News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

7 March 2018

Government of Germany contributes €50 million towards strengthening resilience in southern Somalia

MOGADISHU – The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has committed €50 million for a joint United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF programme to tackle women and children’s nutrition in nine districts in Banadir and six districts in Gedo region in the south of Somalia.

7 March 2018

Funding urgently needed to support hungry refugees in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, are appealing for US$80 million to provide food assistance to refugees in Ethiopia.

7 March 2018

Information and communications technologies are essential to the empowerment and success of poor rural women

UN agencies in Rome to mark International Women’s Day.

Climate Change
6 March 2018

Green Climate Fund Approves WFP-led project for climate change adaptation in Tajikistan

Songdo, Republic of Korea – The Green Climate Fund (GCF) has approved a new climate change adaptation project for Tajikistan, which was developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the government. The initiative is designed to help mountain communities to cope with the impact of climate change on their incomes and food security. 

Responding to Emergencies
5 March 2018

WFP reaches Eastern Ghouta with desperately needed food amid crippling siege

DAMASCUS – For the first time in four months, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and humanitarian partners today reached Douma, in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta near the Syrian capital.  Eastern Ghouta has endured tremendous suffering, with over 400,000 people there experiencing severe shortages of food, fuel, medicines and drinking water. 

4 March 2018

Sweden strengthens partnership to accelerate economic empowerment for rural women

ROME – Recognizing the multiplying effects of investing in rural women, Sweden – through its development cooperation agency Sida – announced a US$5 million commitment to the Joint Programme on Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women (JP RWEE). 

2 March 2018

WFP statement on strengthening of policies prohibiting sexual harassment

In an email to staff, the World Food Programme’s Executive Director David Beasley today announced the adoption of new provisions to strengthen policies that prohibit harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. The entire email follows:

School Meals
1 March 2018

WFP calls for more investment in school meals by West African governments

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme today urged governments in West Africa to invest more money in school meal programmes so these can act as a catalyst for improved economic and social welfare communities across the region. The call was made on African Day of School Feeding which is being celebrated for the third year in a row. 

School Meals
1 March 2018

Third Africa Day of School Feeding Celebrated In Harare, Zimbabwe

HARARE –The third edition of the African Day of School Feeding was officially opened today by Honorable CDE K.C.D. Mohadi Vice-President of Zimbabwe and celebrated under the patronage of the Zimbabwean government. This year’s theme is ‘Realizing the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home-Grown School Feeding.’

Contributions to WFP
28 February 2018

From recipient to donor: Republic of Korea makes its largest ever contribution to WFP

ROME – Continuing its impressive progression from one-time recipient to major donor, the Government of the Republic of Korea today made a historic KRW 46 billion (US$42.5 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), its largest contribution to date. WFP will use the funds to purchase 50,000 metric tons of Korean rice and provide life-saving food assistance in Syria, Yemen, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.


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