News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 December 2016

European Union Funding Helps WFP Save Lives In South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says that during 2016, funding from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has been critical to WFP’s support for hundreds of thousands of people affected by conflict in South Sudan.
22 December 2016

Funding Shortages Threaten Vital Assistance To Thousands Of Displaced In Central African Republic

BANGUI – The World Food Programme (WFP) urges donors to provide immediate support so 150,000 highly vulnerable people, displaced by violence, can continue to receive life-saving assistance in the Central African Republic (CAR).

22 December 2016

UK Supports South Sudanese Refugees In Sudan

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of £3 million (approximately US$3.7 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom to respond to the critical needs of more than 164,000 South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

21 December 2016

Madagascar’s Prime Minister Calls For Support And Investment Against Chronic Malnutrition

ANTANANARIVO – The results of a new Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) study indicate that Madagascar’s economy loses 3.384 billion Ariary (US$1.5 billion) per year – the equivalent of 14.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – to the effects of malnutrition.

21 December 2016

Russian Federation Boosts Support To WFP To Strengthen Rural Livelihoods Of The Most Vulnerable In The Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution from the Russian Federation that will be used to support rural livelihoods and strengthen national productive safety nets for the most vulnerable communities in the Kyrgyz Republic.
19 December 2016

WFP Responding to Urgent Needs of Thousands Affected by East Aleppo Crisis

DAMASCUS – Amid the catastrophic humanitarian situation in Aleppo, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has rushed in to provide hot meals, bread, and food rations to thousands of Syrians affected by the brutal conflict.

19 December 2016

UN World Food Programme Welcomes Japanese Contribution To Its Operations In Mozambique

CHOKWE – The Government of Japan has contributed $US2.7 million to UN World Food Programme (WFP) operations in Mozambique. This will allow us to assist more than 82,000 drought-hit farmers in Gaza and Sofala provinces for three months, through programmes designed to restore livelihoods and improve resilience to climate change.
19 December 2016

WFP Welcomes Contribution From Spain To Support Humanitarian Air Transport In The Sahel

MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation from the Government of Spain to support its management of the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) in Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

Contributions to WFP
16 December 2016

WFP Welcomes Kuwait Contribution To Food Assistance For Iraqis Affected By Mosul Crisis

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$3 million from the Government of Kuwait to provide emergency food assistance for thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul. 

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.


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