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14 February 2017

Sri Lanka Government Prioritises Achieving Zero Hunger And Zero Undernutrition

COLOMBO  –  Concluding a three-day mission to Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, joined government, civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN community in the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition – Towards Zero Hunger. Cousin praised the efforts of the Government to place food and nutrition security at the core of the country’s development agenda. 

9 February 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, travels to Sri Lanka on Friday at the invitation of the Government to attend the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition, which will help shape and inform the country’s ongoing efforts to achieve the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG2) of zero hunger.
6 October 2016

KOICA & WFP Partnership Builds Shock Resistance In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

Contributions to WFP
9 September 2016

Japan Steps Up Support To Fight Hunger And Boost Nutrition In Africa

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.

7 July 2016

WFP Delivers Cash Assistance To Cyclone Roanu Survivors In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing cash assistance to more than 40,000 people affected by recent floods in the hardest-hit districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kegalle and Ratnapura.
Nutrition
27 March 2015

UN And Government Of Sri Lanka Launch Multi-Sector Initiative Against Undernutrition

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a joint project in support of Government policy to fight undernutrition in Sri Lanka. The ‘Scaling Up Nutrition through Multi-Sector Approach’ was launched on 18 March 2015 at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine under the auspices of Honorable Dr. Rajith Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, D. M. R. B. Dissanayke, Secretary to the Ministry, Ismail Omer, Representative and Country Director of WFP Sri Lanka and representatives from FAO.

1 October 2014

WFP Assists Communities Affected By Drought In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun relief operations to bring food assistance to tens of thousands of Sri Lankans affected by recent drought.

14 March 2014

Sri Lanka Donates Rice To WFP Operations At Home And Abroad

COLOMBO – The Government of Sri Lanka today delivered the first part of a donation of 50,000 metric tons of rice, valued at about US$22 million, to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for distribution to people in need in Sri Lanka and ten other countries in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

1 August 2013

GIZ And WFP Partner To Assist School Children In Northern Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – Nearly 170 schools in Jaffna, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu in Northern Sri Lanka have received new kitchen utensils, bowls and spoons from the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) to supplement the school meals programmes implemented by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The grant of Sri Lankan Rupees 2.4 million (US$ 18,200) is part of GIZ’s efforts to help reintegrate internally displaced people in the Vanni Region, and will benefit more than 32,000 children.
Hunger in the news
19 April 2012

World Food Programme Welcomes Donation From Government Of Brazil

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$2.2 million donation of white rice and beans from the Government of Brazil.

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