News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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1 September 2012

U.S. Wheat Donation Arrives In Chittagong Port To Support WFP School Feeding

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a vital shipment of wheat from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will be used to produce nutritious biscuits to provide 350,000 pre-primary and primary school children with a daily snack for a full year

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29 August 2012

In 24 Hours, Myfishbowl Players Provide 300,000 Meals For Lao School Children

BANGKOK – On 24 August, MyFishBowl, a Facebook-based Chinese language game, launched a week-long online campaign “Action Against Hunger” with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  Within just one day, MyFishBowl players had donated over US$100,000 - enough for more than 300,000 school meals for children in WFP’s School Feeding Progamme in Laos.

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17 August 2012

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin Commemorates World Humanitarian Day And Remembers Fallen Heroes

Every day, humanitarian workers around the world assist millions of people, regardless of who they are and where they are located. Many of us and our co-workers work in the toughest places – remote, inaccessible, stricken by disaster or conflict – taking risks, even at their own personal peril, to serve those less fortunate.

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16 August 2012

WFP And Brazil Collaborate To Help Poorest In Bangladesh Prepare For Natural Disasters And Climate Change

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is helping some 400,000 vulnerable Bangladeshis prepare for and cope with the impact of natural disasters and climate change through a Government of Brazil donation of 7,000 tons of rice, valued at US$3.3 million, and in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh.

15 August 2012

Statement By WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin On Air Drops For Refugees In South Sudan

JUBA - Today I am pleased to announce that the United Nations World Food Programme has begun air drops of urgently needed food to refugees in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State.  I have been in South Sudan for the last two days meeting mothers and children whom we assist in the world’s newest nation.

13 August 2012

WFP Executive Director Visits Sudan And The Republic Of South Sudan

ROME – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has today begun a three-day visit to the neighbouring countries of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan.

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13 August 2012

Australia Supports Philippine Disaster Preparedness Through WFP Rice Contingency Stock

MANILA – With the Philippines currently experiencing disastrous floods, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) recently received a generous grant of $AU1 million (approximately Php43.8 million) from the Australian Government to significantly boost WFP’s contingency food stocks for enhanced disaster response capacity in the Philippines.

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11 August 2012

WFP Supports Government Relief Efforts For Flood-Affected Communities

MANILA – In the wake of monsoon rains that have brought severe floods to the Luzon and Visayas regions, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has mobilized logistics and food support to complement the Philippine Government’s emergency relief efforts, working closely with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

10 August 2012

Global Leaders Rally At The Starting Block In Race Against Child Malnutrition

ROME - WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will join high-level global representatives from governments, businesses and civil society attending the “Global Hunger Event” hosted by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, in London on Sunday 12 August. Media interested in interview opportunities with Ertharin Cousin should contact Caroline Hurford ( tel: +44 7968 008474

Contributions to WFP
6 August 2012

South Korea Gives US$2 Million For Vegetable Production In Karamoja

KAMPALA – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) today announced a contribution of US$2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in support of enhanced nutrition and higher household incomes in the Karamoja region.


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