News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
9 August 2016

Japan Supports WFP Food & Nutrition Assistance To Sudanese Refugees In Chad

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$ 1.9 million (1.156 billion CFA) from the Government of Japan to food and nutrition assistance programmes in Chad for more than 110,000 Sudanese refugees.

Contributions to WFP
8 August 2016

Japan Helps WFP Resume School Meals In North And Central River Regions Of The Gambia

BANJUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed US$1.2 million from the Government of Japan to provide school meals in North Bank and Central River regions over the next two years.

Contributions to WFP
8 August 2016

German Government contributes Euro 1 million to WFP towards Resilience and Food Security in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - The Government of Germany has confirmed a contribution of Euro 1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for resilience and food security in Pakistan. 

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2016

Cranes Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians Stranded At Jordanian Border Areas

AMMAN – Syrians stranded at the border with Jordan received this week much-needed food and other supplies in a unique operation that saw the aid hoisted by crane across the closed frontier.

Responding to Emergencies
4 August 2016

UN Agencies Deliver Urgent Relief To People Stranded At Syria-Jordan Border

AMMAN – World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director-General William Lacy Swing today announced the successful completion of a relief operation to provide more than 75,000 people with food and humanitarian relief items. 

Contributions to WFP
4 August 2016

With EU Support, WFP Doubles Number Of Refugee Camps Supported With Cash In Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Today, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching cash transfers in support of Sudanese refugees living in Tongo and Sherkole camps in western Ethiopia.

School Meals
3 August 2016

WFP’s Share The Meal App Fundraises For School Children Affected By El Niño Drought In Malawi

ROME/LILONGWE – Starting today, the World Food Programme’s ShareTheMeal app will fundraise to support emergency food relief in Malawi, following one of the strongest El Niño weather events on record. The goal is to provide school meals for an entire year to 58,000 school children in Zomba, a district in southern Malawi severely affected by drought and experiencing high levels of food insecurity. 

2 August 2016

New Study Shows Undernutrition Taking A Huge Toll On Ghana’s Economy

ACCRA – The economy of Ghana is losing some GHC4.6 billion (US$2.6 billion, or 6.4 percent of GDP) a year to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study launched today in the capital. 

1 August 2016

UN In Laos Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2016

– August marks the start of World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage exclusive breastfeeding and improve babies’ health as a key practice to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) by 2030. 

Cash and Vouchers
1 August 2016

Life-Saving Cash For Thousands Of Cyclone Victims

DHAKA – Some 20,000 flood-affected people in southern Bangladesh are to receive financial assistance to replenish food and other necessities lost when the area was hit by Cyclone Roanu in May.


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