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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 February 2017

World Must Act Now To Save Lives in Somalia, U.N. Agencies Warn

MOGADISHU – As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

Climate Change
3 February 2017

WFP Welcomes Denmark’s Support To Drought-Affected Somalis

COPENHAGEN – A well-timed contribution from Denmark of DKK 15 million (US$ 2.1 million) will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provide life-saving emergency assistance to people affected by drought in Somalia.

School Meals
3 August 2016

WFP’s Share The Meal App Fundraises For School Children Affected By El Niño Drought In Malawi

ROME/LILONGWE – Starting today, the World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app will fundraise to support emergency food relief in Malawi, following one of the strongest El Niño weather events on record. The goal is to provide school meals for an entire year to 58,000 school children in Zomba, a district in southern Malawi severely affected by drought and experiencing high levels of food insecurity. 

Responding to Emergencies
20 July 2016

WFP Begins Unprecedented Emergency Food Relief Operation In Drought-Hit Malawi

LILONGWE The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history. 

9 February 2016

El Niño, Drought Blamed As Severe Food Insecurity Doubles In 6 Months In Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haiti’s third consecutive year of drought, exacerbated by the global El Niño weather phenomenon, has driven people deeper into poverty and hunger, and doubled the severely food-insecure population, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

18 November 2015

Crucial Funding To WFP Avoids Suspension Of Food Assistance To Drought-Affected People In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Thanks to timely contributions from key donors, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to continue food distributions later this month for more than 1.5 million people in the Somali region of Ethiopia, and can scale up nutrition help to more than 700,000 children and nursing mothers in the most drought-affected areas. The scaling up of food and nutrition support is crucial to prevent vulnerable people falling into a deeper crisis.

12 November 2015

Over 2 Million In Central America Will Need Food Assistance Due To Drought, El Nino

PANAMA CITY – Some 2.3 million people in Central America, mostly subsistence farmers, day labourers and their families, will need food assistance because of significant crop losses due to prolonged drought exacerbated by the current El Niño event, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

12 August 2015

WFP and FAO Call for Structural Measures to Prevent Drought from Undermining the Food Security In the Dry Corridor In Central America

Panama City, August, 11, 2015 – For the second consecutive year, the vulnerable communities that live in the Dry Corridor of Central America are even more threatened as a consequence of the climatic conditions that affect the region.

7 January 2015

WFP’s Productive Safety Nets For Families In Drought And Flood-Stricken Areas Of Sindh

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun projects to improve livelihoods and reduce communities’ susceptibility to disasters in Tharparkar, Sanghar and Mirpurkhas districts of Sindh, thanks to a grant of US$2.78 million from the government of Australia. Around 13,200 families will receive cash payments for participation in disaster risk reduction activities.

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.

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