News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

11 April 2016

UNICEF And WFP Respond To Needs Of Drought-Affected People In Somaliland And Puntland

NAIROBI – In northern Somalia, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) are stepping up efforts to help communities cope with a severe drought exacerbated by El Niño conditions in Somaliland and Puntland.

6 March 2014

New Initiative Enables Somali Farmers To Become WFP Suppliers

EU, Austria and UN Food Agencies Are Backing Landmark Initiative

14 October 2013

WFP Condemns Ration Card Scam In Mogadishu

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has condemned a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people in Mogadishu, and urges residents of the Somali capital to beware of the illegal scheme.

23 December 2011

WFP Condemns Killing Of Two Staff Members And Partner In Central Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today confirmed the deaths of two staff members and a colleague working for a cooperating partner organisation in Somalia, in an incident that illustrates the risks that humanitarian workers can face while working in one of the world’s most difficult and dangerous environments.

WFP Ambassadors
15 December 2011

Singer Sami Yusuf And WFP Join In Support For Drought-Stricken Horn Of Africa

Renowned recording artist Sami Yusuf is to donate the proceeds of a new single to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in support of humanitarian operations in the drought-hit Horn of Africa.

Contributions to WFP
12 October 2011

Chinese Donation Supports WFP Food Distribution To Hungry Somalis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began the distribution of food assistance to hungry families in Somalia. The food was purchased using a US$16 million donation from China – the country’s largest single donation to WFP humanitarian operations.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme On Humanitarian Operations Providing Food Assistance In Somalia

The delivery of food assistance to millions of hungry people in Somalia presents one of the most complex and dangerous challenges that humanitarian agencies face anywhere in the world.  All the humanitarian agencies working in this environment face risks.  There are risks to the safety of their staff, risks to their property, and risks to commodities being moved into the country– whether they are food, medicines, equipment or shelter material.

Contributions to WFP
23 August 2011

Saudi Arabia Donates US$50 Million To Help Save The Lives Of Somali Children

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a generous contribution of US$50 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abduallah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that will be used to feed more than half a million Somalia children suffering from malnutrition.

Contributions to WFP
22 August 2011

China Makes Its Largest Donation To WFP For Somalia Famine Relief

Beijing – The government of China has made its largest single donation to the work of the United Nations World Food Programme with US$16 million towards the agency’s famine relief operation in Somalia.

Hunger in the news
21 July 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Visit To Mogadishu Somalia

There is a life and death situation here in Somalia.  WFP will start airlifts within days into Mogadishu to get vital supplies of special nutritious foods for the malnourished children who so desperately need it.


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