Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.
JOHANNESBURG - The Government of Japan has announced a donation of US$5 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in southern Africa, where hundreds of thousands of people are currently facing food shortages due to drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.
Statement by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on World AIDS Day
ROME – We believe that food is life, and this World AIDS Day (1 December) the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating the work we do with our partners around the world to bring food assistance to more than 1.3 million people living with and affected by HIV and tuberculosis in 31 countries.
Abuja, 28 March: The first report of the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study that unveils the crushing impact of child undernutrition on the economies of four African countries was launched today in Abuja, Nigeria during a high level event organized on the sidelines of the Seventh Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
MBABANE - Swaziland loses some SZL 783 million (US$92 million) annually - as much as 3.1 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - due to the effects of undernutrition. This is the alarming conclusion of a new study entitled The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA), released in Swaziland today.
MBABANE, SWAZILAND – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is joining forces with Zumba Fitness—the world’s largest dance-fitness company – to hold a Zumba Fitness Party in the capital today. The event will celebrate “The Great Calorie Drive,” a campaign created by Zumba Fitness that supports WFP’s efforts to fight hunger in Swaziland and Nicaragua.
MBABANE –As the festive season approaches, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be celebrating - along with 97,000 orphans and 33,000 other vulnerable children - with the resumption of food distributions to 1,600 Swaziland neighbourhood care points. The service was disrupted earlier this year due to lack of funding.
FAO has called for a renewed commitment to guarantee the right to food for the world's hundreds of millions of hungry people.