News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
2 April 2018

WFP scales up response in Yemen to prevent famine

SANA'A - Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. 

2 April 2018

WFP airlifts life-saving relief to people affected by Papua New Guinea Earthquake

DUBAI – The World Food Programme (WFP) today airlifted life-saving, nutrient-dense biscuits from its UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai to Papua New Guinea. With a cargo of more than 80 metric tons of the nutritious high energy biscuits, the plane carried enough food to feed approximately 60,000 earthquake-affected people.

1 April 2018

WFP assessing damage at Hodeidah warehouse, Yemen

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to establish the cause of a fire that destroyed a warehouse storing food in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah in the early hours of Saturday morning. 



29 March 2018

EU support helps WFP reach over one million vulnerable people in Sudan

KHARTOUM – In Sudan, displacement and drought continues to exacerbate food insecurity for over three million people. In addressing these challenges, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to have received generous support from the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department for WFP’s life-saving operations in the country last year.

29 March 2018

Government of Japan and WFP working together to rebuild Iraq

BAGHDAD – As Iraq emerges from four years of conflict and unrest, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the Government of Japan in support of recovery efforts. A portion of this contribution will also support Syrian refugees sheltering in Iraq.

26 March 2018

Improving mountain trails can unlock rural livelihood opportunities, WFP study shows

KATHMANDU – Improving roads and trails in mountainous regions of Nepal can improve food security and nutrition for remote rural communities, according to recent WFP research carried out in partnership with national and international experts.

School Meals
26 March 2018

Promoting nutrition and education in Laos through home grown school meals programme

VIENTIANE – This week, Jocelyn Brown, a Deputy Administrator from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), whose office administers USDA international assistance programs, will visit Luang Namtha province, where two USDA projects are currently supporting local schools and farmers.  The projects, both funded by USDA’s McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program and the Local and Regional Procurement program, are being implemented together by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). 

Contributions to WFP
22 March 2018

Japan provides WFP with US$2.5 million to fight malnutrition in Chad's Sahel

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up nutrition support for 65,000 people in Chad’s fragile Sahel region, thanks to a US$2.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan. 

22 March 2018

Food crises continue to strike, and acute hunger intensifies

124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity, warns a new report.

16 March 2018

WFP needs urgent support to provide food assistance to Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh

COX’s BAZAR – With monsoon rains on their way, the World Food Programme (WFP) urgently needs more funding to continue providing food assistance Rohingya refugees and local Bangladeshis living in the Cox’s Bazar area close to the border with Myanmar. 



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