News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
31 August 2010

UNICEF/WFP Chiefs Call for Renewed Support to Pakistan's Flood Victims

Islamabad – The Executive Directors of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today called on the international community to step up their support for the victims of the ongoing floods in Pakistan.

ED - J.Sheeran
30 August 2010

Travel Advisory: WFP Executive Director to Visit Pakistan Flood Zone

ISLAMABAD – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is to visit Pakistan between August 31 and September 1.

Responding to Emergencies
24 August 2010

WFP to Expand Kyrgyzstan Operations Before Winter Sets in

OSH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up its operations in Kyrgyzstan, taking into account rising food prices, a poor harvest, the onset of winter and the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in June.

School Meals
24 August 2010

WFP in Central African Republic May Cut Feeding Hungry Because of Lack of Funds

BANGUI – Tens of thousands of people risk becoming malnourished unless critical new funding is secured for the World Food Programme in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2010

At Least 40 Helicopters Needed To Reach Communities Stranded By Pakistan Floods

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today estimates that it requires at least 40 additional heavy-lift helicopters in Pakistan to reach the huge number of people cut off from land assistance by the recent floods with desperately needed emergency food and other humanitarian supplies.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2010

Niger & Sahel Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - With millions of people facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests and high food prices, WFP is scaling up to reach almost 8 million people with food assistance over the next 6 months.

Food For Assets
17 August 2010

WFP Expands Cash-For-Work Programme in Iraq

Baghdad – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is targeting unemployment in some of the areas most affected by violence and insecurity in Iraq through expanding its cash-for-work programme to reach more than 11,000 vulnerable people and help them meet their daily food needs.

11 August 2010

WFP Emergency Operation Enters New Phase In Drought-Stricken Niger

NIAMEY – The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a major round of feeding in Niger for 670,000 young children and their families as part of an emergency operation to reach as many as 8 million food-insecure people in the drought-stricken West African country.

Food Security Analysis
10 August 2010

Zimbabwe Food Security Improves, But 1.68 Million People Still Need Food Assistance

ROME – Although food security in Zimbabwe improved significantly following government efforts and a US$70 million international assistance programme providing farmers with subsidized inputs, the country still needs agricultural and food assistance next year for some 1.68 million people.

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2010

WFP Launches Helicopter Relief Operation to Feed More Pakistan Flood Victims

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today launched a major airlift, using helicopters to boost its ongoing relief operation and bring desperately needed food to people cut off by the devastating floods in northern Pakistan.


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