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Climate Change
12 October 2017

WFP Mobilizes Grant From The Green Climate Fund To Protect Farmers From Climate Change

ROME – A project designed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of Senegal to make smallholder farmers in West Africa better able to cope with the impact of climate change has been approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The US$10 million project will benefit some 400,000 smallholder farmers and vulnerable people in Senegal, helping them become more resilient to climate shocks such as drought which has afflicted much of Africa in recent decades.

School Meals
2 September 2016

25 African Governments To Attend Global Child Nutrition Forum To Strengthen School Meals

BRASILIA Representatives from more than 40 countries will meet in Yerevan, Armenia, from 5 to 9 September to discuss how to design and implement powerful and durable national school meals programmes. They will attend the Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF), the largest school meals conference in the world. This year, the Forum will host delegates from the governments of 25 African countries, among them 10 ministers of state.

School Meals
30 August 2016

School Meals At Risk For 1.3 Million Children In West And Central Africa

DAKAR – As schools resume this autumn, more than 1.3 million children across West and Central Africa risk missing out on school meals from the World Food Programme (WFP), as widening financial constraints force the United Nations agency – the top sponsor of such initiatives – to reduce its reach.

3 October 2014

More Than Food: In The Ebola Response WFP Building Health Centres, Flying In Aid Workers And Supplies

DAKAR/GENEVA – As of today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to more than 430,000 people affected by the Ebola crisis in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In support of a unified response under the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), WFP is ramping up services to the whole humanitarian effort.

Contributions to WFP
6 March 2014

Oman Contributes $1 Million For Hungry Families In Mauritania And Senegal

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$1 million from the Sultanate of Oman to support food assistance programmes that will benefit people suffering the effects of drought and conflict in West Africa.

Hunger in the news
17 May 2012

WFP Launches Distribution Of Cash Vouchers, Restocks Cereal Banks To Build Resilience

DAKAR – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is launching a distribution of cash vouchers in the town of Bignona, in the Ziguinchor region, tomorrow, for people hit by poor harvests and high food prices.

Hunger in the news
21 February 2012

Brazil to fund food purchasing in five African countries: Agreement signed with FAO and WFP

The Government is Brazil is providing $2 375 000 for a new local food purchase programme to be set up by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) to benefit farmers and vulnerable populations in five African countries – Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal.

Logistics
19 September 2011

Scaling Up Innovative Climate Change Adaptation And Insurance Solutions In Senegal

The World Food Programme and the United States Agency for International Development join together with Oxfam America and Swiss Re in a public private partnership to help the rural poor to protect their crops and livelihoods from climate variability.

Responding to Emergencies
2 February 2009

WFP Honours Saudi King As 'Champion In Battle Against Hunger'

ROME – WFP has honoured King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for his generous support of the agency’s work during 2008.  King Abdullah was named ‘Champion in the ...
29 July 2008

WFP gears up response to high food prices in West Africa

WFP is expanding operations in West Africa to feed an additional 1.4 million people hard hit by high food prices in Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

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