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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Responding to Emergencies
16 February 2018

WFP Broadens Operation to Stem Severe Hunger In Democratic Republic Of Congo's Kasai Region

KINSHASA – In the face of escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding, the United Nations World Food Programme is energizing two key elements of its emergency operation to prevent famine in war-ravaged Kasai: cash distributions to the most vulnerable and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.

14 February 2018

WFP Reiterates Commitment To Supporting Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has restated the organization’s commitment to providing food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

9 February 2018

Poor Rains and Crop Infestation Threaten Deeper Hunger Across Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The twin scourges of another prolonged dry spell and an invasive crop-eating worm are set to sharply curtail harvests across southern Africa, driving millions of people – most of them children – into severe hunger, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

7 February 2018

First-Ever Regional Training Of Pacific Food Security Cluster Coordinators Concludes In Fiji

NADI – Humanitarian responders from six Pacific Island nations came together this week to improve how they prepare for and respond to natural disasters, fine-tuning their leadership and coordination skills. A two-and-a-half-day emergency simulation helped responders learn from each other and master the latest global best practices in emergency food security response.

6 February 2018

WFP And Partners Work To Build Emergency Logistics Response Capacity In Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s leading emergency logistics experts gathered in Islamabad 15-20 January for the nation’s first National Logistics Response Team (LRT) Training, jointly organized by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Global Logistics Cluster. 

Contributions to WFP
2 February 2018

Sweden and WFP sign landmark agreement bringing hope to millions in forgotten crises

STOCKHOLM – The Swedish Government and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement, with Sweden making a historic commitment of approximately US$370 million in flexible funds to WFP over the next four years (2018 to 2021). The contribution is the largest ever made by a donor within a WFP Strategic Partnership Agreement. 

31 January 2018

EU Contributed Over €1 Billion to WFP In The Fight Against Hunger in 2017

BRUSSELS - Last year, the European Commission contributed over €1 billion to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), making it the second-largest donor to the agency in 2017. Millions of people across 48 countries had better access to lifesaving and nutritious food thanks to the European Union’s (EU) commitment to fight hunger worldwide. 

Contributions to WFP
30 January 2018

Belgium strengthens partnership with WFP in a year of rising needs

BRUSSELS – In 2017, the Government of Belgium reinforced its partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition. Last year, the Belgian Development Cooperation contributed nearly €20 million to WFP operations that assisted more than 14.5 million people in nine countries and supported responses to some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.

Responding to Emergencies
29 January 2018

The U.S. Government And the World Food Programme Partner To Defeat Malnutrition In Tajikistan

KHATLON PROVINCE, TAJIKISTAN – Staff from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director Mariko Kawabata in a visit to Balkhi district in Khatlon to review the progress of the recently launched project for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in Tajikistan. The group visited a project-supported rural health center and spoke with healthcare professionals and patients receiving support.

29 January 2018

Hunger in conflict zones continues to intensify

ROME - FAO and WFP update UN Security Council on food insecurity hot spots, need for continued humanitarian support.

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