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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
2 September 2014

WFP Reaches A Record Number Of People Inside Syria With Food Assistance

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) dispatched food to a record-breaking number of 4.1 million people inside war-ravaged Syria in August due to improved access with increased cross-line operations within Syria and more cross-border convoys.

28 August 2014

Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

Responding to Emergencies
27 August 2014

WFP Lifeline Operation To Feed Displaced Iraqis Reaches Over 700,000 People

KARBALA, IRAQ – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.

27 August 2014

WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food To Gaza Through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

GAZA – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

27 August 2014

WFP Vouchers To Feed Syrian Refugees Create Jobs, Boost Lebanese Economy

BEIRUT – Allowing Syrian refugees to buy food items of their choice, WFP’s voucher programme in Lebanon has created 1,300 jobs since 2012 and is expected to provide US$517 million in indirect benefits to the Lebanese economy this year, a WFP study has found.

27 August 2014

Latest Bangladesh Poverty Maps Launched By BBS, World Bank And WFP

DHAKA – The Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, M.A. Mannan MP, today launched the Bangladesh Poverty Maps 2010. This is the third generation of poverty maps in Bangladesh, which is an important statistical instrument for estimating the poverty incidence up to sub-district (upazila) levels.

WFP Ambassadors
26 August 2014

Singer Sami Yusuf Joins WFP As Global Ambassador Against Hunger

ROME – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, Sami Yusuf, has today joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.  Yusuf, who is a long-term supporter of WFP, will use his status as a hunger Ambassador to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.

26 August 2014

WFP Starts Food Distributions Following Floods In Kurigram, Sirajganj And Jamalpur

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.
25 August 2014

WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia.  Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

22 August 2014

WFP Condemns Ration Card Scam In Bossaso

BOSSASO/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges residents of Bossaso to beware of a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people.

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