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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 August 2017

New study: fortified rice can reduce anaemia and zinc deficiency among poor in Bangladesh

DHAKA – A new study has shown that consuming fortified rice can significantly reduce anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poorest women in Bangladesh. Conducted by the research centre icddr,b and on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the study measured the impact of providing rice enriched with micronutrients to women participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme. The study also found that fortified rice, when combined with training and cash grants for investment, can also contribute to women’s empowerment.

17 August 2017

Japan Contributes US$2.75 M To WFP Chad

N’DJAMENA ── The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes Ja-pan’s contribution of US$2.75 million (Yen 300 million) to provide food assistance to 177,000 vulnerable people in Chad’s Sahel region, many of whom are uncertain where their next meal will come from.

17 August 2017

Guatemala Congress Signs Commitment To Fight Chronic Malnutrition

GUATEMALA CITY – The President of the National Congress, Oscar Stuardo Chinchilla, members of Congress, and the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today signed a commitment to end the scourge of chronic malnutrition or stunting, which currently affects almost half of Guatemalan children and deprives the country of important human capital.

16 August 2017

WFP begins food distributions to thousands hit by mudslides in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing food assistance to 7,500 people affected by the massive mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone that have killed scores of people and left many more homeless and in desperate need of assistance.

16 August 2017

WFP begins food distributions for thousands displaced by conflict in Kasai region of DRC

 TSHILUMBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partner World Vision have launched an emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 food insecure people in the Kasai and Kasai Central provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Food assistance will be provided to people who have fled their villages due to conflict in the region.

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14 August 2017

Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo

Around 7.7 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, FAO and WFP warn 

14 August 2017

WFP Campaign “Fighting Famine” Warns About Severe Food Crisis In Four Countries

MADRID –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a Fighting Famine” campaign in Spain to warn about the severe food crisis that puts 20 million people at risk of dying of hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and the Northeast of Nigeria. In these places, 1.4 million children are suffering from severe malnutrition and their lives are at risk. 

11 August 2017

Germany’s Support Helps Rebuild Livelihoods In South Sudan

JUBA – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$8 million from the Government of Germany to WFP’s recovery operation in South Sudan. The funds will enable WFP to support initiatives to strengthen the resilience of over 180,000 people through food assistance and cash transfers.

10 August 2017

Nigeria Channels Assistance To Troubled Northeast Through WFP

ABUJA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of 5,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of Nigeria. This will help feed nearly half-a-million internally displaced people in the conflict-ravaged northeast of the country, where the threat of famine endures.

9 August 2017

US Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance To Refugees From Western Sahara In Algeria

ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$1 million contribution from the United States to support vulnerable refugees from Western Sahara in Algeria. WFP will use the funds to provide staple food items as part of monthly food rations for thousands of refugee families.

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