News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
21 December 2011

WFP Tajikistan Welcomes US$6 Million Donation from Russia

“This donation comes at a time when the resilience of the most vulnerable families will be once again tested by a resurgence of high prices for staple foods,” said WFP Country Director Alzira Ferreira. “This generous contribution will help WFP strengthen its social protection programmes to mitigate the impact of high food prices on the poorest families and help them through the harsh winter months.”

20 December 2011

WFP Supports The Government Of The Philippines Response To Tropical Storm Washi

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing urgently needed food, supplies and logistics support to boost the Philippine government’s emergency response to help thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Washi, which battered Northern Mindanao over the weekend.

16 December 2011

WFP And Ministry Of Education Engage In Stregthening Capacity Of Liberia's School Feeding Programme

“We are donating these items in preparation for the gradual handover of the school meals programme to the Ministry of Education,” said WFP Liberia Country Director Getachew Diriba at the handover ceremony held at the Ministry and attended by Minister of Education Dr. E. Othelo Gongar.

WFP Ambassadors
15 December 2011

Singer Sami Yusuf And WFP Join In Support For Drought-Stricken Horn Of Africa

Renowned recording artist Sami Yusuf is to donate the proceeds of a new single to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in support of humanitarian operations in the drought-hit Horn of Africa.

Hunger in the news
15 December 2011

WFP Warns More Than 2.5 Million Will Require Food Assistance In South Sudan

WFP Country Director Chris Nikoi: "A gathering storm of hunger is approaching South Sudan, caused by crop failure and market disruption. Food prices have already doubled or tripled in some areas, leaving hundreds of thousands of children vulnerable to malnutrition at a key developmental stage of their young lives.”

Responding to Emergencies
13 December 2011

WFP Raises Alarm At Unseasonal Food Price Increase In Drought-Hit Niger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deeply concerned by an unseasonal rise in grain prices in Niger and is planning an urgent scale-up of food assistance operations -- aimed at as many as one million people in vulnerable households.

Contributions to WFP
9 December 2011

MasterCard and WFP Team Up to Enable Customers to Feed Hungry in Horn of Africa

The UN World Food Programme (WFP), MasterCard PayPass and Poland’s Alma supermarket chain have launched a new campaign to provide meals to hungry children suffering from drought in the Horn of Africa.

6 December 2011

Italian Power Company ENEL And WFP Unveil Joint Effort In Fight Against Hunger And Climate Change

€8 million agreement to install “green” stoves and solar panels and provide support for humanitarian efforts.

Hunger in the news
5 December 2011

New Helicopter Service Supports Assistance To Somali Refugees in Dolo Ado

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) today started a helicopter service linking the refugee camps in Dolo Ado with the town of Gode, in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, a critical connection that will keep heavy rainfall from disrupting humanitarian services to the camps.

Hunger in the news
2 December 2011

FAO, IFAD and WFP Reach 22 Million People With Massive EU Investment In Agriculture

In just two years FAO, IFAD, and WFP have assisted over 22 million people hardest hit by the global food price crisis thanks to generous funding from the European Union’s Food Facility (EUFF) - providing tangible evidence that investing in agriculture and nutrition improves global food security, the three UN agencies said today. The combined effects of high food prices in 2007-2008 and the global financial and economic downturn pushed millions of people into poverty and hunger. By the end of 2008, when the number of undernourished people neared one billion, the European Union launched the € 1 billion Food Facility.


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