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13 November 2017

WFP Concerned about High Malnutrition Rates among Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is redoubling its efforts to address malnutrition among refugees in Cox’s Bazar but warns that a broader effort is needed because clean water, toilets and health facilities are just as vital as food in effectively tackling malnutrition.

22 October 2017

WFP Media Advisory - Rohingya Pledging Conference: Multimedia Materials for Journalists and Broadcasters

ROME – As leaders gather for the Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Crisis in Geneva tomorrow, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, called for access and resources to alleviate the suffering of more than half a million people. WFP has provided food to the 580,000 people who have flooded out of Myanmar since August 25.

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13 October 2017

WFP Welcomes Vital Funding for School Meals from US Department of Agriculture

WASHINGTON/ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will provide daily school meals for nearly half a million children in four countries over the next several years through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program. 

1 October 2017

WFP Chief: International Community Must Continue to Support Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today reiterated WFP’s commitment to supporting people fleeing violence in Myanmar as he met refugee families and saw WFP relief activities in the new settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area.

26 September 2017

WFP Food Provided To Majority Of New Arrivals In Cox’s Bazar

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh by providing food to people arriving in Cox’s Bazar following an outbreak of violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State.

12 September 2017

WFP Scales Up Food Distributions To People Fleeing Violence In Myanmar

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme is responding to the urgent food needs of tens of thousands of hungry people arriving in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh as they flee violence and unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

6 September 2017

WFP Provides Food To People Fleeing Myanmar Violence

DHAKA – WFP is distributing food to people fleeing into Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. An estimated 146,000 people have streamed across the border into the district of Cox’s Bazar since 25 August.

22 August 2017

WFP Delivers Emergency Food Assistance To 200,000 Flood Victims

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing emergency food supplies to more than 200,000 people in northwest Bangladesh, about a week after massive floods inundated more than half the country.

17 August 2017

New study: fortified rice can reduce anaemia and zinc deficiency among poor in Bangladesh

DHAKA – A new study has shown that consuming fortified rice can significantly reduce anaemia and zinc deficiencies among the poorest women in Bangladesh. Conducted by the research centre icddr,b and on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the study measured the impact of providing rice enriched with micronutrients to women participating in the Government’s Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programme. The study also found that fortified rice, when combined with training and cash grants for investment, can also contribute to women’s empowerment.

9 May 2017

Dates From Saudi Arabia, A Special Treat For School Children In Bangladesh

DHAKA – The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is providing dates to thousands of school children in Bangladesh through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). A gift from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS Relief), the dates will be distributed by WFP through its school feeding programme to 275,000 children and their families in some of the poorest areas of Bangladesh.

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