News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
10 July 2016

WFP Airlifts Bring Humanitarian Lifeline To Families In Northeast Syria

DAMASCUS – The first UN World Food Programme (WFP) flight carrying food to families cut off from humanitarian supplies in Al Hassakeh Governorate landed Saturday night in Qamishly airport. 

8 July 2016

Samoa And WFP Launch First Regional Workshop To Bolster Emergency Telecommunications For Disaster Resilience In The Pacific

Apia, Samoa – Emergency responders and telecommunications experts from across the Pacific are converging in Apia on 11-13 July to discuss ways to improve emergency communications for disaster, at the first regional workshop of its kind jointly hosted by the Samoan Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Responding to Emergencies
8 July 2016

EU Helps WFP Strengthen Livelihoods For 50,000 People In Lake Chad Region

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €3.5 million (US$3.9 million) from the European Union to support 50,000 highly vulnerable people in the Lake Chad region, west of the Sahelian belt. The contribution which is provided by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), enables WFP to go beyond providing emergency relief in a poor region where insecurity and massive population displacements are causing a steep deterioration of people’s food and nutritional status.

7 July 2016

Food Insecurity Reaches Extreme Level In Pockets Of Nigerias Borno State

Conflict in northeast Nigeria has left a significant portion of the population without access to adequate food, water, and health services.

7 July 2016

WFP Supports The Government Of Swaziland With Emergency Food In Drought-Hit Areas

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started relief distributions of food assistance in Swaziland in response to rising hunger due to the worst drought in the region in more than two decades.
7 July 2016

WFP Delivers Cash Assistance To Cyclone Roanu Survivors In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing cash assistance to more than 40,000 people affected by recent floods in the hardest-hit districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle and Ratnapura.
7 July 2016

Canada’s Minister Of Foreign Affairs Confirms Strong Partnership With WFP

ROME – Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, today met Ertharin Cousin,  Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss their strong partnership and ongoing commitment to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

6 July 2016

UN Seeks To Boost Response To El Niño's Dire Impact In Africa And Asia/Pacific, Urges La Niña Preparedness

Combined efforts to prevent further human suffering, strengthen resilience and safeguard livelihoods in the wake of El Niño's devastating effects worldwide must be rapidly ramped-up by governments and the international community, United Nations (UN) leaders said today. More than 60 million people worldwide, about 40 million in East and Southern Africa alone, are projected to be food insecure due to the impact of the El Niño climate event.

4 July 2016

Engans Give ‘Wantok’ Welcome To UN World Food Programme And Partners As Rice Reaches 45,795 People

PORT MORESBY – A convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Government and UN partners reached Pilikambi Rural Local Level Government (LLG) last week to monitor food distributions to communities affected by El-Nino-related drought and frost. Officials were welcomed as ‘wantoks’— a Tok Pisin phrase meaning ‘close comrades’ – as several hundred Engan tribe members, local leaders and local government officials celebrated the convoy’s arrival.

1 July 2016

WFP Extends Food Assistance In Eastern Ukraine Until End Of Year

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it will extend its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to provide more than 280,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of 2016.


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