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Contributions to WFP
12 October 2011

Chinese Donation Supports WFP Food Distribution To Hungry Somalis

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today began the distribution of food assistance to hungry families in Somalia. The food was purchased using a US$16 million donation from China – the country’s largest single donation to WFP humanitarian operations.

Hunger in the news
12 October 2011

Football Quarterback Drew Brees Teams Up With WFP As First US National Ambassador Against Hunger, Appeals For Support For Horn Of Africa Crisis

You’ve seen him save the game on the field. Now he’s helping save lives in the Horn of Africa.

Fight Against HIV/AIDS
11 October 2011

United States Donates Record US$56 Million To Ramp Up HIV Nutrition Activities In Ethiopia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$56 million donation from the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that will dramatically increase resources for programmes in Ethiopia providing vital nutrition assistance to people living with HIV (PLHIV). This donation, the largest ever from PEPFAR, will offer a critical boost to WFP’s HIV and AIDS activities in Ethiopia.

Hunger in the news
11 October 2011

WFP Challenges All Canadian Schools To Feed The Hungry With Freerice.com

Want to play an online game and help donate free rice for the world’s hungry at the same time?  The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is challenging all Canadian students to get involved with the Canadian Freerice School Challenge to see which school can raise the most rice while learning vocabulary, language, math, geography or science skills.

Responding to Emergencies
10 October 2011

World Hunger Report 2011: High, Volatile Prices Set to Continue

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global hunger report published today. 

Contributions to WFP
10 October 2011

Saudi Arabia Donates Dates To WFP Guinea-Bissau To Boost Nutrition During Lean Season

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a donation of 59 metric tons of dates from Saudi Arabia worth more than US$ 233,000 to support vulnerable people in Guinea-Bissau.

Hunger in the news
7 October 2011

IRB & WFP Reaffirm "Tackle Hunger" Campaign During Rugby World Cup 2011

Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand is set to boost support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) following the extension of the successful Tackle Hunger campaign by the International Rugby Board (IRB) and WFP.

Hunger in the news
6 October 2011

Austrian Women's Group Raises €42,000 For WFP Gambia School Meals Programme

Members of an Austrian women’s group, Soroptimist International Austria, raised €42,000 in a single day’s fundraising event for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals programme in The Gambia.

Hunger in the news
6 October 2011

South Sudan: Two New Roads In Lake State Show Way To Food Security

Construction of two new roads linking local farmers to markets has been inaugurated this week in Lakes State as part of a three-year partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the South Sudan Ministry of Transport to build a total of 500 km of feeder roads to help boost agriculture development in the newly independent country.

Hunger in the news
4 October 2011

WFP Launches Phone-Based Pilot Project To Reach Crisis-Hit Food-Insecure Ivorians

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a pilot programme that uses mobile phone technology to facilitate cash transfers to 54,000 people living in poor districts of Abidjan to assist them to buy food.

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