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Hunger in the news
11 September 2011

WFP Food Arrives In Flood-Affected Areas Of Sindh

ISLAMABAD - The first convoy of trucks carrying food from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Badin district on Sunday for distribution to thousands of households hit by flooding across Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.

Hunger in the news
9 September 2011

WFP Extends Nutrition Support, Boosts Food Distributions, Expands Cash Transfers In Horn Of Africa

NAIROBI -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is bolstering its nutritional support for malnourished children and mothers in the Horn of Africa.  WFP is also expanding its use of cash transfers to help drought-hit families get the food they need.  Since the beginning of July, WFP has assisted some 7.4 million drought-affected people throughout the Horn of Africa and is ramping up to reach more than 9.6 million people over the coming weeks. In Somalia over the next three months, WFP is focusing its efforts on providing badly needed food assistance to 1.9 million people in areas to which WFP has access.

Hunger in the news
8 September 2011

Jessica Watson Supports WFP School Meals In Laos

VIENTIANE -- Record-breaking sailor and Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson today announced her support for the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) School Meals Programme in Laos, in her role as a Youth Representative for WFP.

Hunger in the news
6 September 2011

WFP Executive Director Visits The Netherlands

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will visit the Netherlands on 7 September for meetings with government ministers, parliamentarians and private sector partners to discuss further collaboration in the fight against global hunger.

Journalists
6 September 2011

Towards A Safer World Hosts Working Conference To Define Actions Needed To Strengthen Global Preparedness For Major Disasters

WHAT: To raise awareness and foster a dialogue around the key elements that can advance all disaster preparedness activities through the coordinated, multi-sectoral, ‘’whole-of-society’’ approach used by pandemic planning during the past five years, Towards a Safer World will host a two day global working conference on pandemic preparedness and practical approaches to advance disaster preparedness. 

Contributions to WFP
6 September 2011

Japan Donates US$ 10 Million To Help WFP Feed Vulnerable People

DHAKA – A generous cash donation of US$ 10 million (Tk. 75 Crore) from the Government of Japan will allow WFP to provide food assistance to poor and vulnerable communities which are vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.

2 September 2011

Russian Wheat Shipment Will Feed Thousands In Drought-Hit Kenya

MOMBASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the arrival in Mombasa of a US$ 1 million shipment of wheat flour from the Russian Federation to support thousands of drought-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

Contributions to WFP
1 September 2011

Japan Donates JPY 2.3 Billion To Help Boost Nutrition In Six Countries

YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed this week a donation package of some JPY 2.3 billion from the Government of Japan. The contribution will provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to the most vulnerable people in six different countries.

Contributions to WFP
31 August 2011

WFP Welcomes Generous Donation From France For Its Operations In The Horn Of Africa

PARIS – A ship chartered by France, transporting 381 metric tons of food for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in the Horn of Africa, is scheduled to depart tomorrow from the port of Toulon, France for Djibouti, which it should reach in around 12 days.

Hunger in the news
30 August 2011

Statement By The World Food Programme On Humanitarian Operations Providing Food Assistance In Somalia

The delivery of food assistance to millions of hungry people in Somalia presents one of the most complex and dangerous challenges that humanitarian agencies face anywhere in the world.  All the humanitarian agencies working in this environment face risks.  There are risks to the safety of their staff, risks to their property, and risks to commodities being moved into the country– whether they are food, medicines, equipment or shelter material.

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