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22 June 2017

Breakthrough As WFP Food Convoy Reaches Besieged Syrian Town

DAMASCUS – A convoy of three trucks from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) using a newly opened land corridor has arrived in Qamishli in Syria’s northeastern Hasakeh governorate, carrying lifesaving food assistance for hungry families. This is the first time that WFP has been able to deliver food by land in two years since the area became inaccessible in December 2015. Since that time, WFP has had to operate costly airlifts to bring food to vulnerable families.

Contributions to WFP
22 June 2017

Australia Announces Funding To Build Community Resilience In Cox’s Bazar

DHAKA – The Australian Government has announced additional support of AUD3.9 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to improve nutrition and build community resilience in Cox’s Bazar.

Responding to Emergencies
21 June 2017

South Sudan Famine Ebbs, But Situation Still Desperate As Hunger Spreads

ROME/JUBA - Famine has eased in South Sudan after a significant scale up in the humanitarian response, according to new analysis released today. However, the situation remains dire across the country as the number of people struggling to find enough food each day has grown to 6 million – up from 4.9 million in February – and is the highest level of food insecurity ever experienced in South Sudan.

19 June 2017

Germany Provides €28 Million To Support WFP Cash Assistance Programme For Conflict-Affected Iraqis

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a generous contribution of €28 million from the German Government, which will support food assistance to 275,000 displaced Iraqis in four governorates across the country.

19 June 2017

WFP’s Humanitarian Aviation Expertise On Display At Paris Air Show

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is proud to be taking part, for the seventh year in a row, in the international Paris Air Show. Held from 19 to 25 June, the top event of its kind in the world will allow WFP to showcase its aviation expertise and ability to deliver crucial assistance in times of crisis. It will also offer a chance to explore the availability of new aircraft, air operators and technologies for humanitarian aviation.

15 June 2017

WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Cope With Severe Drought In Swaziland

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.

14 June 2017

WFP Delivers Food To Displaced Families In Syria’s Raqqa And Deir Ezzor

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food to displaced people in seven hard-to-reach areas in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor governorates in northern Syria, where regular deliveries of humanitarian assistance have been suspended for more than three years due to conflict and besiegement.

13 June 2017

WFP Funding Crunch In Palestine Threatens Food Voucher Assistance

JERUSALEM – Unless new funding quickly arrives, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) may be forced to suspend its voucher food assistance in July for nearly 150,000 people in Gaza and the West Bank, the majority of whom are women and children. 

7 June 2017

China Supports WFP Food Assistance In Chad

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 4 million from China, which will support food assistance for more than 100,000 people in need.

6 June 2017

China Contributes US$5 Million To WFP’s Emergency Operation In South Sudan

JUBA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$5 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide food assistance to 160,000 people affected by acute hunger in South Sudan, including 30,000 children under the age of five.

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