News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Cash and Vouchers
5 April 2016

Cash Relief Gives Hope To Thousands But Needs Are Huge In Drought-Hit Lesotho

MASERU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is giving cash assistance to 21,000 vulnerable people in Lesotho’s two districts worst-affected by the El Niño-related drought. This is WFP’s first ever emergency cash relief operation in the Mountain Kingdom.

5 April 2016

Food Gap Widens In Conflict-Stricken South Sudan – UN Assessment

2016 cereal deficit about 53 percent higher than in 2015; food prices soaring as markets collapse. JUBA – Civil strife and unfavourable rains have further reduced crop production in South Sudan, contributing to a cereal deficit of 381,000 metric tons - 53 percent greater than in 2015 - and aggravating the already severe food shortages, two UN agencies warned today.

School Meals
4 April 2016

WFP Launches School Meals Programme To Support Both Lebanese And Syrian Children

BEIRUT – In March, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) launched a school meals programme, which supports both Lebanese and Syrian children attending public primary schools across Lebanon.

4 April 2016

U.S. Wheat Shipment Arrives In Yemen Port To Help WFP Provide Critical Food Assistance

SANA’A – A shipment of wheat from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – sufficient for nearly 2 million people for two months – berthed in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah last Wednesday and offloaded its cargo over the weekend.

4 April 2016

Conflict In Eastern Ukraine Leaves 1.5 Million People Hungry

KIEV– The two-year long conflict in eastern Ukraine has left around 1.5 million people hungry, including almost 300,000 people who are severely food insecure and in need of immediate food assistance. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aims to reach nearly 270,000 of the most vulnerable people with monthly food assistance over the first half of this year.

31 March 2016

Denmark & WFP Confirm Strong Partnership In Responding To Humanitarian Crises And Reaching Zero Hunger

ROME – A high-level delegation from Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Martin Bille Hermann, State Secretary for Development Policy, today visited the headquarters of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to discuss responses to global humanitarian crises and the commitment to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030.

29 March 2016

Bangladesh Prepares For Super Cyclone In Disaster Simulation

DHAKA – A super cyclone as fierce as Cyclone Sidr, which devastated the southern coast of Bangladesh in 2007, is the model for a major disaster-simulation exercise this week involving national authorities and aid agencies.

27 March 2016

Japan Donates US$10 Million To Support WFP Food Assistance In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$10 million from the Government of Japan for emergency food assistance to support 200,000 displaced and vulnerable people in Yemen for three months.

27 March 2016

Japan Contribution Helps WFP Support Displaced Iraqis And Syrian Refugees In Iraq

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$6 million from the Government of Japan towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees inside Iraq.

24 March 2016

Japanese Contribution Helps WFP Provide Food Assistance To Vulnerable Palestinians

RAMALLAH – The World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a new contribution of US$1.3 million (JPY 148,000 million) from the Government of Japan that will enable WFP to provide food assistance to 146,000 food insecure people in Gaza and the West Bank.


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