News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

10 December 2014

WFP Welcomes Substantial And Timely Assistance To Refugees From The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous and timely contribution of US$104 million to assist refugees sheltering in countries neighbouring Syria, in Ethiopia and in Kenya, provided by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.

Responding to Emergencies
9 December 2014

WFP Resumes Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees As Fundraising Drive Exceeds Goal

GENEVA/ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is reinstating food assistance to Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries thanks to a massive expression of support from the public, the private sector and donor countries.

Responding to Emergencies
7 December 2014

WFP To Provide Transport, Food For Philippines Government Typhoon Response

MANILA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is providing transportation and food supplies to support the Philippines Government’s humanitarian response to Typhoon Hagupit, at the request of its main partner the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Responding to Emergencies
5 December 2014

WFP 72 Hour Syria Appeal Joins Forces With Music Industry Leader Aloe Blacc For #ADollarALifeline

ROME – As support continues to flow in to help feed Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is taking its unprecedented social media campaign to the next level with a new video supported by chart-topping musician Aloe Blacc.

4 December 2014

WFP 72-Hour Campaign #ADollarALifeline Brings In Dollars And Support For Syrian Refugees

ROME – In the first 24 hours, the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) unprecedented campaign raises $21.5 million for Syrian refugees. On Monday, WFP announced the suspension of the refugee food assistance programme. Rather than waiting for donors, WFP launched an unprecedented public appeal. In the first 24 hours, the money received from individuals, corporations and governments totals one-third of the $64 million required to fully reinstate the Syrian refugee food programme for 1.7 million people.

3 December 2014

Cambodia Inching Ahead In Zero Hunger Challenge; Still Not Enough, Study Shows

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia has made significant progress in tackling poverty, but much work still remains to be done to beat hunger and malnutrition as the country aims to become a lower middle income country in the next few years. This was the conclusion of a study by the Cambodia Development Research Institute (CDRI), an independent think tank, undertaken with support from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) under the guidance of the Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) and senior national experts.

3 December 2014

For 64 Million People, It's A Dollar, For 1.7 Million Syrian Refugees It's A Lifeline


ROME – After being forced to suspend food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an ambitious 72-hour campaign to raise US$64million which will reinstate Syrian refugees’ food vouchers in December. 

Responding to Emergencies
1 December 2014

WFP Forced To Suspend Syrian Refugee Food Assistance, Warns Of Terrible Impact As Winter Nears

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today it has been forced to suspend a critical programme providing food vouchers to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, due to a funding crisis.


1 December 2014

New Undernutrition Maps Will Enhance Decision Making For Nutrition Programming

First ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh launched

DHAKA – Interesting and relevant findings emerge from the first-ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh, launched today by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to aid policy makers, planners and researchers in decision-making on targeted and integrated nutrition-focused development.
First ever upazila-level undernutrition maps of Bangladesh launched

Climate Change
1 December 2014

Families Face High Food Prices Up To Eight Months After Climate Shocks, Study Shows

DHAKA - People affected by flood, drought and cyclones struggle with price peaks on food for up to eight months after the shocks, a new study has found. Data also demonstrates higher levels of acute undernutrition emerging in the wake of such climate-related events.


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