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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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16 January 2017

Joint Statement on Syria

DAVOS – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

13 January 2017

WFP Welcomes Korea’s Contribution To Its School Meals Programme in The Gambia

BANJUL – The Republic of Korea has contributed more than $US300, 000 to the UN World Food Programme (WFP)’s School Meals Programme in The Gambia. This will make it possible for WFP to expand its community based cash transfer to schools and reach up to 20,000 students with daily hot meals for eight months.
13 January 2017

WFP’s Hot Dinner Data Sheds New Light On Big Disparities In The Cost Of A Bowl Of Food

ROME/DAVOS – A simple bowl of food in Malawi costs much more than in Davos when you measure the cost of the meal as a percentage of a person’s average daily income.

13 January 2017

WFP And Japan Boost Partnership To Empower Rural Women In The Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has contributed US$500,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to empower rural women and benefit more than 2,500 households in the Kyrgyz Republic.

School Meals
13 January 2017

Star Chef Cooks For Sahel’s Children As Fresh Milk Fuels The Hopes Of Thousands

OUAGADOUGOU – In a region where school enrolment rates are very low, and early marriages a major cause of dropout among young girls, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has set up school canteens to help reduce malnutrition rates and to keep children in school. For better results, the organization has partnered with a women’s group that specializes in milk processing.

11 January 2017

WFP And Belgium Join Forces To Support Vulnerable Palestinians

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €1 million contribution from Belgium to support 180,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.
Cash and Vouchers
11 January 2017

EU Supports Refugees In Turkey Through Innovative Nationwide Cash Programme

ANKARA – Thousands of refugees in Turkey are receiving monthly cash assistance to help cover essential needs such as food, rent, medicine and warm clothing for winter through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), a major innovative relief programme funded by the European Union.

9 January 2017

Record Contributions From Belgium Support WFP Innovation & Emergency Response

BRUSSELS/ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has recognized the Government of Belgium’s substantial contributions in 2016, a year in which the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGCD) has donated more than €28 million to WFP projects reaching nearly 8 million people in eight countries.

9 January 2017

WFP Launches Innovative Cash Assistance Programme In Darfur, Supported By UK aid

NYALA/KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed senior UK officials to a new cash assistance programme in Nyala’s Otash Camp in South Darfur. The programme, funded by UK aid from the government of the United Kingdom, is currently providing unrestricted cash assistance to 75,000 displaced people, offering them choice and freedom to prioritize their needs.

6 January 2017

The EU And UK Gave Life-Saving Support To People Of Mali In 2016

BAMAKO – Working closely with the European Union (EU), the Government of the United Kingdom (UK) and the Government of Mali, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided emergency assistance to more than a quarter of a million needy people in Mali last year.

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