Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
THE HAGUE –The close collaboration between the Netherlands and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was reaffirmed today during meetings between WFP’s Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and Dutch partners across all areas: government, civil society and the private sector.
London, Thursday September 13, 2012 - MasterCard (NYSE:MA) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a global partnership that will use digital innovation to help people around the world to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. The game-changing partnership will combine MasterCard’s expertise in electronic payments systems with WFP’s global reach among the world’s hungriest populations to meet the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable.
BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Ministry of Education and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will provide this year a daily nutritious snack to more than half a million primary school children in central and southern Iraq.
ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin is scheduled to arrive in the Netherlands later today, ahead of official meetings on 13 September.
Sorsogon City, Philippines – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new phase of programmes in Sorsogon province aimed at helping communities better prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
VIENTIANE – More than 39,000 people in Khammuane struggling from the long-term impact of tropical storms are now able to bridge the food gap until the next harvest, thanks to a donation of €404,000 (US$502,488) by the European Union's Humanitarian Aid AND Civil Protection department (ECHO) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of a government-led relief effort.
OSLO – Today, an important Strategic Partnership Agreement was signed by Heikki Holmås, Norway’s Minister for International Development, and Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).
MANILA – Emergency food assistance donated by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has boosted the Philippine Government-led emergency relief efforts in flood-affected areas of Central Luzon and conflict-affected areas of Central Mindanao.
Dhaka – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a vital shipment of wheat from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will be used to produce nutritious biscuits to provide 350,000 pre-primary and primary school children with a daily snack for the coming year.
By José Graziano da Silva, Kanayo F. Nwanze and Ertharin Cousin*