News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

10 May 2010

WFP Honours Brazilian President for Role in Fighting Global Hunger

BRASILIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has honoured  President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, as a “Global Champion in the Battle Against Hunger” in recognition of  his vision and leadership in the fight to eradicate hunger and child under-nutrition in Brazil and worldwide.   The honour was bestowed on President Lula by WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, during her first official visit to the country.

10 May 2010

WFP Media Advisory: World Food Programme Executive Director Visits Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will begin a two day visit to Haiti on Tuesday 11 May to see how WFP is supporting the long term recovery and food security of the Haitian people.

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7 May 2010

Christina Aguilera Named Ambassador Against Hunger

NEW YORK – Five-time Grammy Award winner, Christina Aguilera, was today named “Ambassador Against Hunger” for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – an appointment she revealed during her appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.  

5 May 2010

Yemen Media Backgrounder

The United Nations World Food Programme is aiming to provide food assistance to some 1.5 million Yemenis per month, including approximately 270,000 who have been displaced by conflict in northern Yemen.

26 April 2010

WFP Steps Up Response to Growing Food Crisis in Niger

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced it is more than doubling the number of hungry people it feeds in Niger, providing assistance to 2.3 million people caught in a worsening food crisis caused by drought in the eastern Sahel.

Food For Assets
21 April 2010

ARMM Signs Agreement for Implementation of EU-Funded Food-For-Assets Program

MANILA –In line with early recovery and rehabilitation efforts, Acting Governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Ansaruddin Alonto-Adiong has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for a Food-for-Assets Program in the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur.

20 April 2010

Major Echo Donation to Support Emergency Assistance in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of US$23 million from the European Commission through the Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), to support food assistance for 2.3 million vulnerable people in the country.

7 April 2010

Korean Government And Korean Film Star Jang Dong-Gun Help The Hungry In Laos

VIENTIANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed today two generous contributions, one from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) of the Republic of Korea, and the other from famous Korean actor, Mr Jang Dong Gun.

6 April 2010

High Malnutrition Rates, A Silent Emergency In DRC

KINSHASA -- Nutrition surveys carried out by the Congolese government, with the support of UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), have found unusually high levels of malnutrition in children living in five provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Food For Assets
30 March 2010

WFP Launches Strategy To Bring Social Security And Stability To Haiti

Port au Prince – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that Haiti’s human capital will have a major role to play in providing safety nets for the most vulnerable, boosting local agriculture production and supporting local markets throughout the entire country in the aftermath of the recent devastating earthquake.


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