MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have launched WFP BRIDGE, a new, innovative funding mechanism seeking to support diverse efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger (SDG2).
JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed an urgent contribution of NOK 30 million (US$2,9 million) from the Government of Norway which will allow WFP to continue providing critical food assistance to the most at-risk families in Palestine.
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Violence caused by armed groups, economic slowdown and climate-related effects continue to drive high levels of hunger in Haiti, according to a new Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report issued last week. Despite a reduction in the number of people facing acute food insecurity across the country, 44 percent of Haitians continue to find themselves in either Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of hunger.
CAIRO – The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun providing desperately needed food assistance to more than 5,000 families displaced by massive flooding in Libya. Entire neighbourhoods in the city of Derna have disappeared, along with many of their residents, after flood waters from Storm Daniel caused two ageing dams to collapse.
ROME – Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) issued a stark warning for global food security, estimating that every one percent cut in food assistance risks pushing more than 400,000 people towards the brink of starvation.
VIENTIANE - Demonstrated impact of the Agriculture for Nutrition project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today led to the launch of phase two of the project.
AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Germany jointly announce a vital step in ensuring the continuity of food assistance for vulnerable refugees in Jordan. Germany's generous contribution of EUR 10 million (US$10.8 million) arrives at a critical juncture, preventing the imminent suspension of food assistance for 410,000 refugees from Syria and other countries living across Jordan in the approaching month of October. The top-up brings Germany’s contributions to WFP’s humanitarian response in Jordan to EUR 50 million (US$54 million) in 2023 alone.
Yaoundé / Bangui – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of USD $3.3 million (equivalent to 450 million Japanese Yen, or approximately 2 billion XAF) from the Government of Japan. This funding will be used to provide integrated food and nutrition assistance to people severely affected by ongoing crisis in Cameroon and Central African Republic.
KABUL – The World Food Programme (WFP) is being forced to drop another 2 million hungry people from food assistance in Afghanistan in September, bringing to 10 million the number of people cut off from its support this year in the country. Due to a massive funding shortfall, going forward WFP will only be able to provide emergency assistance to 3 million people per month.
RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a vital and timely contribution of JPY 200 million (US$1.5 million) from the Government of Japan which will enable WFP to provide much-needed food assistance to the most vulnerable Palestinian families in Gaza.
JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has released a record-breaking US$ 12.8 million as part of efforts to combat the impending drought impact caused by El Niño in four southern African countries. The funds - the largest such pay-out to date - will be used to implement a range of anticipatory actions aimed at safeguarding the lives and livelihoods of over half a million people.
WINDHOEK – The Government of Brazil has generously donated US$ 120,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Namibia, aiming to enhance food accessibility and alleviate malnutrition in five regions of the country.
Ongoing conflict and lack of humanitarian access are weakening already vulnerable communities.
Bamako – A combination of protracted armed conflict, internal displacement, and restricted humanitarian access risks pushing nearly one million children under the age of 5 in Mali into acute malnutrition by December 2023 – with at least 200,000 at risk of dying of hunger if life-saving aid fails to reach them.
DAKAR – The Regional United Nations (UN) agencies are concerned that millions of people are at severe risk unless humanitarian aid and increased funding support, is provided in Niger and Central Sahel.
KYIV – The UN World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Policy and the Pension Fund of Ukraine, has started transferring complementary cash payments to pensioners in regions most affected by the war.
JORDAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today a generous contribution of US$6.8 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief), to support its operations in Jordan. This funding will provide much-needed support to Syrian refugees residing in camps and arrives just in the nick of time to avert imminent further cuts in food assistance.
Yerevan – With the support of partners including the Government of Armenia, Goris Municipality, the Government of the People’s Republic of China, and the Joint SDG Fund, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), has established a legume processing center in Armenia's Syunik province. The initiative aims to improve the availability and access to nutritious food through investments that decrease post-harvest loss and support farmer’s link to markets.
BRASILIA – Around 200 participants from more than 20 countries, including government ministers, representatives from international financial institutions and the United Nations are set to gather in Brasilia on 29-31 August to reinforce commitments and chart out pathways to strengthen human capital in the region so that every person is able to reach their full potential.
Against a backdrop of rising food costs and successive climatic and economic shocks, Stanlake Samkange, WFP’s Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, arrived in Timor-Leste today for a four-day mission to strengthen WFP’s joint efforts working with the Government of Timor-Leste and other key stakeholders on food security and nutrition.
This is a summary of what was said by Peter Musoko, Country Director for WFP in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Geneva – The ongoing political instability and armed conflicts in the DRC have devastated food production and distribution systems. Displacement of people, destruction of infrastructure, and disruption of agricultural activities have led to widespread food shortages and increased vulnerability to hunger, with 1.5 million people in emergency levels of food insecurity.
PANAMA CITY – As Tropical Storm Franklin approaches Hispaniola Island - bringing with it heavy rains, flood risk, storm surges and strong winds - United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency response teams in both the Dominican Republic and Haiti are prepositioning food stocks and preparing emergency assistance for the most vulnerable communities in the path of the storm.
SANAA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced today that it is facing a deeper funding crisis for its Yemen operations from the end of September onward. This will force WFP to make difficult decisions about further cuts to our food assistance programs across the country in the coming months. All of WFP’s major programs will be affected – General Food Assistance (GFA), Nutrition, School Feeding and Resilience Activities – totalling 17.7 million interventions in the first half of 2023.
Quetta, Balochistan – WFP Pakistan strengthened its partnership with the Government of Balochistan to roll out programmes in line with its 2023-2027 five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The agreement was signed by WFP Pakistan’s Country Director and Representative Chris Kaye, and Hafiz Abdul Basit, Additional Chief Secretary of the Planning and Development Department, Government of Balochistan, during a ceremony held in Quetta.
Ouagadougou – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) strongly condemns an attack on one of its helicopters that was transporting life-saving food assistance to the most vulnerable women, men, and children in the besieged town of Djibo in the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.