News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 July 2018

Mali joins call for increased efforts to end the plight of child malnutrition

BAMAKO – The economy of Mali is losing 265 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) – more than 4 percent of annual GDP – to the effects of child undernutrition, a multi-agency study has found. The Cost of Hunger in Mali (COHA), blames the losses on increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and, further down the line, reduced workforce productivity. 

Responding to Emergencies
26 June 2018

WFP responds to the emergency in southern Syria with cross-border food deliveries for displaced families

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is delivering urgently-needed food across the Syria-Jordan border to assist thousands of Syrians displaced from their homes since the launch of a Syrian government offensive to regain opposition-held areas in the south of the country.

21 June 2018

Pacific regional food security atlas launched to reach the most vulnerable

NADI, FIJI – Representatives from across the North and South Pacific gathered on Monday to witness the launch of the first-ever Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas on the opening day of the Pacific Seed Forum in Nadi, Fiji.

18 June 2018

Spain takes over from Italy Chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD

ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government. Also promoted by the Government of Panama, the event was the opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of UNHRD, which was first established in Brindisi, Italy in June 2000. 

14 June 2018

Statement from WFP Executive Director David Beasley on Hodeida

ROME – As the fighting around Hodeida intensifies my main concern is as ever for the children, women and men of Yemen. Innocent people are suffering amidst some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, and we are with them in calling for an end to the long-running conflict. 

7 June 2018

WFP launches food assistance for Ebola-affected people in Democratic Republic of Congo

MBANDAKA - Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements.

6 June 2018

Iraq Humanitarian Fund Keeps WFP Logistics Services Moving

BAGHDAD – The Logistics Cluster, led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has welcomed a generous contribution of US$860,000 from the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF). The Cluster facilitates the movement of humanitarian supplies including food, medicines and even ambulances on behalf of the entire humanitarian community in Iraq.

6 June 2018

UN Food Agencies commit to deeper collaboration to achieve Zero Hunger

FAO, IFAD and WFP sign new Memorandum of Understanding in Rome.

4 June 2018

Steven Omamo to head World Food Programme Office in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Steven Were Omamo is the World Food Programme’s (WFP) new Country Director in Ethiopia, the agency announced on Monday.

4 June 2018

WFP and Egyptian government join efforts to enhance food safety in Egypt

CAIRO – The World Food Programme (WFP) and Egypt’s National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) today signed a five-year agreement to raise public awareness on food safety and hygiene as well as building the government’s capacity to ensure access to safe nutritious food.