News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 June 2016

Vulnerable People In Mauritania At Risk Of Missing Out On Life-Saving Support

 NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warns that without urgent financial support, it will be forced to suspend its vital food and nutrition assistance as of September to 415,000 vulnerable Mauritanians who are already struggling to have enough food to eat to lead a healthy life as the lean season sets in.

7 June 2016

“We Came with Nothing, We Have Nothing”: Thousands flee Fallujah as Fighting Intensifies

Joint Press Statement: UNICEF, WFP, IOM & WHO

BAGHDAD – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

6 June 2016

WFP Begins Food Deliveries To Communities Suffering El Niño Drought And Frost In Papua New Guinea

PORT MORESBY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with CARE International and provincial authorities, begins food distributions today in the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea, which has experienced drought and periodic frost conditions since 2015. In two of the most affected provinces —Enga and Hela — 25,400 households will receive the first 70 kg ration of fortified rice lasting six weeks. WFP plans to reach 180,000 people in urgent need of food assistance in the country.

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2016

WFP Plan To Provide Humanitarian Aid Deliveries By Air In Syria

In response to the request of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) WFP has developed a plan to provide humanitarian aid deliveries by air to besieged areas inside Syria. The plan considers the various modes of delivery that would be possible to the 19 besieged areas identified by the UN.

3 June 2016

WFP Partners With Timor-Leste Medical Supply Agency To Bring Specialised Nutritious Food To Women And Children

DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with Timor-Leste’s Medical and Pharmaceutical Supply Agency (SAMES) to ensure that mothers and children get specialized nutritious food in a timely and efficient manner.

2 June 2016

WFP Delivers Food To 56,000 Bangladesh Flood Victims After Cyclone Roanu

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is mobilising emergency food assistance for nearly 56,000 people in southern Bangladesh, about a week after the area was hit by Cyclone Roanu.


1 June 2016

Germany Supports WFP In Tackling Undernutrition & Building Resilience In Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the Federal Republic of Germany's contribution of eight million Euros (US$ 8.9 million) for the period 2016-2021 to support the resilience of rural communities through prevention and treatment of undernutrition, including behaviour change communication activities.
1 June 2016

Canada Supports WFP’s Work Towards Zero Hunger In Ghana

ACCRA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of CAD 20 million (US$ 15 million) from the Government of Canada to implement a programme linking nutrition, agriculture and food processing which will assist almost 1 million people over the next five years.
30 May 2016

In The Sahel Region Of Chad, Half The Population Faces Hunger

N’DJAMENA – New data on food security in the Sahelian belt of Chad shows half the population - around two million people - face hunger and more than a quarter of these people are severely food insecure, needing external assistance to meet their minimum daily food needs, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

School Meals
30 May 2016

More School Children To Receive WFP Take-Home Food Rations In Sierra Leone

FREETOWN - More than 326,000 school children will receive take-home food rations this academic year as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) expands its assistance from 1,000 to 1,415 primary schools across the country to support efforts to get and keep children in school post-Ebola.


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