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23 November 2016

WFP Signs Landmark Agreement To Research Nutrition In Social Protection

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan today signed a landmark, three-year agreement to research and identify the most cost-effective strategies to improve the nutrition status of children between 6 and 23 months of age who are covered through social protection systems. The agreement was signed by WFP, the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and the Primary and Secondary Health Department in Punjab.

School Meals
27 September 2016

WFP School Meals In Jeopardy For Children In Mali As School Year Starts

BAMAKO – As schools resume next week in Mali, school meals for nearly 180,000 children in about 1,000 schools are in jeopardy due to financial constraints at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – the main supporter of such initiatives. Unless US$3 million in funding is found urgently, WFP will have to suspend its school meals programme in Mali.

Nutrition
17 September 2015

New Study Highlights Food Insecurity as Driver of Migration in Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), with the support of the Organization of American States (OAS), today released the findings of an exploratory study into the interaction of hunger, violence and migration and the impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people living in the Northern Triangle of Central America.

Nutrition
13 July 2015

Leaders Call For Increased Investment In Nutrition As Key To Africa’s Development

Addis Ababa – The African Union Commission in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), held a high level advocacy side event to advocate for increased investment in nutrition in order to “end all forms of malnutrition” as articulated in the post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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.

Nutrition
1 October 2014

WFP Launches Major Study Into Brazil's Success In Buying From Smallholder Farmers

JOHANNESBURG – The World Food Programme’s Centre of Excellence against Hunger is launching a research initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to analyse Brazil’s success in linking smallholder farmers with government demand for farmed food.

Nutrition
15 September 2014

Regional Experts Meet In Bangkok To Discuss Scale-Up Of Rice Fortification In Asia

BANGKOK – Adding essential vitamins and minerals to rice is a cost-effective way to address micronutrient deficiencies in many Asian countries and an international conference bringing together nearly 200 experts, including delegations from nine countries across the region, aims to determine concrete action to scale up rice fortification.

Nutrition
14 March 2014

Bolivia: More Than 10,000 Children Will Receive WFP School Meals in Tarija

LA PAZ - Beginning this March, 10,417 children in rural schools in the municipalities of Entre Ríos and Padcaya will receive food supplied by WFP as part of a sustainable school feeding programme.

Nutrition
22 November 2013

WFP Launches New Nutrition Strategy For Latin America And Caribbean

PANAMA CITY –The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean launched today a new Regional Nutrition Strategy that aims to provide a nutritional model for WFP on how to engage with governments of middle income countries. 

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.

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