News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
16 December 2016

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin Statement On Aleppo

ROME – For months, the world has watched as the cruelty of war has descended upon the people of Aleppo. As Aleppo and its people have suffered, so has our collective humanity. In recent days, WFP and its partners have provided food to thousands driven from their homes as conflict consumed Aleppo.

15 December 2016

Tens Of Thousands In Lake Chad Region To Benefit From Increased EU Contribution

N’DJAMENA – The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a one-million euro contribution from the European Union through the Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace. This contribution takes the EU’s financial support to WFP in the Lake Chad region to 4,5 million euros. It will allow WFP to provide more than emergency relief for 12,500 families, comprised of 62,500 very vulnerable people in the west of the Sahelian belt. 

9 December 2016

UN Provides Vital Food And Aid To 42,000 People In Eastern Mosul

BAGHDAD – In the single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul since the current conflict began, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) yesterday provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people in eastern Mosul. For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul, many of whom are in desperate need of assistance.
8 December 2016

National Level Simulation Exercise Prepares Humanitarian Partners For Next Big Disaster

KATHMANDU – A three-day simulation exercise (SIMEX) on early warning, emergency preparedness, response and capacity building for natural disasters concluded in Kathmandu today. The exercise was organized by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA).
8 December 2016

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Generous Contribution To Fight Food Insecurity In Myanmar

NAY PYI TAW – WFP welcomed yesterday a contribution of JPY 300 million (US$ 2.8 million) made by the Government of Japan to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to help reduce food insecurity and undernutrition and increase resilience among the most vulnerable communities in Myanmar.

6 December 2016

WFP PDMA And FOCUS Launch Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) And School Safety Projects In Sanghar And Tharparkar

SANGHAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, in collaboration with Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA and DDMAs), have launched two new projects aimed at reducing the risks posed by natural disasters in Pakistan: a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project and a School Safety project.

6 December 2016

Swiss Support To WFP In DPR Korea Reaches Record High In 2016

PYONGYANG – In 2016, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed record level contributions from Switzerland - totaling more than US$8 million - to reach children and women with nutrition assistance in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Swiss support is helping WFP to reach 650,000 children and mothers for a period of ten months.

6 December 2016

Urgent Funding Needed To Reverse New Food Ration Cuts For Refugees In Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to make new cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya amid a severe funding shortage, as the agency is rapidly running out of resources to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.

School Meals
4 December 2016

Students Celebrate As School Meals Resume In Sudan’s Blue Nile State

DAMAZIN – Following a more than five-year hiatus, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) resumed its school meals programme in Sudan’s Blue Nile State this week for more than 7,000 students in 21 schools.

2 December 2016

Ireland Assists WFP Humanitarian Operations In Mozambique As The Lean Season Peaks

MAPUTO - The Irish Government today announced a contribution of EUR 1.5 million to support emergency operations by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique, where 1.4 million people are unable to meet their food needs due to an El Niño-induced drought.


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