News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
6 August 2015

WFP Prioritizes Most Needy Syrian Refugees For Food Assistance In Iraq

ERBIL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced this week that following a comprehensive assessment of the food security and vulnerability status of Syrian refugees living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, it will focus its resources on the most vulnerable people.

Responding to Emergencies
31 July 2015

WFP Avoids Suspension Of Food Assistance For Syrian Refugees, Thanks To U.S. Contribution

AMMAN – Concerned that it might have to suspend food assistance for nearly half a million refugees in Jordan, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it will proceed with assistance next month, albeit at a reduced level, thanks to a substantial contribution from the United States of America.

23 July 2015

Syria: Better Rains Improve Wheat Production, But Food Security Situation Remains Bleak

Rome – Syria’s food production  has increased this year mainly due to favourable rains, but it remains way below its pre-crisis levels as the ongoing conflict continues to push more people into hunger and poverty, according to a report published today by two UN agencies.

Responding to Emergencies
9 July 2015

WFP Reaches Besieged Town In Northern Syria With Food Assistance

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in northern Ar-Raqqa governorate, for the first time in eight months, delivering desperately needed food assistance to 10,000 people.
Responding to Emergencies
1 July 2015

WFP Forced To Make Deeper Cuts In Food Assistance For Syrian Refugees Due To Lack Of Funding

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is being forced to implement deeper cuts in food assistance for vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan because of a severe lack of funding.

25 June 2015

UN Agencies And Partners Say Funding Shortage Leaves Syrian Refugees And Host Nations Without Vital Support

Amman: A shortage of funds is hampering humanitarian and development assistance efforts to meet the needs of 3.9 million refugees who have fled the conflict in Syria, as well as more than 20 million people in affected local communities hosting them in neighbouring countries, according to a report released today.

Responding to Emergencies
12 June 2015

World Food Programme Welcomes Further Kuwait Support To Help Syrians In Crisis

GENEVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a further generous contribution from the State of Kuwait in support of its emergency operations to assist the people of Syria, both inside the country as well as in neighbouring states hosting Syrian refugees.

Responding to Emergencies
26 May 2015

Pauses In Syrian Fighting During Harvest Vital To Meet Country’s Food Needs

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for humanitarian pauses in the fighting in Syria so farmers can safely harvest and transport crops within the country to reach all Syrians in need.


24 April 2015

WFP Executive Director Calls On UN Security Council To Deliver Political Solutions For Peace In Syria

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin today highlighted in front of the UN Security Council the vital role of food in bringing peace and stability to Syria.
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30 March 2015

WFP Executive Director Calls On International Community To Stand By The Syrian People

WFP Statement

ROME/KUWAIT CITY – The United Nation World Food Programme is extremely grateful to the State of Kuwait for its very generous support to food assistance operations throughout the Syria emergency.  We thank the Emir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, for his leadership in mobilizing the donor community to provide much needed support.


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