News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

28 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on the appointment of Peter Bakker as WFP Ambassador Against Hunger

DAVOS -- As a business leader and CEO at TNT, Peter Bakker has been a tireless campaigner for the world’s hungry.  He has set a gold standard that others have followed, demonstrating the transformational power of partnerships between the private sector and the humanitarian world.

26 January 2011

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion Reflects On Africa Visit

MANILA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – Philippines’ National Ambassador Against Hunger, Kristina Cassandra “KC” Concepcion, embarked on her first field mission outside the country last week when she visited WFP operations in Uganda’s impoverished Karamoja region, as well as in the grain basket district of Kapchorwa in the east of the country.

Hunger in the news
20 January 2011

Niger: Good Harvest, Malnutrition Still High

A joint assessment by FAO and the World Food Programme (WFP) says that acute malnutrition rates in Niger remain high despite a good harvest.

Hunger in the news
19 January 2011

WFP And Government Of Afghanistan Strengthen Coordination On Food Assistance

KABUL – High-level officials from the Government of Afghanistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) met Tuesday to map out a common strategy for the provision of WFP food assistance to millions of vulnerable Afghans over the next three years.

Hunger in the news
18 January 2011

WFP And UNICEF To Scale Up Nutrition To Fight Child Stunting In Southern And Eastern Africa

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) agreed today to work together to reduce levels of child stunting in Southern and Eastern Africa and accelerate progress toward achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals by 2015.

Contributions to WFP
17 January 2011

EU And WFP's Global Actions Reaching The Right People At The Right Time

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is looking forward to building on its partnership with the European Commission (EC) with the goal of providing humanitarian assistance to help millions more people get the nutritious food they need to feed their families.

ED - J.Sheeran
14 January 2011

WFP Executive Director On Three-Day Visit To Middle East

CAIRO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will begin a three-day mission to the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Jordan on 17 January during which she will be visiting WFP projects and meeting government officials, partners and WFP staff.

13 January 2011

WFP Scales Up Assistance To Ivorian Refugees In Liberia

MONROVIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operation providing food assistance to Côte d'Ivoire refugees in Liberia, yesterday entered a new phase with the start of general food distributions targeting 22, 507 refugees in the 23 villages where they are currently sheltering in the border area.

12 January 2011

WFP Steps up Efforts to Assist Refugees From Myanmar in Cox's Bazar

DHAKA - The United Nations World Food Programme has extended its current refugee operations for two more years to provide support to 31,000 food-insecure refugees in Cox’s Bazar at a cost of nearly US$11 million. 

Preventing Hunger
12 January 2011

South Sudan Food Security Improves, Though Prospects Depend on Post-referendum Period

ROME/JUBA - The number of people in need of food assistance in southern Sudan has decreased markedly - though prospects for food security largely depend on the post-referendum period and the number of people returning to the South, a United Nations report said today.


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