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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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Hunger in the news
3 July 2012

Australian Schools Join Forces With WFP To Provide School Meals To LAO Children

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and WFP Youth Representative Jessica Watson, together with Australian non-profit organisations SchoolAid and Global Development Group (GDG), are joining forces to engage Australian students in the fight against child hunger. All funds will support WFP’s school meals programme in Laos through a Global Development Group project. The joint effort was announced today, 3 July 2012, at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Hunger in the news
28 June 2012

WFP Starts Distributing Food Vouchers To Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began a food voucher programme to assist 40,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley as part of a regional emergency operation to support Syrians who fled unrest in their country.

Hunger in the news
27 June 2012

Dedicated Aid Worker From Laos To Raise Olympic Torch In Birmingham

LONDON – Vadsana Sinthavong, who helps provide school children in her native Laos with nutritious food, has been chosen to represent the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the Olympic Torch Relay in Birmingham on Sunday 1 July.

Hunger in the news
25 June 2012

Laotian National To Raise Olympic Torch For WFP

VIENTIANE – WFP staff member Vadsana Sinthavong has been selected to represent the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) at the Olympic Torch Relay for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Hunger in the news
25 June 2012

WFP Contributes Automatic Weather Stations In Support Of Agriculture

KAMPALA – Good news for farmers and weather watchers: the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is giving 14 automatic weather stations to the Ministry of Water and Environment. The high-tech sets, which come in boxes and are easily assembled, conduct an array of weather monitoring and forecasting tasks. Collected data will be available to both the Government and the private sector.

Hunger in the news
22 June 2012

Resilience Programmes Essential For Truly Sustainable Development in Haiti

RIO DE JANEIRO –Today, Haitian President Michel  Martelly joined WFP and FAO to announce a partnership to sustainably expand Haiti’s national school meals programme, as well as programmes to prevent and treat chronic malnutrition and treat acute malnutrition, while assisting local farmers’ to improve their access to markets.

20 June 2012

World Refugee Day: 20 Million Displaced People Helped By WFP

ROME--Conflict and natural disasters force people from their homes.  They become some of the most vulnerable people on the planet.  Almost one in five people receiving assistance from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is a refugee, someone who has been displaced inside their own country, or someone who has returned home.  It is agencies like WFP they turn to for help to carry them through their ordeals.

Hunger in the news
20 June 2012

Opinion: Food Security Must Be On The Table At Rio+20

They struggle to make crops grow in the parched earth. They watch in despair as their seedlings and livestock are washed away by flash floods. They stand quietly in the markets and watch others buy food that has become too expensive for them to afford.

RBA
20 June 2012

WFP, UNICEF WHO And FAO Hail REACH Initiative On Child Undernutrition As Foundation For Sustainable Development Goals

RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio + 20 presents an opportunity for agreement on the future we want.  It is a future that will be determined by global commitment towards sustainable development goals in the years ahead, and this can be achieved through support for initiatives that provide a strong foundation for reaching these goals.

Hunger in the news
20 June 2012

No Sustainable Development Without Eradication Of Hunger And Extreme Poverty

20 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro and Rome – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Bioversity International have issued the following statement on the occasion of the Rio+20 conference.

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