News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

30 January 2014

Buying From Small Farmers Boosts The Economy And Helps Meet Food Needs Of Haiti’s Poor, Says WFP Regional Director

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Purchasing food produced by small farmers in Haiti to help meet local people’s food needs while boosting the economy is a pillar of the United Nations World Food Programme’s strategy in this Caribbean nation, said the new WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Miguel Barreto.

22 November 2013

WFP Launches New Nutrition Strategy For Latin America And Caribbean

PANAMA CITY –The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean launched today a new Regional Nutrition Strategy that aims to provide a nutritional model for WFP on how to engage with governments of middle income countries. 

Responding to Emergencies
11 January 2013

Helping the Rural Poor a Priority for Haiti 3 Years After the Earthquake: Says WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that while there has been progress recovering from the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, Haitians are now facing new food security challenges with the effects of drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

Hunger in the news
13 November 2012

Nutrition And Incomes: Two Urgent Challenges In Haiti Until Mid-2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is warning that more than 1.5 million vulnerable people are at risk of continued food insecurity well into 2013, following a series of weather emergencies in the past six months: a drought, followed by tropical storm Isaac and hurricane Sandy.

Hunger in the news
13 June 2012

WFP Reinforces Commitment To End Hunger Through "True Partnerships" In Haiti

PORT AU PRINCE – On her first trip to Haiti as the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, confirmed WFP’s commitment to support Haiti in finding sustainable solutions to hunger and malnutrition.

Hunger in the news
12 January 2012

Two Years After The Earthquake Food Security Is Still A High Priority For Haitians

Two years after the Haiti earthquake, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), with the government and partners, has made significant progress to improve food security. A lot remains to be done and each month, WFP continues to provide food assistance to 1.5 million people.

Hunger in the news
13 April 2011

Amadou And Mariam: Ambassadors Against Hunger For WFP And The European Union

Rome - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the internationally acclaimed Malian singers Amadou & Mariam as WFP Ambassadors against Hunger for the European Union.

11 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Almost one year ago, the ground began shaking in Haiti and the lives of millions were changed forever.  What came after the quake was a disaster that stretched WFP’s humanitarian expertise to the limit, challenged our response through its complexity and daunted us with the sheer scale of its impact on the Haitian people.

7 November 2010

WFP Delivers Emergency Food Supplies in Haiti After Hurricane Tomas

PORT AU PRINCE – In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working closely with the Haitian authorities and other partners to distribute high-energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) to thousands of people who had taken refuge in schools and churches in the south-west of the country.  In some of the most storm-affected, such as Jeremie, distributions began within hours of the first heavy rains.

ED - J.Sheeran
14 October 2010

WFP Thanks Sweden for Ongoing Support in the Fight Against Hunger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today thanked the Swedish government for pledging record levels of support in 2011 for programmes that provide food assistance to the most vulnerable people around the world.  Sweden’s contribution to WFP -- which is fully flexible and can be used to provide food assistance wherever it is needed most -- is expected to reach SEK 556 million in 2011, a 15 per cent increase on the 2010 contribution.


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