Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
ANTANANARIVO – The results of a new Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study indicate that Madagascar’s economy loses 3.384 billion Ariary (US$1.5 billion) per year – the equivalent of 14.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – to the effects of malnutrition.
$67 million needed in food aid and farming support for upcoming planting season
JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI - Following findings from a recent food security assessment across southern Madagascar, UN agencies are scaling up closely coordinated efforts to prevent an already dire situation from becoming a catastrophe.
ANTANANARIVO – As a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of Madagascar, the World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition.
ANTANANARIVO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has arrived in Madagascar for a three-day visit, as the country comes to grips with the devastating impact of three years of drought.
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21.6 million cash contribution from the Government of Japan to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to the most vulnerable people in 11 countries, with 90 percent of the contribution going to 10 African nations.
Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*
Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.
JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.
ANTANANARIVO – Nearly 1.9 million people - 46 percent of the population from eight regions of Madagascar - are now food insecure with 450,000 of them facing severe food insecurity, according to the Crop and Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM), an assessment by the Government of Madagascar, United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).
ANTANANARIVO – Children from schools receiving United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) daily meals will compete on Friday in an exhibition match to promote WFP’s Tackle Hunger partnership with the International Rugby Board (IRB). Coinciding with the African leg of the Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification process, the Webb Ellis Cup – the highest award in world rugby – will be on display during the match as part of a global trophy tour in the build-up to next year’s Rugby World Cup finals in England.