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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
10 December 2013

Emergency Food Assistance Reaches People Displaced By Violence In Central African Republic

BANGUI– A joint rapid assessment in the Central African Republic (CAR) found that more than 60,000 people have  been displaced after renewed violence erupted  on 5 December and that food is  a priority. To respond to immediate needs, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance to affected people   across the capital, as well as in Bossangoa to the north-west.

10 December 2013

WFP Thanks Japan For Latest US$5.6 Million Contribution For Food-Insecure IDPs In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to Japan for its latest contribution of 460 million Japanese Yen (US$5.6 million), which will be used to provide wheat flour and pulses to food insecure and vulnerable internally displaced people (IDPs) in Yemen.

ED - E.Cousin
9 December 2013

Queen Máxima And Senior UN Officials Visit Ethiopia And Tanzania To Highlight The Role Of Financial Inclusion In Improving The lives Of Rural Poor

ADDIS ABABA – Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and the three food agencies of the United Nations are teaming up to raise awareness of how access to financial services – such as bank accounts, short-term credit, small loans, savings and insurance – can help improve the lives and livelihoods of smallholder farmers and the rural poor.

6 December 2013

UK Provides Food And Cash For Malawi’s Vulnerable Families During Lean Season

LILONGWE – The United Kingdom has contributed US$22 million (MWK 8.4 billion) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist Malawian families who are unable to meet their basic food needs. This contribution will enable WFP to provide food assistance to some 910,000 people for several months of the ‘lean season’, between now and March when the next harvest is due.
6 December 2013

WFP Staff Worldwide Join South Africa In Mourning Passing Of President Nelson Mandela

ROME – Today, people in South Africa and around the world are mourning the loss of an inspirational leader, President Nelson Mandela, a champion against injustice and a true ally in the fight against hunger.

3 December 2013

Nutrition Education Is Key - WFP and IFPRI Reveal First Evidence On Most Effective Safety Net Transfers

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) today presented the first findings of a joint research initiative that explores which types of social safety net transfers work best for the rural ultra-poor. The research initiative is supported and guided by the Government of Bangladesh, and funded by Germany, the United Nations Development Programme, the United States and Switzerland.

3 December 2013

U.S. Contribution Helps WFP Feed Newly Displaced & Other Vulnerable People In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Emergency Food Security Programme, today confirmed its contribution of US$9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan.
WFP Ambassadors
3 December 2013

WFP Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry Visits Syrian Refugees In Beirut

BEIRUT – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger Hend Sabry has visited Syrian refugees in Beirut as part of her efforts to draw attention to the plight of more than two million Syrians who fled violence to neighbouring countries

3 December 2013

WFP Forced To Reduce Food Assistance In Democratic Republic Of Congo

KINSHASA – Due to serious resource constraints, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will have to reduce or interrupt some of its activities as from this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), leaving thousands of people with no food assistance.

3 December 2013

U.S. Ambassador Leads Distribution Of food For Hungry Families In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – To help combat food insecurity in the Arta region of Djibouti, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi led a food distribution to 200 vulnerable families today. Those families received vital food rations that were contributed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as part of a substantial donation of food for 2013, and distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

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