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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Contributions to WFP
18 September 2016

UK Supports WFP Cash And Voucher Programme For Vulnerable People In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of GBP 3 million from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) for its cash and voucher assistance programme supporting conflict-affected communities in Sudan.  

Responding to Emergencies
13 September 2016

WFP Provides Emergency Relief To Over 140,000 People Hit By Floods In DPRK

PYONGYANG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food assistance to more than 140,000 people in the north of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) affected by some of the worst floods in recent history. WFP is concerned about the continued vulnerability of these people as the extremely cold winter is approaching and major food losses are expected. 

Contributions to WFP
9 September 2016

Japan Steps Up Support To Fight Hunger And Boost Nutrition In Africa

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21.6 million cash contribution from the Government of Japan to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 11 countries, with 90 percent of the contribution going to 10 African nations.

Statement
8 September 2016

European Union Funds Assistance Through WFP To Assist One Million Refugees In Turkey

Statement by Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, in response to the European Union’s announcement of the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN).

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
8 September 2016

WFP And The Government Of Sierra Leone Bolster Care And Support To HIV/TB Patients

FREETOWN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$3.1 million from the Government of Sierra Leone and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria - enabling WFP to scale up nutritional support for more than 20,000 Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) and tuberculosis (TB) patients.

Contributions to WFP
8 September 2016

Japan Donation Boosts WFP’s Assistance To Refugees In Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of US$1.8 million from the Government of Japan for food and nutrition assistance to more than 200,000 refugees in northwest Tanzania. 

NGOs
8 September 2016

WFP Partners With Alola & World Vision To Screen 17,000 Families For Malnutrition

DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered with two non-governmental organizations, the Alola Foundation and World Vision, to screen thousands of households for malnutrition in three municipalities of Timor-Leste. 

6 September 2016

WFP Distributes Food To Families In Northern Iraqi Town Besieged For Over Two Years

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed desperately needed food for more than 30,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Qayyarah, 60 kilometres south of Mosul. The town was under siege and inaccessible for over two years. 

Statement
5 September 2016

Pope Francis Urges FAO, WFP Leaders To Keep Up Fight Against Hunger

Pontiff cites Saint Teresa of Calcutta as inspiration for all

ROME - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her life to assisting the poorest of the poor, stands as an inspiration to all to work together to eradicate hunger and poverty worldwide, Pope Francis told FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a short meeting yesterday.

School Meals
2 September 2016

25 African Governments To Attend Global Child Nutrition Forum To Strengthen School Meals

BRASILIA Representatives from more than 40 countries will meet in Yerevan, Armenia, from 5 to 9 September to discuss how to design and implement powerful and durable national school meals programmes. They will attend the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), the largest school meals conference in the world. This year, the Forum will host delegates from the governments of 25 African countries, among them 10 ministers of state.

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