News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 January 2016

WFP Food Convoy Enters Besieged Areas Inside City Of Taiz In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to send food supplies inside areas under siege in the central Yemeni city of Taiz where residents have been suffering in dire conditions with very little food.

25 January 2016

WFP Extends Food Assistance In Eastern Ukraine Until June 2016

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today it would extend its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to provide more than 260,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of June 2016. 

22 January 2016

New Resource Centre To Provide Better Insight On Food Security

YANGON – A new resource centre in Sittwe promises to help the Government and development organizations to better understand the extent of food insecurity, both in Rakhine State and across the country.

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22 January 2016

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg Receives WFP Hunger Hero Award

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is honouring Hans Vestberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ericsson, for Ericsson’s pioneering work providing telecommunications solutions in support of humanitarian response. The 2016 Hunger Hero Award was presented to him yesterday at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

21 January 2016

WFP Appoints TV Personality Suhair Al-Qayssei As Celebrity Partner In Iraq

BAGHDAD – Award-winning journalist and celebrity news anchor Suhair Al-Qayssei was named today as a Celebrity Partner for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Iraq.

21 January 2016

More Than 100 Humanitarian Organizations And UN Agencies Urge Public To Join Syria Appeal

ROME – More than 100 humanitarian organizations and United Nations agencies issued a powerful joint appeal today, urging people around the world to raise their voices and call for an end to the Syria crisis and to the suffering endured by millions of civilians.

20 January 2016

Half The Population Of The Central African Republic Faces Hunger, WFP Warns

BANGUI – An Emergency Food Security Assessment by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners reveals that half the population of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) – nearly 2.5 million people − faces hunger. This marks a doubling in the number of hungry people in a one-year period, as conflict and insecurity have led to limited access to and availability of food.

20 January 2016

WFP Opens Logistics Hub For Humanitarian Assistance In Horn Of Africa

DJIBOUTI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with the Government of Djibouti has officially opened a new humanitarian logistics base that will support assistance operations across the Horn of Africa by improving storage and transport of relief goods.

20 January 2016

WFP Boosts Food Security By Connecting Smallholder Farmers To Global Markets

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an important agreement which is the next step towards unlocking opportunities for smallholder farmers in the developing world.

19 January 2016

Emirates Red Crescent Contribution Helps WFP Save Lives In Northern Mali

BAMAKO - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC)’s contribution of US$1 million to help nearly 30,000 malnourished children and women in the regions of Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal, where the nutritional situation is alarming.


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