News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

29 August 2016

IFAD And WFP Team Up To Promote Food Security In Sudan

Joint WFP-IFAD Press Release

KHARTOUM - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote food security through improvement of agricultural production among smallholder farmers in Sudan. 

25 August 2016

Study Highlights Nutritional Gaps in Guatemala

Good nutrition during pregnancy and the first two years of life is crucial. This period, also known as the “Window of Opportunity”, is critical to prevent chronic malnutrition and its consequences. This study analyzes the dietary patterns of pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children under two years in order to recognize the nutrient “gaps”, take action to “close them” and support the government to reduce chronic malnutrition, which affects 46.5% of the children in Guatemala.

23 August 2016

Number Of People In Need Of Food Assistance Grows In North-Eastern Nigeria

DAKAR/ABUJA – The number of people in need of food assistance in north-eastern Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million, nearly twice as many as in March, according to a mid-August analysis (Cadre Harmonisé) by various agencies including the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

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19 August 2016

On World Humanitarian Day, WFP Chief Demands Urgent Action To End World Hunger

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

ROME - Today 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a day when the world commemorates those who risk their lives to bring humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in need.

17 August 2016

WFP Country Representative Presents Credentials To Government Of Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM - Michael Dunford, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) newly arrived Country Representative for Tanzania, has officially presented his credentials to the Government of Tanzania at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Receiving the credentials was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honourable Dr. Augustine Mahiga.

17 August 2016

Government Of Uganda, UNHCR And WFP Forced To Revise Food Rations For Refugees Amid Funding Crisis

KAMPALA - The Government of Uganda - Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Programme (WFP) have appealed to donors to urgently speed contributions to the humanitarian response to refugees in Uganda to end a funding shortage that has forced a revision of survival rations.

Contributions to WFP
12 August 2016

Japan Supports WFP Response To El Nino-Induced Drought Causing Hunger In Malawi

LILONGWE – The Government of Japan has provided US$1.85 million to support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) operation in Malawi where 6.5 million people  need urgent food assistance until March next year.

Contributions to WFP
12 August 2016

Japan Contributes US$5 Million To Help WFP Emergency Operations In Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The Government of Japan has announced a donation of US$5 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in southern Africa, where hundreds of thousands of people are currently facing food shortages due to drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

Contributions to WFP
11 August 2016

Germany Provides More Critical Support For Refugee Food Assistance In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today received confirmation of a contribution of €4 million (more than US$4.3 million) from the Federal Republic of Germany towards the food needs of refugees sheltered in Ethiopia. 

10 August 2016

“Hidden Hunger”, A Serious Public Health Issue In Latin America And The Caribbean

SANTO DOMINGO – Startling figures were released today about the impact of micronutrient deficiencies, or “hidden hunger” during the opening of the First Regional Workshop on Rice Fortification in Latin America and the Caribbean,” which aims to highlight rice fortification as a cost-effective strategy that can help countries achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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