The European Union is allocating an additional EUR 9.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support nearly 2 million primary school students in Nangarhar, Nuristan, Ghor, Farah and Jawzjan provinces over two years. With this new funding WFP will be able to provide nearly 900,000 boys and more than 850,000 girls in primary school with nutritious school snacks.
KABUL– After a slew of massive earthquakes in Afghanistan that left tens of thousands of people in desperate need in Herat province, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently appealing for US$19 million to provide emergency food assistance to 100,000 people.
ROME – As humanitarian supplies converged on Egypt’s border with Gaza, the United Nations World Food Programme today renewed its call for sustained humanitarian access to Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of people fleeing violence desperately need food, water and medical supplies. WFP already has food for 244,000 people close to the border with Gaza. More food supplies are arriving in northeastern Egypt, where an assistance hub is being set up.
PRAIA – The Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS) has generously contributed US$ 1 million to provide daily nutritious meals to 90,000 school children in Cabo-Verde during the 2023-2024 school year. This contribution comes from ECOWAS’ Regional Food Security Reserve built up in February 2013 to respond to food security crises across the region. It complements the efforts already made by ECOWAS and its partners, as well as those already undertaken by the Government of Cabo Verde.
NEW DELHI: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) facilitated a crucial learning visit for a high-level Nigerian delegation to India. India’s rice fortification journey inspired the delegation of government officials from ministries, health, food security and education departments, food regulatory bodies, and the private sector to advocate for mandatory integration of fortified rice in Nigeria's food-based social safety networks.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun rolling out food distributions to nearly 900,000 refugees in Ethiopia, following a full revamp of the safeguards and controls in its refugee operations. Families living in refugee camps across five regions, including new arrivals who have fled from Sudan, are receiving food parcels for the first time since WFP paused food distributions in June 2023, following reports of large-scale diversions.
ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating situation in Israel and the State of Palestine and the impact of this conflict on the affected populations.
ROME – In a private audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis received the UN World Food Programme Executive Director Cindy McCain to discuss the urgent need to tackle the food insecurity and humanitarian crises besetting the planet.
MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today welcomed a contribution of US$ 1.5 million (JP¥ 200 million) from the Government of Japan to provide life-saving assistance to 50,000 people in northern Mozambique.
BRASÍLIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced Brazilian chef, TV personality and businesswoman Rita Lobo, best known on TV and on the internet for her simple-to-follow recipes and charisma, as the organization’s High-Level Supporter in Brazil.
Kabul – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan welcomes a contribution by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) of US$100 million. The funding will allow WFP to provide critical food assistance to more than 1.3 million acutely food insecure people across the country for up to one year. A special focus will be on widow- and women-headed households and other highly vulnerable groups like people with disabilities or families surviving solely on begging. For many of these families, WFP has become their last lifeline.
JUBA – A hunger emergency is looming on the border between South Sudan and Sudan as families fleeing fighting in Sudan continue to cross the border every day, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. New data gathered by WFP shows that among the nearly 300,000 people who have arrived in South Sudan in the last five months, one in five children are malnourished and 90 percent of families say they are going multiple days without eating.
DAKAR – Over a hundred technical experts including government officials, policy makers, donor representatives, and researchers from Education, Agriculture, Gender and Social Protection sectors, from West Africa and beyond today kick-started a meeting in Dakar, Senegal to share knowledge and best practices on the implementation of school meals programmes using locally-sourced food.
YEREVAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is ramping up its efforts to assist people who have recently arrived at the Armenian border. As of Friday, the Armenian government confirmed that more than 90,000 individuals have sought refuge in Armenia since 23 September.
Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya, 29 September 2023 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed an agreement to strengthen the capacity of developing and emerging economies to address the unprecedented challenge of the climate crisis.
Kathmandu – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of $499,951 from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for monitoring activities that improve the quality and availability of data about food security, nutrition, and livelihoods in Nepal. Over the next two years, this information will enable public stakeholders to make more effective and data-driven investment decisions to improve food security and community resilience.
More than 25 million people continue to face crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the latest Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today. The country continues to be one of the world's largest food crises.
MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €8.6 million from the European Union (EU) to intensify efforts in addressing food insecurity among conflict-affected populations in northern Mozambique.
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Tajikistan today inaugurated two WFP-funded bridges over the Yaghnob river, at a ceremony attended by Rajabboi Ahmadzoda, Head of Sughd Region, along with representatives from the Ayni District and residents of the valley. The bridges will strengthen economic capacities and improve livelihoods and food security of rural communities in this valley of the Sughd Region.
JOHANNESBURG/NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement to implement an innovative initiative to equip schools in the Southern African region with high-quality digital and hybrid education.
PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Government officials, along with staff from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), are visiting the Republic of Korea (RoK) on a study tour aiming at strengthening Cambodia’s school meals programme. Backed by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the mission will enable participants to gain first-hand insights from Korea’s successful model.
COLOMBO – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over a substantial consignment of 4,700mt of soya beans and maize to Sri Lanka Thriposha Limited, to support the continuation of the Thriposha fortified food programme. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) facilitated the handover at a special event held at the Thriposha factory.
NIAMEY – More than 90,000 moderately malnourished children under five in crisis-hit regions of Niger can no longer access the specialized nutritional foods they desperately need to stop their condition becoming severe. Supplies of the vital humanitarian foods dried up in early September 2023 due to border closures which are preventing humanitarian actors - including the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) - from importing much needed nutritional products into Niger.