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2 April 2011

WFP Executive Director Says Drought, Rising Prices And Conflict Drive Over 5 Million Into Hunger In Horn

The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll.  More and more people need help in the Horn and we’re now on high alert over the impact of the March to May long rains.

Responding to Emergencies
1 April 2011

WFP Extends Support To Disaster Response Efforts In Japan

TOKYO – As Japan grapples with the devastation caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is on the ground setting up logistics hubs to support relief efforts led by the Japanese Government, local institutions, and aid and welfare organisations.

Hunger in the news
1 April 2011

WFP Food Distributions Inside Libya Gather Momentum

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to hungry people inside Libya at six different locations in the Beidan area, between Ajdabiya and Benghazi in the east of the country. Alongside its food assistance operation, WFP is providing logistics and telecommunications support to the humanitarian community working in Libya and neighbouring countries

Logistics
31 March 2011

WFP/Government Of Malaysia Lay Foundation Stone For Asia’s Humanitarian Response Base

SUBANG – The Government of Malaysia and the World Food Programme today celebrated the start of construction on a state-of-the-art United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) facility in Subang.

Contributions to WFP
31 March 2011

LG Electronics And WFP: How Technology Can Help End Hunger

SEOUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and LG Electronics today announced a bold new initiative which will bring the fight against hunger into homes around the world thanks to the very latest in digital technology.
 

29 March 2011

Visit to Kenya by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran

Rome – Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will make a five-day visit to Kenya to attend high-level UN meetings and visit three camps at Dadaab in northeastern Kenya with 320,000 mostly Somali refugees.

Contributions to WFP
25 March 2011

India Donates US$1 Million To Help Hungry In Democratic People's Republic Of Korea

NEW DELHI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of US$1 million from the Government of India for its operation to reach the most vulnerable children and their mothers in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

School Meals
23 March 2011

Healthy Food At School - The Lao Way

VIENTIANE – For the first time in Lao PDR, close to 1,000 primary school children will receive a healthy and balanced school lunch prepared from foods bought at their local market.  Their village schools are the first to participate in a new Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) project implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of Lao PDR. The pilot is generously supported by the Australian Government, who made funding available to conduct a baseline survey, support programme design and produce training materials.

Logistics
22 March 2011

WFP Steps Up Food Assistance On Libyan Borders, Moves In Supplies

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has stepped up provision of food to hungry people crossing Libya’s borders, while airlifting and pre-positioning portable warehouses and office equipment as part of regional contingency plans.

Responding to Emergencies
22 March 2011

WFP Logistic Expertise Supports Relief to Japan Quake Victims

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a logistics operation to support the Government of Japan’s delivery of relief items to victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

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