News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

ED - E.Cousin
13 March 2015

UNDP Administrator Clark And WFP ED Cousin Discuss Development And Humanitarian Needs In Myanmar

YANGON - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met with government officials in Nay Pyi Taw, and visited Sittwe, in Rakhine State, on a two-day visit to Myanmar this week.

ED - E.Cousin
12 March 2015

Global Campaign Asks #WhatDoesItTake To End Syria Crisis

(New York, 11 March 2015) – More than 200,000 people have been killed since the Syria crisis began in March 2011. The UN estimates that 12.2 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance, while more than 11 million have been forced to flee their homes.

11 March 2015

World Health Organization And World Food Programme Join Forces To Reach Zero Ebola Cases

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are combining their forces in a new partnership in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The arrangement combines the logistics strength of WFP with WHO’s public health expertise to help get the current Ebola outbreak down to zero cases in West Africa. The platform also establishes an alert and response infrastructure for future crises.

Disaster Risk Reduction
11 March 2015

Disaster Risk Reduction Crucial For Meeting Future Hunger Challenges

ROME/TOKYO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will attend the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) 14-18 March in Sendai, Japan.

9 March 2015

WFP Thanks Australia For Helping Conflict-Affected South Sudanese In Sudan

KHARTOUM - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution from the Government of Australia in support of its response to conflict-affected South Sudanese in Sudan.

6 March 2015

Japan Contribution Supports Vulnerable Families In Burkina Faso

OUAGADOUGOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million, equivalent to more than 2.983 billion FCFA, from the Government of Japan, to support activities for nearly 100,000 of the most vulnerable people living in Burkina Faso.

6 March 2015

Japan Helps Feed Flood-Affected Families And School Children In Malawi

NSANJE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$2.5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help those people affected by recent flooding in Malawi. The announcement was made during a visit to flood-hit Nsanje district by the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka, on 1 March. He flew by helicopter to visit food distribution sites in the district to which road access had been cut.

5 March 2015

Significant Japan Donation Helps WFP Meet Urgent Hunger Needs In 27 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.

ED - E.Cousin
5 March 2015

On International Women’s Day, Picture This: A Woman On Top Of The World

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

ROME - Picture it -- a Nepali schoolgirl on the top of Mount Everest. At primary school, where she received WFP school meals, Nimdoma used to dream of doing extraordinary things. She made her dream come true and didn’t stop at Everest, which she conquered when she was 17 years old. Nimdoma, a wonderful example of women’s empowerment, went on to climb the highest mountain on every continent with a Nepali, all-woman, climbing team.

4 March 2015

Japan Supports WFP Food Assistance For Communities Affected By Syria Crisis

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$15.39 million from the Government of Japan towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting more than 6 million conflict-affected Syrians both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries.


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