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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
24 January 2014

WFP To Seize Opportunity To Deliver Food Assistance In Wake Of South Sudan Ceasefire

JUBA – As hopes rise for an end to the fighting in South Sudan following the signing of an agreement to cease hostilities, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is poised to seize any window of opportunity to deliver food assistance to areas that have been difficult to reach.

For Companies
24 January 2014

Global Leaders From Business And Civil Society Sign Zero Hunger Challenge At Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland – Global leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, committed their support for the Zero Hunger Challenge at an event hosted by the UN World Food Programme (WFP). Signatories also included the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Unilever Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Polman, DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma and many others.

22 January 2014

Launch Of Innovative Project To Prevent Stunting Among Children

LILONGWE – A new project to establish best practices for tackling stunting is being launched in Malawi today. Recurrent food insecurity, poor dietary diversity and repeated illness are among the root causes of stunting (low growth for age) among nearly 1 million Malawian children under five – almost half the country’s children in this age group.

For Companies
22 January 2014

Business Scales Up Action to Combat Global Malnutrition

Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, forty global companies have now joined together to take global action against malnutrition. These companies are committed to reaching over 127 million women and children with improved nutrition every year by 2020. Additionally, the group has committed to targeting 99 members by 2015 – ranging from global multinationals to local companies in SUN member countries.

ED - E.Cousin
22 January 2014

WFP Attending World Economic Forum In Davos, Switzerland, For Tenth Year

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will open its tenth year at the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, beginning today, highlighting the message that ‘Zero Hunger’ is everyone’s business.

21 January 2014

The Netherlands And WFP Support Bangladesh To Scale Up Rice Fortification

DHAKA – Rice fortified with essential vitamins and minerals will be made available to 500,000 men, women and children to fight micronutrient deficiencies amongst the poorest in Bangladesh, thanks to a contribution of close to US$5 million from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The programme is a joint initiative between WFP and the Government of Bangladesh, supported by global science company Royal DSM.

21 January 2014

WFP And Government Of Lao PDR Assist Food Insecure Communities In Saravane Province

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme has provided 223 Metric tonnes (MT) of rice donated by the Government of Japan through the APTERR (ASEAN plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve) to assist severely food insecure communities still recovering from the September 2013 floods in the Khongxedone district of Saravane Province.

Responding to Emergencies
20 January 2014

WFP Running Out Of Food In Central African Republic Amid Widespread Bloodletting

BANGUI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is running out of food to distribute to growing numbers of displaced people in the Central African Republic because insecurity is blocking supply routes.

ED - E.Cousin
20 January 2014

UN World Food Programme Executive Director Visiting Iran

TEHRAN – Ertharin Cousin, the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, has arrived for a 2-day visit to Iran. During her trip to the capital, she will meet Government officials, donors and the UN community. She will also visit a camp hosting Afghan refugees, where WFP has been providing food assistance for many years.
Responding to Emergencies
13 January 2014

WFP Expands Assistance To South Sudanese, Condemns Looting Of Supplies

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new emergency operation to expand assistance to people affected by the crisis in South Sudan and is working to overcome challenges preventing urgently needed relief from reaching those who need it.

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