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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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18 September 2017

Crisis in School Meals Financing for West & Central Africa Puts Young Generation At Risk, WFP Warns

DAKAR – More than 1.5 million vulnerable children across West and Central Africa risk going to school hungry or dropping out altogether, due to lack of financing for nourishing school meals from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency announced at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. 

17 September 2017

WFP Halts Airdrops To Syria’s Deir Ezzor City As Land Corridor Opens

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reached formerly besieged parts of Deir Ezzor City in northeast Syria by land for the first time since May 2014. For the past year and a half, vital food and humanitarian supplies could only be delivered to trapped families in the besieged city via costly high-altitude airdrops.

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17 September 2017

WFP Launches Food Assistance Operation in Cuba in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

HAVANA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in coordination with the Government of Cuba, today launched a US$5.7 million emergency operation to provide food assistance for four months to more than 660,000 people affected by Hurricane Irma.

15 September 2017

World Hunger Again On The Rise, Driven By Conflict And Climate Change, New UN Report Says

815 million people now hungry – Millions of children at risk from malnutrition

14 September 2017

New Report Highlights Importance Of First 1000 Days To Improve Nutrition In Lao PDR

VIENTIANE – Today, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health, jointly with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), launched the country’s first Fill the Nutrient Gap report. The report confirmed that despite significant progress, Lao PDR has some of the highest rates of malnutrition in South East Asia, with more than one third of children under five (35.6 percent) suffering from stunting or chronic malnutrition.  

13 September 2017

WFP And Partners Embark On New Strategic Plan To Fight Hunger In Mozambique

MAPUTO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique.  The plan is designed to ensure that people have more reliable and nutritious food to eat, and to make them more resilient to the climate shocks to which Mozambique is increasingly prone.

12 September 2017

WFP Ramps Up Assistance To Islands Of The Caribbean Battered By Hurricane Irma

ROME – WFP has launched a range of operations in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. These assistance activities are being mounted in support of national governments, regional organizations, disaster agencies and humanitarian actors across the region.

12 September 2017

WFP Scales Up Food Distributions To People Fleeing Violence In Myanmar

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme is responding to the urgent food needs of tens of thousands of hungry people arriving in the Cox’s Bazar district of Bangladesh as they flee violence and unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

12 September 2017

World Bank Donates US$50 million to Fight Hunger and Malnutrition in South Sudan

JUBA, September 12, 2017 – Three United Nations agencies leading the response to a dire hunger and nutrition crisis in South Sudan today welcomed a US$50 million donation from the World Bank to address food insecurity and malnutrition in the country.
9 September 2017

Clemson, Auburn Tackle Hunger With World Food Programme

The two arch-rivals face off on the gridiron this weekend in one of the year’s most hotly anticipated college football games, but Clemson University and Auburn University are united off the field in their support for the World Food Programme's mission to defeat one of the world’s greatest problems – the scourge of hunger.

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