News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

7 November 2010

WFP Delivers Emergency Food Supplies in Haiti After Hurricane Tomas

PORT AU PRINCE – In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working closely with the Haitian authorities and other partners to distribute high-energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) to thousands of people who had taken refuge in schools and churches in the south-west of the country.  In some of the most storm-affected, such as Jeremie, distributions began within hours of the first heavy rains.

3 November 2010

Egypt Launches Ground-breaking Oil Project to Boost Nutrition

CAIRO – Egypt has launched a major national project to protect its population from vitamin deficiencies, with production beginning this week of vitamin-enriched vegetable oil. The project is in partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

2 November 2010

LG Electronics and WFP Strengthen Partnership to Fight Hunger in Asia

SEOUL – LG Electronics (LG) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have this week come together in new partnership to strengthen the fight against hunger and under-nutrition in Asia.

ED - J.Sheeran
27 October 2010

Statement By WFP Executive Director On Visit To Japan

TOKYO -- I am honoured to be in Tokyo and have the opportunity to thank the Government, Parliament, private sector and the people of this nation,  as Japan is one of WFP’s most strategic partners.

Purchase for Progress
15 October 2010

WFP Celebrates National Leadership to End Hunger and Malnutrition

ROME –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today marks World Food Day by celebrating the bold leadership and outstanding contributions of national governments toward lasting solutions to hunger and malnutrition.

ED - J.Sheeran
14 October 2010

WFP Thanks Sweden for Ongoing Support in the Fight Against Hunger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today thanked the Swedish government for pledging record levels of support in 2011 for programmes that provide food assistance to the most vulnerable people around the world.  Sweden’s contribution to WFP -- which is fully flexible and can be used to provide food assistance wherever it is needed most -- is expected to reach SEK 556 million in 2011, a 15 per cent increase on the 2010 contribution.

Purchase for Progress
13 October 2010

Howard G. Buffett Foundation Commits $13 Million Over Four Years to Develop Agricultural Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Rural Central America

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Howard G. Buffett Foundation today announced an expansion of its commitment to the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative with a US$13 million grant over four years to help smallholder farmers in rural communities in Central America. The funding will support 24,000 farmers in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to access agricultural markets and increase their incomes, putting a special emphasis on involving female farmers.

ED - J.Sheeran
6 October 2010

22 Nations in Protracted Crisis, Assistance to Countries Suffering Double-shocks Should Be Refocused

ROME - Twenty-two countries are facing enormous challenges like repeated food crises and an extremely high prevalence of hunger due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak institutions. These countries are in what is termed a protracted crisis, FAO said in its “State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010” hunger report published today together with the World Food Programme (WFP).

Responding to Emergencies
1 October 2010

Pakistan: Operational Update (1 Oct 2010)

ISLAMABAD – With severe flooding continuing in the south and increasing needs, WFP is preparing to scale up operations to flood-affected populations in October, with plans to reach 7.1 million people.


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