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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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1 June 2017

Canada Funds Strategic Humanitarian Response Facility In Gilgit Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is constructing a Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) in the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) –the northern area of Pakistan, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. This will be the seventh HRF built in Pakistan as part of a strategic network of storage facilities to help the Government and humanitarian community better prepare for and respond to disasters.

1 June 2017

Germany Contributes €25.5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Lake Chad Basin

DAKAR – Germany has contributed €25.5 million (US$28.5 million) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist more than 710,000 hungry people in the four-nation Lake Chad Basin region that is battling a Boko Haram insurgency.

1 June 2017

WFP Tajikistan School Meals Recipe Book Named Best In The World

YANTAI, CHINA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Tajikistan School Meals Recipe Book was named “Best in the World” at the prestigious Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, held in Yantai, China, this week.

30 May 2017

Blockchain Against Hunger: Harnessing Technology In Support Of Syrian Refugees

MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying cutting-edge blockchain technology to make cash-based transfers faster, cheaper and more secure.

30 May 2017

WFP Concerned About Malnutrition Among Hungry Families Fleeing Iraq’s Western Mosul

ERBIL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about about the humanitarian conditions inside western Mosul’s old city, where as many as 180,000 people are reportedly hungry and living in miserable conditions.

27 May 2017

Training Workshop Explores The Potential Of Drones For Humanitarian Operations

SANTO DOMINGO – Representatives of the Dominican Government and international organizations involved in risk management and disaster response will team up on a three day workshop starting today to explore the use of drones for humanitarian purposes in emergencies.

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26 May 2017

WFP Chief Lauds Support For National School Meals Programme In Kenya

NAIROBI – On his first visit to Kenya since taking office, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, visited schoolchildren in a Nairobi primary school who receive daily lunches through WFP’s school meals programme, which has been funded through a successful global U.S. initiative that is in danger of being cut in the proposed U.S. government budget.

26 May 2017

European Union Contributes To WFP’s Life-Saving Work In South Sudan

JUBA – The European Commission has reaffirmed its commitment to saving the lives of conflict-affected people in South Sudan with a US$ 12.9 (€11.9) million contribution to the emergency operation of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This is in addition to the US$ 32 (€30.4) million contribution that was already confirmed for 2017

25 May 2017

Canada Supports Vulnerable Families In The West Bank And Gaza

RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$3.6 million (CAD$4.8 million) contribution from the Government of Canada to support nearly 200,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.
25 May 2017

Government, Humanitarian Partners Seek Sustainable Future For Nepal Emergency Preparedness Facility

KATHMANDU – The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today met at the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) to discuss sustainable methods to work together on better preparedness for crises.

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