News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

14 May 2018

New refugees from the Central African Republic need protection and food assistance in Chad

N’DJAMENA – More than 30,000 people forced to flee an upsurge in violence in the Central Africa Republic to seek refuge in Chad, face hunger and destitution without urgent humanitarian assistance, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

14 May 2018

Early action plus investment would avert food crises, saving billions in global food assistance spending

ROME – Chronic hunger is increasing around the world and food crises are spreading and intensifying. A new report by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), World Food Assistance: Preventing Food Crises, examines these crises, asking what causes them to break out, what determines their scale and how they might be prevented.

11 May 2018

Executive Director concludes visit to WFP operations in DPR Korea

ROME –  The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has concluded an official visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 8-11 May. 

10 May 2018

Switzerland supports WFP in helping vulnerable Gazan families cope with increased hardships

JERUSALEM – The Government of Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has provided the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with a generous contribution of CHF1.5 million (approximately US$1.5 million) to provide much-needed food assistance to Palestinians facing hardship.


10 May 2018

KSRelief supports WFP to provide vital food assistance in Yemen and Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$18.6 million contribution from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) which will be used to provide urgent food assistance in Yemen and to support Rohingya refugees and host communities in the Cox’s Bazar area in Bangladesh. 



9 May 2018

African smallholder farmers get insurance payouts of US$ 1.5 million after low rainfall

ROME – Poor rainfall in parts of Africa has triggered the largest insurance pay-out to date for vulnerable farmers under an innovative climate risk management scheme known as the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4). Farmers participating in R4 – launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America in 2011 - will receive insurance payments totalling US$ 1.5 million to compensate for weather-related crop losses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia.  

9 May 2018

WFP transition from in-kind food to cash assistance to refugees from Bhutan

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will shift its support from in-kind food assistance to distributions of cash to refugees from Bhutan located in Nepal starting mid-2018; this is in line with refugees’ preference and will ensure the dignity of choice for assisted people, who will be able to purchase the food they like.

9 May 2018

WFP suspends distribution of food assistance in Cúcuta, Colombia

BOGOTA –  The UN World Food Programme (WFP) informs the public that the food assistance it has been carrying out in Cúcuta, Colombia, is being postponed indefinitely. WFP will continue to coordinate with the Colombian authorities with a view to restarting the implementation of the assistance directed at migrants and vulnerable people.

8 May 2018

First new land ready to help Rohingya refugees move to safer ground before monsoon

Humanitarian agencies working on the Rohingya refugee response today marked the completion of the first new area of land being prepared to relocate families most at risk of landslides when the monsoon hits.

8 May 2018

Canada extends support to vulnerable Palestinians through WFP

RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$1.6 million (CAD$2 million) contribution from the Government of Canada to support vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.