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15 May 2017

WFP Forced To Reduce Food Rations For Western Sahara Refugees As Ramadan Approaches

ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Algeria is appealing for urgent donor support for refugees from Western Sahara as severe lack of funding has forced the agency in May to reduce food rations by almost 20 percent.

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15 May 2017

Over US$ 1.4 Billion Needed For South Sudan Refugees In 2017

GENEVA - The UN Refugee Agency and the World Food Programme today urged donors to step up support for desperate refugees fleeing South Sudan. Humanitarian agencies are seeking USD 1.4 billion to provide life-saving aid to South Sudanese refugees in the six neighbouring countries until the end of 2017 – according to an updated response plan presented in Geneva on Monday.

12 May 2017

China Donates US$ 5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Response In Northeast Nigeria

MAIDUGURI, NIGERIA– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US $5 million contribution from the Government of China to provide desperately-needed food assistance to tens of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Northeast Nigeria, where the threat of famine is real and growing.

9 May 2017

DATES From Saudi Arabia To Enhance WFP School Meals For Thousands Of Children

MANILA – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is providing dates to thousands of school children in Central Mindanao through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A gift from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief), the 30 metric tonnes of dates will be distributed by WFP through its school meals programme.

9 May 2017

Dates From Saudi Arabia, A Special Treat For School Children In Bangladesh

DHAKA – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is providing dates to thousands of school children in Bangladesh through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A gift from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief), the dates will be distributed by WFP through its school feeding programme to 275,000 children and their families in some of the poorest areas of Bangladesh.

8 May 2017

WFP Tajikistan And The Committee Of Emergency Situations And Civil Defense Enter A New Stage Of Cooperation

DUSHANBE- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan and the Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaboration in the area of Emergency Preparedness and Response, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). The main objective of the MoU is to strengthen the bilateral cooperation, establish and advance the systems, modalities and procedures for knowledge and information sharing on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and to effectively manage response to natural disasters.

5 May 2017

WFP Renews Commitment To Support Lao PDR On Journey To Middle Income Country Status

VIENTIANE – The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed an agreement in support of WFP’s new five-year programme, which is designed to help the Government of Lao PDR achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets, as well as Middle Income Country status.

5 May 2017

New WFP Report Finds Food Insecurity Accelerates Global Migration

ROME – At a time when a record-high number of people have been forced to flee their homes across the world, a new study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) clearly establishes that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders.

4 May 2017

WFP Celebrates School Meals Day In Tajikistan For Healthy School Children

RUDKAI DISTRICT - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan and its technical partner, the Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI), today held an event to celebrate School Meals Day at School No 1. in Rudaki District.
3 May 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits Lebanon And Syria, Urges Continued Donor Support

BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Lebanon and Syria where he assessed the growing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Syrians and met senior government officials and partners to discuss humanitarian operations in both countries.

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