News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

21 June 2016

Severe Food Insecurity Widespread In Yemen

Situation expected to deteriorate if fighting continues – over half of the population living in crisis

20 June 2016

ShareTheMeal Launches New Goal Following Overwhelming Ramadan Support

ROME – The World Food Programme’s (WFP) ShareTheMeal app reached its goal of providing food for a full year to 1,400 Syrian refugee children in Beirut, Lebanon, in just seven weeks. This was possible in large part because of overwhelming support from 20,000 users who gave at the start of Ramadan through the app’s new Arabic language version.

School Meals
20 June 2016

The European Union And WFP Support Better Community Schools To Improve Access To Education For Egyptian Children

The European Union (EU) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, today start the rehabilitation of 3,500 one-classroom community schools. This two-year initiative will cover 16 governorates across Egypt and aims to reach 1,500 schools by the end of 2016.

14 June 2016

World Food Programme to Double Assistance in Conflict-torn Diffa Region

Niamey – Faced with a new wave of displacement following recent Boko Haram attacks in Niger’s Diffa region and with needs on the rise, WFP plans to double its food and nutrition assistance, aiming to gradually increase its life-saving support to more than 250,000 people in Niger’s embattled southern region.

13 June 2016

Pope Francis Urges Increased Commitment To The Fight For Zero Hunger

ROME – In the first papal visit to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Pope Francis today gave his full support to the goal of eradicating hunger and paid tribute to the organization’s staff, including those who had lost their lives at work.

13 June 2016

Government Of Nepal To Take Over Crucial Food Security Monitoring System

KATHMANDU – The European Union (EU) and United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have today handed over a crucial food security monitoring system to the Government of Nepal.
13 June 2016

New Contribution From USAID To Boost WFP Food Assistance And Humanitarian Air Transport

Kabul – In the first half of 2016, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed US$19 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan to support both the WFP-led United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), and WFP food assistance to vulnerable people.
10 June 2016

WFP Food Reaches Families In The Besieged Town Of Darayya

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has delivered food for the first time since 2012 to the besieged town of Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, as part of a joint UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) convoy.

School Meals
9 June 2016

Ground-Breaking School Feeding Analysis Launched

WASHINGTON/LONDON/ROME – A major contemporary analysis of global school meals practices, designed to help strengthen these vital social investments, was released today by Imperial College London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the World Bank (WB).

9 June 2016

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger Calls For Sustained Efforts To Break Cycle Of Hunger In Malawi

LILONGWE - Leading Japanese model and UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ambassador Against Hunger, Kurara Chibana, has said she was impressed to see communities affected by last year’s floods and more recently by drought working hard to recover their livelihoods in Malawi.


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