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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Hunger in the news
6 October 2011

South Sudan: Two New Roads In Lake State Show Way To Food Security

Construction of two new roads linking local farmers to markets has been inaugurated this week in Lakes State as part of a three-year partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the South Sudan Ministry of Transport to build a total of 500 km of feeder roads to help boost agriculture development in the newly independent country.

Hunger in the news
4 October 2011

WFP Launches Phone-Based Pilot Project To Reach Crisis-Hit Food-Insecure Ivorians

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a pilot programme that uses mobile phone technology to facilitate cash transfers to 54,000 people living in poor districts of Abidjan to assist them to buy food.

Hunger in the news
30 September 2011

WFP Operational Update Pakistan Floods Emergency

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is redoubling its efforts to provide life-saving food assistance to 500,000 people affected by floods in five districts of Sindh by the end of September. Damage to roads, bridges and infrastructure in affected areas continues to challenge the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

Hunger in the news
28 September 2011

Freerice In Français Or Italiano: Have Fun, Improve Your Vocabulary And Feed A Hungry Child!

Do you know the meaning of the French words: “argent-vif”, “banban” and “argousin”?  And even if you guessed that “pastasciutta” and “stracotta” have something to do with Italian cooking – would you know exactly what they mean?

Hunger in the news
22 September 2011

Urgent Call For United Action On Hunger

With over 12 million still affected by the Horn of Africa drought, four of the world’s leading food security, development and humanitarian aid organizations are jointly calling for urgent action on hunger and malnutrition.

Responding to Emergencies
22 September 2011

WFP Provides Assistance To Sheltered Families In Santa Rosa

The United Nations World Food Programme in Guatemala responded immediately to the needs of the population affected by the recent earthquakes in the Santa Rosa region.

Hunger in the news
21 September 2011

PepsiCo, World Food Programme And USAID Partner To Increase Food Production And Address Malnutrition In Ethiopia

PepsiCo, Inc., the PepsiCo Foundation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a groundbreaking public-private partnership to dramatically increase chickpea production and promote long-term nutritional and economic security in Ethiopia. The initiative, called Enterprise EthioPEA, is being unveiled today by the partners at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City.

Contributions to WFP
21 September 2011

Arrival of EU Food Boosts WFP Food Distributions In DPRK

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun the distribution of food funded by an 8.5 million euros donation from ECHO – the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Office – for its emergency operation to reach mainly young children and women threatened by rising malnutrition in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Contributions to WFP
20 September 2011

With US Support, WFP Assists Flood Victims In Khammuane

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR H.E. Ms Karen B. Stewart and Representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in Lao PDR Ms Eri Kudo visited flood-stricken Khammuane Province to meet with provincial officials and observe the distribution of U.S. - funded food assistance to families affected by recent severe flooding.

Responding to Emergencies
20 September 2011

Food Security Remains Top Priority In UN Flash Appeal For Pakistan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is rapidly scaling up its life-saving food distributions in the flood-hit areas of southern Pakistan to reach 500,000 people this month with general food rations and highly fortified, locally-produced foods designed to tackle undernutrition in young children.

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