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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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14 September 2017

New Report Highlights Importance Of First 1000 Days To Improve Nutrition In Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched the country’s first Fill the Nutrient Gap report. The report confirmed that despite significant progress, Lao PDR has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in South East Asia, with more than one third of children under five (35.6 percent) suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition.  

13 September 2017

WFP And Partners Embark On New Strategic Plan To Fight Hunger In Mozambique

MAPUTO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique.  The plan is designed to ensure that people have more reliable and nutritious food to eat, and to make them more resilient to the climate shocks to which Mozambique is increasingly prone.

12 September 2017

WFP Ramps Up Assistance To Islands Of The Caribbean Battered By Hurricane Irma

ROME – WFP has launched a range of operations in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. These assistance activities are being mounted in support of national governments, regional organizations, disaster agencies and humanitarian actors across the region.

12 September 2017

WFP Scales Up Food Distributions To People Fleeing Violence In Myanmar

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme is responding to the urgent food needs of tens of thousands of hungry people arriving in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh as they flee violence and unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

12 September 2017

World Bank Donates US$50 million to Fight Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

JUBA, September 12, 2017 – Three United Nations agencies leading the response to a dire hunger and nutrition crisis in South Sudan today welcomed a US$50 million donation from the World Bank to address food insecurity and malnutrition in the country.
9 September 2017

Clemson, Auburn Tackle Hunger With World Food Programme

The two arch-rivals face off on the gridiron this weekend in one of the year’s most hotly anticipated college football games, but Clemson University and Auburn University are united off the field in their support for the World Food Programme's mission to defeat one of the world’s greatest problems – the scourge of hunger.

7 September 2017

The Government Of Guinea-Bissau, WFP And Partners To Study Economic Toll Of Malnutrition In Guinea-Bissau

BISSAU – The Government of Guinea-Bissau, supported by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is today lanching a comprehensive study into the impact of child undernutrition on Guinea-Bissau’s social life and economic performance.

6 September 2017

WFP Chief Calls For Stepped-Up Efforts To Overcome Northeast Nigerian Crisis

ABUJA — After talks with top officials and people left destitute by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley today hailed the massive and joint push by Nigerian authorities and humanitari-an workers to save lives, but warned the momentum must continue in the face of a complex and challenging emergency.

6 September 2017

WFP Gets Ready To Respond To “Extremely Dangerous” Hurricane Irma In The Caribbean

PORT AU PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to provide emergency assistance to the people of Haiti should the country be hit by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded. The Category 5 storm, described as “extremely dangerous” by the United States’ National Hurricane Centre, was due to pass over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. It could make landfall in the US state of Florida at the weekend.

6 September 2017

WFP Provides Food To People Fleeing Myanmar Violence

DHAKA – WFP is distributing food to people fleeing into Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. An estimated 146,000 people have streamed across the border into the district of Cox’s Bazar since 25 August.

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