News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
19 March 2014

Forgotten Crisis In CAR Rapidly Deteriorating Into A Neglected Tragedy, WFP Head Warns

BANGUI – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin today witnessed alarming food insecurity and malnutrition in Central African Republic (CAR) amid a deadly combination of violence and insufficient funding for the humanitarian response.

Responding to Emergencies
18 March 2014

WFP Airdrops Food In South Sudan

JUBA – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has started a series of urgently needed airdrops of food assistance to remote areas of South Sudan that are unreachable because of insecurity and other obstacles. WFP launched the operation to feed people affected by conflict and to resupply isolated refugee camps where food stocks have dwindled.

WFP Ambassadors
17 March 2014

Indian TV Personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande Appointed WFP Celebrity Partner

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ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger, recently appointed Indian TV personality Uma Ghosh Deshpande as a Celebrity Partner. This echoes Uma’s commitment to support WFP in its work through her shows and network.

17 March 2014

United Nations in Jordan Observes Three Years since Outbreak of Syrian Conflict

Amman, 15 March 2014 – Three years after the beginning of the devastating conflict in Syria, some 585,000 Syrians have fled their homes for safety in Jordan. Over half of the Syrian refugees in Jordan are children, who have witnessed unspeakable horrors and whose lives have been interrupted by violence and displacement. Most Syrian refugees have been displaced several times inside Syria before they took the difficult decision to leave their home country. After over 1,000 days of conflict the violence shows no sign of abating

14 March 2014

Bolivia: More Than 10,000 Children Will Receive WFP School Meals in Tarija

LA PAZ - Beginning this March, 10,417 children in rural schools in the municipalities of Entre Ríos and Padcaya will receive food supplied by WFP as part of a sustainable school feeding programme.

14 March 2014

Sri Lanka Donates Rice To WFP Operations At Home And Abroad

COLOMBO – The Government of Sri Lanka today delivered the first part of a donation of 50,000 metric tons of rice, valued at about US$22 million, to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution to people in need in Sri Lanka and ten other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Responding to Emergencies
10 March 2014

Syria Conflict Enters Fourth Year As Some Food Reaches Previously Inaccessible Areas

GENEVA/AMMAN – In the last few weeks, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) succeeded in reaching many areas of Syria that were inaccessible for months. But as the conflict enters its fourth year, delivering food to people in desperate need remains a challenge.

Responding to Emergencies
10 March 2014

WFP And Partners Launch Nutrition Programme For Syrian Refugees In Jordan

AMMAN – Together with partners Save the Children Jordan and Medair, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a nutrition programme for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition among Syrian refugee women and children living in camps and communities in Jordan.

7 March 2014

South Sudan Conflict Reverses Progress On Food Security

FAO/WFP Joint News Release

JUBA – The conflict in South Sudan risks reversing gains in food security that the country had made over the last year, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Focus on Women
7 March 2014

Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

ROME – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.


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