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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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16 November 2017

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley, UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

4 October 2017

Japan Boosts WFP Food And Nutrition Programmes In Cholera-Ridden Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$1 million contribution from the Government of Japan to provide much-needed food and nutrition assistance in Yemen over the coming months. With these funds, WFP will be able to assist more than 130,000 people, including some 47,000 nursing mothers and pregnant women in areas hardest hit by cholera.
20 September 2017

WFP Provides Food Assistance To A Record 7 Million People In Yemen In August

SANA’A – In an ongoing struggle to avert famine in Yemen, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed to provide food assistance to a record seven million people across the country during the month of August 2017.

29 August 2017

UK Supports WFP Efforts To Avert Famine In Yemen

SANA’A – As efforts intensify to avert famine in Yemen, the United Kingdom has stepped up its support to the World Food Programme (WFP) by providing a contribution which will deliver life-saving food assistance for more than two million people in the country.

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26 July 2017

Statement by heads of UNICEF, WFP and WHO following visit to Yemen

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

17 July 2017

China Contributes US$5 Million To Support WFP Fight Against Famine In Yemen

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFPP) welcomed a US$5 million contribution from the Government of China which will provide one month of much-needed food assistance to more than 930,000 people suffering from hunger in Yemen.

8 July 2017

Statement From World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley On Life-Saving U.S. Donation To Fight Famines

I am most grateful for the strong support to fight famine that President Trump and the American people have just given the World Food Programme. And we are deeply thankful for the leadership of Chancellor Merkel as the G-20 host for putting Africa and the looming famines on the world’s agenda.

30 June 2017

UN World Food Programme Welcomes Japanese Contribution To Address Food Insecurity In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$4.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan, to help WFP fight the devastating food crisis in Yemen, building on the US$12.99 million grant contributed by Japan earlier this year.
24 May 2017

Help Prevent Famine With WFP’s ShareTheMeal App During Ramadan

ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.

28 April 2017

UN Food Agencies Warn Against Ignoring Famine Alarm

ROME – The leaders of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have called on the international community to urgently step up action to prevent further hunger deaths in four countries stalked by famine: northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

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