News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

24 May 2018

World Food Programme applauds UN Security Council for tackling link between conflict and hunger

NEW YORK – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) today hailed the UN Security Council for its leadership in adopting a resolution that for the first time paves the way to address conflict-induced hunger around the world.

Hunger in the news
23 May 2018

Expected Thursday: Significant UN Security Council Vote on Link Between Hunger and Conflict

NEW YORK - The United Nations Security Council, the UN body responsible for maintaining international peace and security, is expected to adopt a resolution Thursday that for the first time establishes hunger as an essential obstacle to global security.

21 May 2018

Farmers in Karnali region to benefit from climate change adaptation project

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Ministry of Forests and Environment today signed an agreement that will help vulnerable communities in the Karnali region of Nepal to protect their crops and livelihoods from climate variability and extremes. 

21 May 2018

WFP welcomes Kuwait Red Crescent Society contribution for operations in Bangladesh

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$1 million contribution from the Kuwait Red Crescent Society that will be used to provide food assistance to Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh. 


17 May 2018

Opening of Kuwait Office strengthens partnership between WFP and Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this week established its first office in the State of Kuwait. Based at the United Nations House in Kuwait City, the office will focus on further strengthening its ongoing collaboration with the Kuwaiti government, the private sector and other partners in the country. 

17 May 2018

Executive Director in hunger-threatened West African Sahel

DAKAR – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, is today travelling to West Africa, where more than five million people in six countries of the Sahel region – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal - could go hungry this year. 

Responding to Emergencies
17 May 2018

From commitment to action: satellite industry donates life-saving connectivity for future emergencies

LUXEMBOURG – The humanitarian community’s ability to connect, communicate and save lives in emergencies has received a strong signal from satellite operators, who officially signed donation agreements as part of their commitment to the Crisis Connectivity Charter.

16 May 2018

WFP’S ShareTheMeal App and Goodwill Ambassador Hend Sabry Launch "Share Your Iftar” Campaign

CAIRO – The World Food Programme and Tunisian actress Hend Sabry today launched an innovative digital fundraising campaign for Ramadan, encouraging smartphone users around the world to donate at the tap of a button in support of vulnerable victims of conflict in the Middle East during the Muslim Holy Month.

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.