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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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6 February 2017

Japan Provides 1,700 Metric Tons Of Food To Reduce Stunting Among Children In Karamoja

MOROTO – The Japanese Ambassador to Uganda today handed over food to boost nutrition for 50,000 infants, mothers and pregnant women in Karamoja to prevent child stunting in the region.

6 February 2017

Government Of Pakistan Continues Strong Support With Wheat Contributions

ISLAMABAD – The Government of Pakistan remains the largest host government donor for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) worldwide with its recent contributions of wheat totaling 50,000 metric tons, valued at approximately USD 19.9 million, to WFP operations in Pakistan.

3 February 2017

WFP Rejects Nigeria Seeds Allegations

ABUJA - The World Food Programme (WFP) categorically denies a website story that it is or will distribute genetically modified seeds to farmers in Nigeria. 

Climate Change
3 February 2017

WFP Welcomes Denmark’s Support To Drought-Affected Somalis

COPENHAGEN – A well-timed contribution from Denmark of DKK 15 million (US$ 2.1 million) will help the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provide life-saving emergency assistance to people affected by drought in Somalia.

Responding to Emergencies
3 February 2017

WFP And Belgium Start Efforts To Deploy Drones In Humanitarian Emergencies

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme and Government of Belgium are launching an initiative to explore the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, widely known as drones) in humanitarian emergencies. 

Disaster Risk Reduction
3 February 2017

WFP Hands Over HF Radio Packs To Fiji National Disaster Management Office

SUVA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) officially handed over two high frequency (HF) radio packs to the Fiji Ministry of Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management in Suva on 1 February 2017. The HF back packs will be used by the Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) for their operations. The handover is part of WFP’s ongoing efforts to strengthen emergency communication systems in Fiji, in its role as lead of the Pacific Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).

Cash and Vouchers
31 January 2017

Funding From Canada Provides Cash Assistance To Thousands Of Refugees In Tanzania

KASULU – Selected refugees at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in western Tanzania have received a cash transfer from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), replacing part of their monthly food rations. These refugees now receiving cash in addition to food are part of a three-month pilot programme covering 10,000 refugees. The cash component is being funded by Canada through a CAD 500,000 (US$385,000) contribution to WFP.

30 January 2017

United States Provides $4 Million To Alleviate Impact Of Drought On People Living With HIV

Harare, 30 January, 2016 – The United States Government has provided an additional US$4 million in response to drought affected areas in Zimbabwe, targeting people living with HIV in the most severely affected areas of the country. This funding brings the total U.S. support to alleviate the effects of drought to $131 million, assisting 2 million people since June 2015. The funding comes from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The activities will be implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

30 January 2017

European Union Provides Critical Support To WFP As Lean Season Peaks In Mozambique

MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €9.8 million (US$10.8 million) from the European Union to support its humanitarian operations in Mozambique.
Responding to Emergencies
27 January 2017

WFP Scales Up And Humanitarian Community Reduces Hunger In Northeast Nigeria

DAMATURU/ABUJA – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin welcomes the progress made by the humanitarian community and the Government of Nigeria in fighting hunger in the country’s northeast. Together, Cousin said, they are reaching increasing numbers of people affected by years of conflict.

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