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17 February 2016

Food Insecurity Worsens In Malawi, Needs Increase In Face Of El Nino

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has extended its relief operation in Malawi by an additional month, through April, after the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) reported that annual harvests will be delayed by El Niño-related drought across southern Africa.

16 February 2016

WFP Uses Innovative Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Jordan

 AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan launched today an innovative iris scan payment system, allowing Syrian refugees living in camps to purchase food items from local shops using the scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or credit cards.

16 February 2016

UK Supports Launch Of WFP Cash Assistance Programme In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of GB£2.2 million (approximately US$3.2 million) from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the launch of a cash assistance programme in Sudan’s Darfur region.
16 February 2016

First Life-Saving Food Assistance For Thousands Recently Displaced By Boko Haram Violence

N’DJAMENA/YAOUNDÉ/DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners have over the past week reached thousands of people recently displaced by the Boko Haram violence in Chad and Cameroon with life-saving food and nutrition support.

15 February 2016

WFP Food Convoy Enters Conflict Area Inside Yemeni City Of Taiz

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully delivered food for 18,000 people inside an area undergoing heavy fighting in the central Yemeni city of Taiz where residents are in desperate need of external food assistance.

12 February 2016

El Niño Set To Have A Devastating Impact On Southern Africa’s Harvests And Food Security

Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

11 February 2016

UN Agencies Press Donors To Keep Up Vital Support For Malian Refugees In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) urge donors to provide immediate support to ensure that 50,000 Malian refugees in Mauritania’s Mberra camp continue to receive life-saving assistance. The three agencies warn that current funding will only cover needs until April.

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10 February 2016

Egyptian Government To Expand National School Feeding Programme To Reach All Public Schools

ROME/CAIRO – The Egyptian Government has presented a national strategy to expand its school-feeding activities during a School Feeding side event organized alongside an Executive Board meeting of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

9 February 2016

World Food Programme Provides Food To Syrians Fleeing Aleppo Fighting

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in northern Aleppo.

9 February 2016

El Niño, Drought Blamed As Severe Food Insecurity Doubles In 6 Months In Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

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