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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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17 September 2017

WFP Halts Airdrops To Syria’s Deir Ezzor City As Land Corridor Opens

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached formerly besieged parts of Deir Ezzor City in northeast Syria by land for the first time since May 2014. For the past year and a half, vital food and humanitarian supplies could only be delivered to trapped families in the besieged city via costly high-altitude airdrops.

RBA
18 July 2017

Good Rains Bring Some Hope For War-Torn Syrians

ROME / DAMASCUS – Food security in parts of Syria is slightly better than the same time last year due to an improved security situation and enhanced access to humanitarian assistance, but the overall situation remains far worse than before the war, two UN agencies warned today.

Responding to Emergencies
12 July 2017

WFP Scales Up Food Delivery In Syria To Raqqa Governorate Through New Land Access

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached two new locations in Raqqa governorate with food assistance, using a newly opened land route that has allowed access for the first time in three years to Mansoura and other rural areas north of Raqqa city.

6 July 2017

Mastercard And The World Food Programme Announce 100 Million Meals Commitment

HAMBURG – At the Global Citizen Festival Hamburg, Mastercard and the World Food Programme (WFP) will announce a new commitment in their continued vision to reverse the cycle of hunger and poverty. Connecting Mastercard’s expertise in technology and digital innovation with WFP’s work providing vital food assistance and resilience-building programmes to vulnerable communities. 100 Million Meals is a truly global initiative designed to raise significant funds and “meals” for those in need around the world.

22 June 2017

Breakthrough As WFP Food Convoy Reaches Besieged Syrian Town

DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.

14 June 2017

WFP Delivers Food To Displaced Families In Syria’s Raqqa And Deir Ezzor

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.

30 May 2017

Blockchain Against Hunger: Harnessing Technology In Support Of Syrian Refugees

MUNICH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying cutting-edge blockchain technology to make cash-based transfers faster, cheaper and more secure.

24 May 2017

Help Prevent Famine With WFP’s ShareTheMeal App During Ramadan

ROME – To mark the Holy Month of Ramadan this year, ShareTheMeal, the official app of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), is launching two simultaneous fundraising campaigns -- one to help prevent famine in Yemen and another supporting Syrian refugee children and needy Lebanese children in Lebanon.

Cash and Vouchers
17 May 2017

EU-Funded Cash Assistance Programme Reaches Half A Million Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The number of refugees in Turkey receiving monthly cash assistance through an innovative relief programme has now reached 500,000 and continues to rise. The EU-funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes.

3 May 2017

WFP Executive Director Visits Lebanon And Syria, Urges Continued Donor Support

BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Lebanon and Syria where he assessed the growing humanitarian needs of vulnerable Syrians and met senior government officials and partners to discuss humanitarian operations in both countries.

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