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Focus on Women
20 September 2016

WFP And Japan Partner To Empower Women Farmers In The Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Embassy of Japan today participated in a ceremony to provide equipment to support food-processing businesses and rural women’s entrepreneurship across seven rural communities in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

Focus on Women
2 July 2014

United Nations And Norway To Support Girls’ Education In Malawi

DEDZA, MALAWI– A new initiative to ensure better education for girls in Malawi is today being launched by Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg in Dedza. Improving Access and Quality of Education for Girls in Malawi is a three-year, MK 7.2 billion programme that provides a range of interventions to address key threats to girls’ education: poor food and nutrition, inadequate protection, poor-quality schooling and violations of girls’ sexual and reproductive rights.

24 June 2014

WFP ED And Norwegian PM Highlight Importance Of Girls’ Education In Fight Against Hunger

ROME – Education – especially for girls and children in conflict situations – was the focus, when the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, yesterday met the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, at WFP’s Rome headquarters.

Focus on Women
7 March 2014

Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

ROME – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.

Focus on Women
5 March 2014

Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

ROME/BISHKEK – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.

Focus on Women
17 October 2013

On World Food Day, WFP Says Investment In Nutrition Is Key To Unlocking A Better Future

ROME / VIENTIANE –The UN World Food Programme (WFP) marked World Food Day on 16 October by highlighting the power of nutrition to transform individuals, societies and economies, and the need to make it central to all development efforts.

Focus on Women
8 March 2013

On International Women’s Day, FAO/IFAD/WFP/IDLO Highlight Link Between Women, Violence And Food Security

Following is a joint statement from the leaders*of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) the World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).


* José Graziano da Silva, Director-General FAO; Kanayo F. Nwanze, President IFAD; Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director WFP; Irene Khan, Director-General IDLO.

Focus on Women
5 March 2013

Women, Violence And Food Security: International Women’s Day 2013

ROME –Leaders of international organisations based in Rome will meet at the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Friday 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day. They will highlight ways of protecting and empowering women and girls and the vital importance of food security. There will be a panel discussion with questions from the floor.

WFP Ambassadors
5 March 2013

WFP-Backed Team Reaches Top Of Mount Kilimanjaro In Celebration Of International Women’s Day

DAR ES SALAAM – Early this morning, an all-female climbing team supported by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Tanzania reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.

Focus on Women
3 April 2011

UN Leaders Raise Alarm On Plight Of Somali Refugees In Kenya

DADAAB – The heads of three United Nations agencies today expressed deep concern about the living conditions of more than 314,000 Somali refugees during a visit to three camps in Dadaab in northeastern Kenya.  More refugees are arriving daily, crowding more people into one of the largest refugee concentrations in the world.

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