News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Purchase for Progress
13 October 2010

Howard G. Buffett Foundation Commits $13 Million Over Four Years to Develop Agricultural Markets for Smallholder Farmers in Rural Central America

DES MOINES, IOWA – The Howard G. Buffett Foundation today announced an expansion of its commitment to the World Food Programme’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative with a US$13 million grant over four years to help smallholder farmers in rural communities in Central America. The funding will support 24,000 farmers in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to access agricultural markets and increase their incomes, putting a special emphasis on involving female farmers.

ED - J.Sheeran
6 October 2010

22 Nations in Protracted Crisis, Assistance to Countries Suffering Double-shocks Should Be Refocused

ROME - Twenty-two countries are facing enormous challenges like repeated food crises and an extremely high prevalence of hunger due to a combination of natural disasters, conflict and weak institutions. These countries are in what is termed a protracted crisis, FAO said in its “State of Food Insecurity in the World 2010” hunger report published today together with the World Food Programme (WFP).

Responding to Emergencies
1 October 2010

Pakistan: Operational Update (1 Oct 2010)

ISLAMABAD – With severe flooding continuing in the south and increasing needs, WFP is preparing to scale up operations to flood-affected populations in October, with plans to reach 7.1 million people.

1 October 2010

Helicopter Delivering WFP Food Assistance Makes Forced Landing In Pakistan Flood Zone

ISLAMABAD – A helicopter contracted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to deliver food assistance in flood-affected areas of Pakistan had to make a forced landing today in southern Sindh province. The incident took place during a mission to deliver high-energy biscuits to flood-affected populations.

27 September 2010

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Pledge to Redouble Efforts to Help the Poor and Hungry

We have signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement which aims to redouble our efforts to help the poor and hungry.

Purchase for Progress
24 September 2010

Statement By WFP Executive Director On Purchase For Progress And Millennium Development Goals

NEW YORK -- Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the most urgent one – to reduce the proportion of hungry people in the world by half by 2015 – requires not just shared vision and commitment but shared action on the ground.  Today the solutions to ending hunger and poverty often involve a whole range of players working together in innovative ways.

22 September 2010

World Food Programme Announces Bold Partnership with Private Sector to Cut Hunger

New York - The World Food Programme is joining hands with private sector companies to develop innovative hunger solutions, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran announced today, following a major gathering of private sector companies during the United Nations General Assembly.

Responding to Emergencies
17 September 2010

WFP Expands Emergency Operation in Pakistan: US$600 mln Needed for Relief and Recovery

ROME –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today urged donors to provide additional financial support to meet urgent needs and help build the bridge between emergency food assistance and long term recovery in Pakistan.

16 September 2010

Mounting Concern for the Hungry in Chad as Hope Rises in Niger

ROME – As harvest time approaches in the Eastern Sahel, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today that rates of malnutrition among children remain at critical levels in Chad.


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