News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

Contributions to WFP
11 January 2011

Record Aid Package From Japan Helps Feed Hungry Millions in 20 Countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed the largest ever, one-off donation from the Government of Japan, amounting to US$ 196.6 million.  The donation will be used to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people in 20 countries in Asia and Africa and will also support logistics operations in eight countries where WFP is working.

11 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Almost one year ago, the ground began shaking in Haiti and the lives of millions were changed forever.  What came after the quake was a disaster that stretched WFP’s humanitarian expertise to the limit, challenged our response through its complexity and daunted us with the sheer scale of its impact on the Haitian people.

7 January 2011

WFP Renews Commitment to Support Recovery in Guinea-Bissau

Bissau – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today announced a renewed commitment to raising levels of nutrition and increasing access to education in Guinea-Bissau.  It has extended its post-conflict relief and recovery operation through the end of 2011 at a cost of US$8 million.

Contributions to WFP
31 December 2010

WFP Welcomes Historic Donation From Brazil And Hails President Lula's Role In Fighting Global Hunger

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed its largest ever donation from Brazil - a contribution that is likely to push the country into WFP’s top ten list of donors and underline its leadership in fighting hunger on the domestic and international front.

31 December 2010

WFP Airlifts Emergency Food Rations To Refugees Fleeing Côte d'Ivoire Crisis

ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted emergency food assistance into Liberia to feed refugees fleeing the political crisis in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire as part of a rapid scale up of humanitarian operations in response to the evolving humanitarian crisis.

28 December 2010

The Government of Niger and its Partners Determined to Continue Their Efforts Against Malnutrition in Niger

NIAMEY - Despite a good harvest and pastoral season in late 2010, the nutritional situation of children remains alarming in Niger where more than 15 children in 100 suffer from acute malnutrition, according to the results of the National Nutrition Survey made public on 16 December. 

Purchase for Progress
22 December 2010

Afghan Wheat for Hungry Afghans as WFP Buys Local

KABUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be able to stave off a potentially critical shortage of wheat by buying wheat locally in Afghanistan in the largest quantity ever, the organisation announced.


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