News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Cash and Vouchers
16 March 2016

WFP Boosts Food And Cash Assistance As El Nino’s Grip On Zimbabwe Tightens

HARARE – Vulnerable people in Zimbabwe will continue to receive relief assistance from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) through what is usually a period of bounty but which this year has turned into a time of want. WFP is extending its relief programme due to the punishing impact of El Niño on the food security of the country.

Cash and Vouchers
16 March 2016

WFP Launches Food Voucher Programme For Families In Yemen

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) began distributing food vouchers to assist close to 120,000 people living in Sana’a city with plans to reach one million people across Yemen in this way by the end of 2016.

15 March 2016

More than 100 humanitarian agencies call for immediate and sustained access in Syria

GENEVA – One hundred and two humanitarian agencies today urged sustained and unconditional humanitarian access to all Syrians.

The appeal was made on the fifth anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria.

The appeal and signatories are below.

For more information please contact:

14 March 2016

WFP & UNICEF Issue Urgent Call For Support To Continue Vital Assistance In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT, MAURITANIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that funding shortfalls threaten their ability to provide essential assistance to some of the most vulnerable families in Mauritania.

11 March 2016

Joint Statement on Syria

After five years of a brutal and senseless conflict over a quarter of a million Syrians have been killed and over half the population forced from their homes out of fear and want. Some 4.6 million people are barely existing in places that few can leave and aid cannot reach. A further 4.8 million people have fled the country. Syria today is a very different place – almost unrecognizable in parts – that will take generations to rebuild.

11 March 2016

Japan Provides US$3.2 Million To Support WFP’s Emergency Relief Work In South Sudan

JUBA – The Government of Japan today announced a contribution of US$3.2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support WFP’s lifesaving relief operations in South Sudan, including specialized nutrition treatment for mothers and children and a critical aviation service for humanitarian workers.

School Meals
10 March 2016

Egypt And WFP Celebrate The First Africa Day Of School Feeding

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, today marked the first Africa Day of School Feeding at a public school in Cairo.

Focus on Women
8 March 2016

International Agencies In Rome Together Commemorate Women’s Day With Collective And Individual Commitments For Achieving World Wide Gender Equity

ROME – Leaders of international organizations based in Rome today gathered to highlight the achievements and the real prospects for achieving gender equality.  The speakers all agreed accelerating the empowerment of women everywhere is fundamental to achieving a zero hunger world and reaching the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

7 March 2016

Germany’s Pledge Allows WFP To Restore Full Support To Syrian Refugees In Jordan

AMMAN – Thanks to a generous and timely pledge from Germany, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reinstated the full value of the electronic food vouchers it uses to provide vital support to hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Syrians in Jordan in March.

4 March 2016

WFP Welcomes €40 Million Contribution From European Union For Syrian Refugees In Turkey

ANKARA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €40 million (US$43.8 million) from the European Union to continue and scale up vital assistance to Syrian refugees in Turkey.


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