Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
KAMPALA –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing relief food to help vulnerable households in the Karamoja region cope with the hardship of the hunger season, the period between planting in March/April and September/October when harvesting begins.
BAGHDAD – In a technical workshop starting today, the Government of Iraq and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) will discuss the potential introduction of electronic food vouchers in the Iraqi Public Distribution System (PDS). They will be joined by financial payments experts from MasterCard, the leading global technology and payments company, which, under a global partnership, is partnering with WFP to strengthen its delivery of “digital food,” in the form of vouchers.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed urgent food aid to vulnerable families in Al-Qusayr where some of the heaviest fighting in Syria has taken place in recent weeks. Meanwhile the United Nations today announced projected financial costs for the humanitarian operation totalling US$4.4 billion; this figure represents the escalating needs just for the balance of 2013. The WFP share of this appeal, US$1 billion, will provide food assistance for the growing refugee population outside Syria as well as the increasing numbers of those inside the country without access to food.
GENEVA – The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, are launching a new partnership to improve nutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding women to ensure the next generation of children achieve the best possible start in life.
ROME – On a recent trip to Burkina Faso, I met many rural families struggling to recover from the effects of last year’s severe drought. Crops were destroyed, livestock were lost and hundreds of thousands were left hungry. Now these families are rebuilding their lives and learning to become more resilient to the next inevitable drought.
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NOUAKCHOTT- Tens of thousands of Malians living in Mauritania’s M’bera refugee camp will not be returning home in the near future and will rely on humanitarian assistance for many months to come, a new UN assessment mission concluded.
MBABANE, SWAZILAND – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is joining forces with Zumba Fitness—the world’s largest dance-fitness company – to hold a Zumba Fitness Party in the capital today. The event will celebrate “The Great Calorie Drive,” a campaign created by Zumba Fitness that supports WFP’s efforts to fight hunger in Swaziland and Nicaragua.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Amir Abdulla today wrapped up a two-day visit to Syria to oversee the agency’s plans to scale up operations to feed three million people in July and see first-hand the plight of families fleeing from the fighting.
DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today received a donation of dates valued at USD $340,000 from the Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugee operations in the northwest of Tanzania.