News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

31 December 2018

WFP demands action after uncovering misuse of food relief intended for hungry people in Yemen

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is demanding an immediate end to the diversion of humanitarian food relief in Yemen after uncovering evidence of the practice in the capital, Sana’a, and other parts of the country controlled by the Ansarullah (Houthi) movement.
20 December 2018

In a year of deepening hunger, WFP reaches a record 5 million people in Democratic Republic of Congo

KINSHASA – With widening violence, largescale displacement, poor harvests and endemic poverty nearly doubling the number of acutely food insecure people in DRC this year to 13.1 million, the World Food Programme (WFP) significantly expanded its operations, reaching a record 5 million, a twofold increase from 2017.
19 December 2018

Funding crunch forces WFP to reduce food assistance in Palestine despite rising need

JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a severe funding shortfall in Palestine that will affect some 193,000 of the poorest people in Gaza and the West Bank as of January 2019.
18 December 2018

WFP driver killed in Democratic Republic of Congo

KINSHASA – The World Food Programme is deeply saddened by the killing on Monday of a staff member in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
18 December 2018

Vital UN Air Service risks being grounded in Central African Republic due to funding shortages

BANGUI –The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) that enables aid workers to deploy to reach tens of thousands of people in need in the Central African Republic (CAR) is at risk of shutting down due to a shortage of funds, the World Food Programme (WFP) that manages the service warned today.
17 December 2018

WFP celebrates 50 years of Egypt with launch of knowledge-sharing partnership with government

CAIRO – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Egypt, the Egyptian Government and WFP yesterday signed an agreement to benefit neighbouring and African countries through the exchange of knowledge and expertise in support of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the goal of Zero Hunger.
17 December 2018

Belgium and WFP invite technology and innovation champions to join the humanitarian hackathon

BRUSSELS - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Belgian Ministry for Development Cooperation and Hack Belgium Labs are inviting technology and innovation champions to join the first ever Humanitarian Hackathon focused on food security. It will take place at Egmont Palace in Brussels on 15-16 January 2019, aiming to develop technology-driven solutions for some of today’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
17 December 2018

Germany supports WFP's humanitarian assistance for refugees in Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €3.25 million contribution from the Federal Republic of Germany to support its work in favour of refugees and asylum seekers in Tanzania in 2018-19.
8 December 2018

Humanitarian assistance continues to prevent a massive human catastrophe in Yemen but it is not enough

UN agencies warn that an urgent scale up of humanitarian assistance is needed to save lives
7 December 2018

United States provides $14.3 million to World Food Programme to support refugees in Kenya

NAIROBI – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing US$14.3 million (1.4 billion Kenyan shillings) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to more than 400,000 refugees living in northern Kenya.