss the crisis of staving off famine in Yemen, where 17 million people have been pushed into hunger by ongoing fighting. 

20 September 2017

WFP Provides Food Assistance To A Record 7 Million People In Yemen In August

SANA’A – In an ongoing struggle to avert famine in Yemen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to provide food assistance to a record seven million people across the country during the month of August 2017.

18 September 2017

Crisis in School Meals Financing for West & Central Africa Puts Young Generation At Risk, WFP Warns

DAKAR – More than 1.5 million vulnerable children across West and Central Africa risk going to school hungry or dropping out altogether, due to lack of financing for nourishing school meals from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency announced at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. 

17 September 2017

WFP Halts Airdrops To Syria’s Deir Ezzor City As Land Corridor Opens

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached formerly besieged parts of Deir Ezzor City in northeast Syria by land for the first time since May 2014. For the past year and a half, vital food and humanitarian supplies could only be delivered to trapped families in the besieged city via costly high-altitude airdrops.

Responding to Emergencies
17 September 2017

WFP Launches Food Assistance Operation in Cuba in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

HAVANA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in coordination with the Government of Cuba, today launched a US$5.7 million emergency operation to provide food assistance for four months to more than 660,000 people affected by Hurricane Irma.

15 September 2017

World Hunger Again On The Rise, Driven By Conflict And Climate Change, New UN Report Says

815 million people now hungry – Millions of children at risk from malnutrition

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