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Hunger in the news
27 April 2012

United States Underlines Strong Support For Nutrition And School Meals Programme In Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – A delegation of representatives from the United States Embassy in Lao PDR, the Ministry of Education and Sports, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has completed a three-day visit to Saravane Province where they observed activities under WFP’s School Meals programme.

Hunger in the news
27 April 2012

WFP Launches Support For More Than 800,000 People Hit By Food Crisis In Senegal

DAKAR – An operation to provide food assistance to more than 800,000 people is being launched by the United Nations World Food Programme, with first distributions to be held on Saturday, 28 April, in the rural commune of Oukout in Ziguinchor region.

Hunger in the news
24 April 2012

WFP Scales Up Food Assistance To Reach 250,000 Syrians Affected By Unrest

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up food assistance to reach a quarter million people by the end of this month inside Syria with plans to double the caseload to reach 500,000 people in the coming weeks.

Hunger in the news
21 April 2012

USAID Announces New Contribution To WFP's Food Assistance Projects For Palestinians

QALANDIA, JERUSALEM – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a new contribution of US$22.6 million in food and cash to the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) food assistance projects to vulnerable Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The announcement came during a visit of the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, Mara Rudman, to the agency’s warehouses in Qalandia near Jerusalem.

Hunger in the news
20 April 2012

Message From WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin And Executive Director Of UN Women Michelle Bachelet To Mark Earth Day 22 April 2012

We, the Executive Directors of the United Nations World Food Programme and UN Women dedicate this Earth Day to the young girls who spend a full day in search of firewood, to the mothers who sell food rations to buy fuel for their family, and to the countless women who are forced to skip meals because wood is not available or unaffordable to cook their food.

Hunger in the news
19 April 2012

World Food Programme Welcomes Donation From Government Of Brazil

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$2.2 million donation of white rice and beans from the Government of Brazil.

Hunger in the news
19 April 2012

Japan's Assistance Helps Vulnerable Populations In Myanmar

Yokohama– The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$10.6 million contribution from the Government of Japan to assist hungry and vulnerable people in Myanmar.

Hunger in the news
19 April 2012

Brazil Assists Bangladesh's Poorest Prepare For Natural Disasters

DHAKA – The Government of Brazil has confirmed a contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) of 7,000 metric tons of rice, valued at US$3.3 million, for people living in the most disaster-prone areas of Bangladesh.

Hunger in the news
18 April 2012

'Spirit To Serve The Hungry' Campaign To Support World Food Programme's School Meals Activities in Asia

Kuala Lumpur, 18 April 2012 – Marriott & Renaissance Malaysia Business Council is renewing its commitment to make a difference in the lives of children in Asia by raising funds to support the school meals activities of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) through its Spirit to Serve the Hungry campaign.

Hunger in the news
18 April 2012

Cuban Sugar Sweetens Education For Children Throughout Laos

VIENTIANE – More than 150,000 pre-primary and primary school students will get a boost of energy every day to help them concentrate better on their studies, thanks to a contribution from Cuba of more than 180 metric tons of sugar to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which was made possible by the generosity of a private Japanese donor.

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