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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Nutrition
1 October 2014

WFP Launches Major Study Into Brazil's Success In Buying From Smallholder Farmers

JOHANNESBURG – The World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger is launching a research initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to analyse Brazil’s success in linking smallholder farmers with government demand for farmed food.

1 October 2014

WFP Assists Communities Affected By Drought In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief operations to bring food assistance to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans affected by recent drought.

Responding to Emergencies
30 September 2014

UNICEF And WFP: Missions Reach More Than 500,000 In South Sudan

JUBA, South Sudan – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are wrapping up their 25th joint emergency mission to deliver lifesaving supplies and services in the most remote and conflict-hit regions of South Sudan.

School Meals
30 September 2014

International Forum In South Africa Highlights School Nutrition

JOHANNESBURG – School nutrition promotes social and economic development and also helps reduce hunger and poverty, especially when linked to the purchase of food from smallholder farmers. This is the main message of the 2014 Global Child Nutrition Forum, the world’s foremost event on school feeding, which opens today in Johannesburg, South Africa.

29 September 2014

United States Gives US$10 Million To Assist Central Americans Hit By Drought & Coffee Rust

 
PANAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$10 million from the United States to assist people across Central America affected by severe drought and the Coffee Rust disease.

Journalists
25 September 2014

International Leaders Gather At United Nations To Promise Action On Zero Hunger Challenge

NEW YORK – Leaders in the fight against world hunger will gather Thursday at the United Nations to commit themselves to end hunger in our lifetime. With 1 in 9 people in the world hungry, it is one of the most challenging problems of our time, but one that can be eliminated.
24 September 2014

Humanitarian Assistance Helps Stabilise South Sudan Food Security, But Concerns Remain For Next Year, WFP Warns

JUBA – In the wake of a new food security analysis announcing improvements in South Sudan, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has provided food assistance to more than 2.5 million people in the country since the start of the year, is warning that the outlook remains grim for early 2015, especially in conflict affected states.

Responding to Emergencies
23 September 2014

WFP Food Assistance Reaches Over 1 Million Displaced People Across Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided urgently needed food assistance to more than 1 million people across Iraq who were displaced since conflict erupted in mid-June, despite a challenging security situation and the continuous movement of people.

Climate Change
23 September 2014

Innovative Climate-Risk Solution Expands To Insure Farmers In Malawi And Zambia

NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).

22 September 2014

The EU And WFP Launch A Project To Fight Child Labour Through Education In Egypt

BRUSSELS/CAIRO – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today  launched a €60 million project to combat child labour and improve access to education for children who are at risk of entering the labour market.

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