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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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12 September 2017

WFP Ramps Up Assistance To Islands Of The Caribbean Battered By Hurricane Irma

ROME – WFP has launched a range of operations in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. These assistance activities are being mounted in support of national governments, regional organizations, disaster agencies and humanitarian actors across the region.

6 September 2017

WFP Gets Ready To Respond To “Extremely Dangerous” Hurricane Irma In The Caribbean

PORT AU PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is preparing to provide emergency assistance to the people of Haiti should the country be hit by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded. The Category 5 storm, described as “extremely dangerous” by the United States’ National Hurricane Centre, was due to pass over the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Thursday. It could make landfall in the US state of Florida at the weekend.

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26 June 2017

WFP Launches ShareTheMeal Campaign To Raise 150,000 Meals For Children In Haiti To Mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary

CANADA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched the #ASK1TOASK1 campaign, asking all Canadians to join the challenge to raise 150,000 meals for children in Haiti through the ShareTheMeal app to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

16 March 2017

Haiti: Community Radio Stations Back On The Airwaves In Hurricane-Affected Areas

HAITI - When Hurricane Matthew ripped through Haiti in October 2016, many communities struggled to recover amid torrential rains, blocked routes and the interruption of radio stations and telephone networks. In addition to humanitarian assistance, people were desperate for something else: access to accurate, useful information. The World Food Programme (WFP) and media development organisation Internews are restoring four community radio stations damaged by Hurricane Matthew, improving their ability to transmit localised humanitarian messages and enabling Haitians to receive critical updates and engage in the recovery of their communities.

Responding to Emergencies
18 January 2017

Haiti: New Assessment Shows Food Insecurity Halved In The Areas Affected By Hurricane Matthew

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Three months after Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti, the number of people facing hunger and food insecurity in Grande-Anse and Sud - the most affected areas - has declined steadily from approximately 1 million to 400,000, a recent assessment shows.

Responding to Emergencies
4 November 2016

One Month On From Hurricane Matthew, WFP Has Fed Nearly 400,000 Haitians

PORT-AU-PRINCE – A month after Hurricane Matthew made devastating landfall in Haiti, claiming many lives and destroying livelihoods and infrastructure, the World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food assistance to almost 400,000 people as part of its continuing support to the Government’s recovery efforts.

24 October 2016

Food Security Of 800,000 Haitians Seriously Threatened After Hurricane

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Some 1,4 million Haitians require food assistance in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which wrought widespread devastation on supplies and crops across large swaths of the island nation. More than half – 800,000 people – are in dire need of immediate food aid, according to an emergency field assessment.

Responding to Emergencies
14 October 2016

WFP Delivering Food Assistance To Survivors Of Hurricane Matthew In Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Haiti in providing emergency food assistance to 750,000 people in regions battered by powerful Hurricane Matthew.

4 October 2016

WFP Mobilizes To Assist People Affected By Hurricane Matthew

PORT AU PRINCE –  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is mobilizing to respond if requested by Caribbean countries in the path of Hurricane Matthew, as it struck Haiti on Tuesday as a Category 4 hurricane.

10 August 2016

“Hidden Hunger”, A Serious Public Health Issue In Latin America And The Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO – Startling figures were released today about the impact of micronutrient deficiencies, or “hidden hunger” during the opening of the First Regional Workshop on Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which aims to highlight rice fortification as a cost-effective strategy that can help countries achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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