News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 March 2016

Japan Contribution Helps WFP Support The People Of Sierra Leone To Recover Post-Ebola

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes today a US$ 2.2 million contribution from the Government and the people of Japan that will enable WFP to support 77,000 people affected by the Ebola outbreak so that they can recover and receive the food and nutrition assistance they need.

22 March 2016

Significant Proportion Of Armenian Households At Risk Of Food Insecurity, Suffer Nutrition Problems: Report

ARMENIA – An average of 15 percent of households in Armenia have remained food insecure since 2010 and a significant proportion are at risk of becoming food insecure, while numerous others show serious nutritional problems, reflected in large numbers of either stunted or overweight children, according to a new report released today by Government and United Nations agencies.

21 March 2016

Japan Supports UN Humanitarian Air Service In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$1.7 million from Japan to the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Sudan, which is managed by WFP.

17 March 2016

ShareTheMeal App Wins SXSW Interactive Innovation Award

ROME – The ShareTheMeal app, developed by the United Nations World Food Programme, won an Interactive Innovation Award in the “New Economy” category at this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

17 March 2016

In Flood-Affected Rural Areas, Poorest People Face Highest Food Insecurity Risk And Livestock And Fisheries Sectors Yet To Recover From Severe Damage

Yangon – More than seven months after Cyclone Komen caused widespread flooding in Myanmar, poor rural communities are still enduring increased levels of food insecurity, according to a UN report released today. In particular, people in the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine state – already vulnerable to begin with – are still suffering, which serves to highlight their vulnerability to withstand similar emergencies in the future.

Cash and Vouchers
16 March 2016

WFP Boosts Food And Cash Assistance As El Nino’s Grip On Zimbabwe Tightens

HARARE – Vulnerable people in Zimbabwe will continue to receive relief assistance from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) through what is usually a period of bounty but which this year has turned into a time of want. WFP is extending its relief programme due to the punishing impact of El Niño on the food security of the country.

Cash and Vouchers
16 March 2016

WFP Launches Food Voucher Programme For Families In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing food vouchers to assist close to 120,000 people living in Sana’a city with plans to reach one million people across Yemen in this way by the end of 2016.

15 March 2016

More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria

GENEVA – One hundred and two humanitarian agencies today urged sustained and unconditional humanitarian access to all Syrians.

The appeal was made on the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria.

The appeal and signatories are below.

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14 March 2016

WFP & UNICEF Issue Urgent Call For Support To Continue Vital Assistance In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that funding shortfalls threaten their ability to provide essential assistance to some of the most vulnerable families in Mauritania.

11 March 2016

Joint Statement on Syria

After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.


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