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11 December 2017

Government And UN Team Up With Global Learning XPRIZE To Provide 2,400 Children With Education Software

MUHEZA DISTRICT, TANZANIA – At a ceremony today in a remote village in Tanga, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) distributed tablets to children loaded with education software.
10 December 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits Algeria, Including Camp for Western Sahara Refugees

ALGIERS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has concluded a two-day trip to Algeria. In Tindouf, southwestern Algeria, Beasley visited two of the five camps for refugees from Western Sahara, talking to refugees and examining WFP’s hydroponics project that helping refugee families grow animal fodder. Beasley also had discussions with senior government officials and WFP partners.

 

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7 December 2017

Japan to Support Efforts Targeting Crop-Destroying Fall Armyworm in South Sudan

JUBA/ROME – Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide $3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

7 December 2017

Kasai, DRC: millions at risk as funding dries up

KINSHASA – An acute hunger emergency in conflict-ravaged Greater Kasai could turn into a long-term disaster, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. While the agency has been working against the clock to help ever more people, the cash is quickly running out.

4 December 2017

WFP INTRODUCES ITS FIRST CASH ASSISTANCE IN TAJIKISTAN

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined forces with microfinance provider IMON International (MDO IMON) and the local cooperating partners to launch its first cash assistance project in Tajikistan.

 

2 December 2017

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

Joint statement by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director David Beasley, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

30 November 2017

WFP And UNFPA Join Forces To Advocate For Adolescent Girls In Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today joined forces to work on an advocacy initiative to promote discussion and increase investment in adolescents in Lao PDR. The two organisations signed a joint letter of collaboration, formalizing a partnership around the “Noi 2030 Framework”.
29 November 2017

WFP Expands Delivery Of Food Through Sudan To Hungry People In South Sudan

AWEIL, South Sudan – The World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully sent a first convoy to deliver food assistance from Sudan to the north-western South Sudanese city of Aweil in Bahr El-Ghazal region. It plans to send enough food down the new route in 2018 to feed 1.7 million people for 10 months.
29 November 2017

UN Humanitarian Air Services: The Backbone Of Humanitarian Assistance In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions from Denmark, the European Union (ECHO), Spain, and the United States of America (Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) that have supported United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operations in Mauritania this year. The US$2.8 million in contributions made by these donors have been instrumental in keeping the life-saving service in operation in 2017.

29 November 2017

Germany Provides Critical Humanitarian Assistance For Refugees In Tanzania And Rwanda

DAR ES SALAAM – The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda. This funding is vital as WFP refugee operations in the region are facing critical funding shortages. WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received EUR 1 million from the contribution.

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