News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

School Meals
26 August 2015

Experts Discuss the Roles of School Feeding as Tool for Sustainable Development in the Americas

LIMA –More than 200 participants including government representatives, regional and international school feeding experts, public and private organizations and associates, from 17 countries from the region, will participate in the VII School Feeding Seminar for LAC, which will be held from the 26th to the 28th of August 2015 in the Peruvian capital.

Responding to Emergencies
26 August 2015

Unicef And WFP Reach Thousands Of People In South Sudan Stranded Without Humanitarian Assistance For Months

JUBA -  Despite intense insecurity in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State, UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) have managed to get urgently needed food and nutrition assistance to tens of thousands of people who had been cut off from relief agencies for months.

Responding to Emergencies
26 August 2015

Myanmar: WFP Food Assistance Reaches More Than 400,000 Flood Victims

YANGON - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided life-saving food to more than 408,000 flood affected people in Myanmar since emergency relief efforts began on 2 August, within 48 hours of the President’s declaration of a state of natural disaster.

19 August 2015

WFP Warns Of Food Crisis In Yemen Amid Challenges In Reaching People And Shortage Of Funding

SANA’A/ADEN - Seeing first-hand the challenges facing millions of people affected by the crisis in Yemen, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, warned that lack of immediate and unhindered access to people who urgently need food assistance and the shortage of funding create the possibility of famine for millions, mostly women and children already hungry in this war-torn country.

18 August 2015

On Eve Of World Humanitarian Day, WFP Executive Director Lauds Frontline Heroes

Statement from The Executive Director Ertharin Cousin

17 August 2015

21,000 Women Helped To Leave Extreme Poverty Behind Through Cash Grant & Training

DHAKA – More than 21,000 women in Bangladesh are to receive a one-time cash grant of 15,000 taka (US$190) to start small businesses, along with food and training in nutrition and business skills.

Responding to Emergencies
13 August 2015

WFP Executive Director Implores Global Community To Continue Support For Syrian Refugees

BEIRUT – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin concluded a visit to Jordan and Lebanon on Thursday by calling upon the international community to continue supporting Syrian refugees displaced in neighbouring countries and appealing to the world not to forget this crisis.

Cash and Vouchers
13 August 2015

WFP Launches Its First Cash Assistance To Address Food Needs In Eastern Ukraine

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun cash distributions in government controlled areas in Luhansk and Donetsk region to 60,000 people – mostly internally displaced – who have been badly affected by the crisis in Ukraine.

12 August 2015

Thousands Of Refugees And Host Community Farmers Set To Benefit As OPM, UNHCR And WFP Sign Landmark Self-Reliance Agreement

KAMPALA – Refugees and members of host communities are set to benefit after a landmark deal was signed between the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that will bring greater economic prosperity and enhanced self-reliance to thousands of farmers.

12 August 2015

WFP Executive Director Raises Alarm About Assistance Cuts For Syrian Refugees In Jordan

AMMAN - Concerned by the deteriorating conditions of Syrian refugees in Jordan, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has concluded a visit to the Kingdom, during which she met Syrian families and heard the hopes and fears of young people.


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