News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 April 2018

World Food Programme in Colombia needs US$46 million to urgently help 350,000 migrants from Venezuela

PANAMA CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for funding to support the roll-out of a US$46 million plan to deliver emergency food assistance to 350,000 impoverished migrants, who have crossed the border from Venezuela into Colombia. 

23 April 2018

Executive Director of UN World Food Programme attends conference in support of Syria and the Region

BRUSSELS – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, will be among global leaders at Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region on 24 and 25 April in Brussels. Hosted by the United Nations and the European Union, the conference seeks to raise funds for people affected by the war in Syria and to bolster the peace process. 

20 April 2018

Government of Japan contributes US$ 1 million to UNICEF and WFP for a comprehensive set of life-saving health, nutrition, food security and WASH interventions

HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$ 1 million to enhance the resilience of communities in Zimbabwe through a comprehensive set of life-saving health, nutrition, food security and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) interventions. 

19 April 2018

Germany supports smallholder farmers to restore their livelihoods and strengthen stabilization in post-conflict areas of eastern DR Congo

Bukavu – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are launching an innovative joint project to rebuild livelihoods shattered by conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), by empowering women, supporting farmers and helping build peace between communities – all thanks to a €35 million contribution from the German people.

19 April 2018

Spanish Foreign Minister Sees How WFP Logistics Hub in Las Palmas Helps Swifter Emergency Response

LAS PALMAS –The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, visited the logistics base of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria this morning. The logistics base, located in the port of Las Palmas, is a key hub for responding to humanitarian needs in West Africa. 

19 April 2018

Belgium throws support behind WFP's life-changing innovations

ROME – In a sign of growing confidence in technology’s potential to transform humanitarian assistance, Belgium is contributing €2 million worth of funding to promote innovative projects by the World Food Programme (WFP). The money will allow the UN agency to scale up research and trials into the use of drone and blockchain solutions to fight hunger around the world.

12 April 2018

WFP gathers responders to hatch local solutions to emergency logistics in North Pacific

MAJURO – More than forty emergency response experts come together today in Majuro, to identify locally-led solutions to overcome logistics challenges that can hinder disaster response in the North Pacific region. Efficient logistics can make or break a humanitarian response, and the event aims to ensure that when the next emergency strikes, affected islanders can respond quickly and effectively. 

12 April 2018

Setsan and WFP present a study to help reduce malnutrition in Mozambique

MAPUTO – Mozambique loses more than 10.9% of its annual GDP due to chronic malnutrition, equivalent to a yearly loss of 62 billion MZN (1.6 billion USD), according to a recent study “The Cost of Hunger in Africa” (2017). To help overcome this reality, the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today presented the findings of an analysis that also provides recommendations to help curb malnutrition in Mozambique. 

11 April 2018

Recipe for Disaster: The United Nations World Food Programme launches a global challenge to reduce food waste

LONDON -  Open your fridge, grab the ingredients closest to their use-by date and create a recipe from food that would otherwise go to waste. This is the challenge set by The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and creative agency Anomaly. 

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4 April 2018

Flexible donors power WFP with US$180 million to address crises, build resilience

ROME – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, a group of government partners are stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexible funding to meet acute humanitarian needs in sudden onset emergencies and neglected or protracted crises.  


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