News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

12 October 2016

New Study Shows Undernutrition Taking A Huge Toll On Chad’s Economy

N’DJAMENA – The economy of Chad is losing some 575.8 billion CFA francs (US$1.2 billion) a year – or 9.5 percent of Gross Domestic Product – to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital.

12 October 2016

WFP Receives Funding From Japan To Boost Nutrition Among Children In Karamoja

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2.5 million from the Government of Japan, intended for boosting the nutrition of 50,000 infants, mothers and pregnant women in Karamoja to prevent child stunting.
11 October 2016

WFP To Provide Food Assistance In Cuba In The Wake Of Hurricane Matthew

HAVANA – The  United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in coordination with the Government is gearing up to deliver food for 180,000 people in the areas of Cuba’s eastern-most province hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew.

10 October 2016

WFP And UK Support Disaster Preparedness In Kyrgyzstan Through A Smart Application

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) today launched an online and mobile application to facilitate real-time management of disaster preparedness and response operations.

7 October 2016

German Federal Minister Meets Syrian Refugees Buying Food At WFP Shop In Lebanon

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday welcomed Dr. Gerd Müller, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, to Lebanon, where vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian refugee families receive monthly WFP food assistance which is largely funded by Germany this year.
6 October 2016

WFP Introduces Iris Scan Technology To Provide Food Assistance To Syrian Refugees In Zaatari

AMMAN – The World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has introduced an innovative iris scan payment system in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp, allowing 76,000 Syrian refugees to purchase food from camp supermarkets using a scan of their eye instead of cash, vouchers or e-cards.

6 October 2016

KOICA & WFP Partnership Builds Shock Resistance In Sri Lanka

COLOMBO –The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday signed a three-year agreement to roll out a set of activities which will improve food security, nutrition and resilience to climate-related and economic shocks in nine disaster-prone districts of Sri Lanka.

5 October 2016

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Continued Support For Food Insecure Palestinians In Gaza

RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan has announced a JPY 260 million (US$2.6 million approximately) donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinian families living in Gaza.

5 October 2016

World Food Programme Scales Up Emergency Operations In Southern Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – As a third consecutive year of drought deepens the suffering of hundreds of thousands of people in the south of Madagascar, the World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its humanitarian operations in response to rising levels of hunger and malnutrition.

5 October 2016

Republic Of Korea Becomes Top Donor To WFP In The Islamic Republic Of Iran

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an unprecedented contribution of US$4 million from the Government of the Republic of Korea to support WFP food assistance to refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq in the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as helping to promote education for refugee girls.


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