News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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6 March 2017

WFP Launches First Mobile Cash Transfers For Humanitarian Assistance In Myanmar

YANGON –  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched the first pilot programme using mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance in Myanmar. Between 27 February and 1 March, 112 conflict-affected internally displaced families in three camps in Myitkyina Township of Kachin State received a monthly electronic credit allocation of  MMK 9,000 (US$ 7 ) per person for vulnerable households and MMK 13,000 (US$ 10) per person for the most vulnerable households on their phone to be used at local shops. The recipients had previously received this amount in banknotes.

6 March 2017

Dubai’s Awqaf And Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) Supports WFP’s Humanitarian Operations To Help Refugees In Jordan’s Azraq Camp

DUBAI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently distributed 68,000 ready-to-eat meals to Syrian refugees living in Jordan’s Azraq camp, thanks to a donation from WFP’s partner the Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) of Dubai Government through its halal food relief programme, Salma.

6 March 2017

Japan Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance For Families Affected By Syria Crisis

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of more than US$15 million from the Government of Japan that will support almost six million people affected by the ongoing crisis inside Syria and neighbouring countries.

5 March 2017

European Union Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance To Conflict-Affected Families In Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provided life-saving emergency food assistance in 2016 to vulnerable families affected by the conflict in Syria thanks in part to contributions from the European Union (EU).

3 March 2017

Simulation Exercise Builds Emergency Response Capacity For DSWD, OCD And WFP

CLARK, PAMPANGA – The Philippine Government’s Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), together with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has conducted a simulation exercise from 27 February to 3 March 2017 to practice emergency logistics response during disasters.

2 March 2017

WFP Welcomes Japan Contribution For Emergency Food Assistance In Libya

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$700,000 from the Government of Japan that will provide vital food assistance to tens of thousands of Libyans affected by ongoing conflict since 2011.

1 March 2017

Second Africa Day Of School Feeding Celebrated In Brazzaville, Republic Of Congo

Congo Brazzaville: The second edition of the African Day of School Meals was officially launched and celebrated on Wednesday 1 March 2017, under the patronage of the Congolese government, to the theme: “Home Grown School Feeding: Investment in Youth and Children for Harnessing the Demographic Dividend”.
1 March 2017

EU Support In Niger Through 2016 Saved Lives Threatened By Hunger & The Lake Chad Crisis

NIAMEY –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger has expressed its gratitude to the people of Europe for contributions of more than €11.5 million in 2016, made by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Unit (ECHO). These funds enabled WFP to provide food assistance to the most vulnerable families in the country.

28 February 2017

Malnutrition Costs Pakistan US$7.6 Billion Annually, New Study Reveals

ISLAMABAD – The consequences of malnutrition – including lost labourers, healthcare expenses and lower productivity – cost Pakistan US$7.6 billion, or 3 percent of GDP, every year, according to a new report launched by the Pakistan Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Secretariat at the Ministry of Planning Development & Reform, in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

27 February 2017

Government Of Belgium Supports UNHAS In Nigeria And Other Emergencies In 2016/2017

BRUSSELS - Contributing a total of €6 million, the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGDC) has helped the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) provide crucial air transport services for the humanitarian community across Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Yemen in 2016 and will continue to support services through 2017.


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