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18 February 2016

Breakthrough In Access As WFP Delivers Life-Saving Food To Five Besieged Towns In Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered desperately-needed food for over 80,000 people who have been stranded in five besieged Syrian towns, in a series of UN interagency convoys that took place throughout the night and were completed this morning.

16 February 2016

WFP Uses Innovative Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Jordan

 AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan launched today an innovative iris scan payment system, allowing Syrian refugees living in camps to purchase food items from local shops using the scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or credit cards.

9 February 2016

World Food Programme Provides Food To Syrians Fleeing Aleppo Fighting

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started distributing urgently needed food to people displaced by the recent surge in violence in northern Aleppo.

4 February 2016

Unprecedented German Contribution To WFP Brings Hope To Millions In Syria Crisis

LONDON – At the Supporting Syria and the Region conference today, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, personally thanked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her government’s landmark contribution to WFP of €570 million (US$623 million) from the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO) and the Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

4 February 2016

WFP Takes Part Today In Supporting Syria And The Region Conference In London

What: Syria is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and and the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference in London brings together donors, host governments, aid agencies and civil society to address immediate humanitarian relief alongside longer-term needs such as jobs, education and livelihoods.

21 January 2016

More Than 100 Humanitarian Organizations And UN Agencies Urge Public To Join Syria Appeal

ROME – More than 100 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.

14 January 2016

ShareTheMeal App Hits First Target, Now Raises Funds For Children, Mothers And Mums-To-Be In Syria

ROME – Two months after its global launch, the United Nations World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app has fulfilled its goal of ensuring 20,000 Syrian refugee children in Jordan will have vital nutrition at school for one year. Starting today, app users can help a new group of needy Syrians with a tap on their smartphones – mothers, children and mums-to-be in the war-torn city of Homs.

15 December 2015

WFP Starts Local Production Of Date Bars In Syria For School Feeding Programme

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started producing date bars enriched with vitamins and minerals in war-torn Syria, as part of its school feeding programme for more than 315,000 vulnerable children.

14 December 2015

UNICEF And WFP Launch Second Joint Programme To Help Syrian Children Weather The Harsh Winter In Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan – As the harsh cold winter approaches Jordan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a winter cash assistance programme that will allow vulnerable Syrian families in Za’atari and Azraq camps to buy warm winter clothing for all their children. 

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16 October 2015

As Hunger Grips Syrian Families, European Commission Boosts Support For WFP

BRUSSELS – As half the population of Syria struggle to meet their food needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €30 million from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) to its emergency food assistance in Syria.

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