News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

15 July 2016

National Statistics Committee And WFP Agree To Collaborate On Food Security Statistics In The Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (NSC) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the analysis and dissemination of food security statistics in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

ED - E.Cousin
15 July 2016

WFP Executive Director Visits Drought-Hit Malawi

LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will visit Malawi next week at a time when the country is facing its worst food security crisis in decades. Ms. Cousin is due to arrive in the southern African country on Monday 18 and to stay till Wednesday 20 July. 

Responding to Emergencies
14 July 2016

WFP Condemns Looting Of Food Warehouse In Juba, Still Assists Thousands Affected By Fighting

JUBA, South Sudan – The World Food Programme is outraged by the looting of its main warehouse in Juba. Despite that serious setback, WFP staff have already been distributing vital food assistance to people displaced by the violence in the South Sudanese capital.

Contributions to WFP
12 July 2016

EU Humanitarian Aid Helps WFP Maintain Assistance To Conflict-Affected People In Eastern Ukraine

KIEV – As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continues, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of EUR 800,000 (US$ 891,861 ) in humanitarian aid from the European Union (EU) in support of the WFP-led Logistics Cluster in Ukraine.

11 July 2016

World Food Programme Launches Innovation Accelerator To Test Drive Hunger Solutions

MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today stepped up its search for innovative solutions to spur progress towards Zero Hunger by launching an Innovation Accelerator to identify and nurture new, bold responses to humanitarian and development challenges as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Responding to Emergencies
10 July 2016

WFP Airlifts Bring Humanitarian Lifeline To Families In Northeast Syria

DAMASCUS – The first UN World Food Programme (WFP) flight carrying food to families cut off from humanitarian supplies in Al Hassakeh Governorate landed Saturday night in Qamishly airport. 

8 July 2016

Samoa And WFP Launch First Regional Workshop To Bolster Emergency Telecommunications For Disaster Resilience In The Pacific

Apia, Samoa – Emergency responders and telecommunications experts from across the Pacific are converging in Apia on 11-13 July to discuss ways to improve emergency communications for disaster, at the first regional workshop of its kind jointly hosted by the Samoan Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
Responding to Emergencies
8 July 2016

EU Helps WFP Strengthen Livelihoods For 50,000 People In Lake Chad Region

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €3.5 million (US$3.9 million) from the European Union to support 50,000 highly vulnerable people in the Lake Chad region, west of the Sahelian belt. The contribution which is provided by the EU’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP), enables WFP to go beyond providing emergency relief in a poor region where insecurity and massive population displacements are causing a steep deterioration of people’s food and nutritional status.

7 July 2016

Food Insecurity Reaches Extreme Level In Pockets Of Nigerias Borno State

Conflict in northeast Nigeria has left a significant portion of the population without access to adequate food, water, and health services.

7 July 2016

WFP Supports The Government Of Swaziland With Emergency Food In Drought-Hit Areas

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started relief distributions of food assistance in Swaziland in response to rising hunger due to the worst drought in the region in more than two decades.


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