News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

Responding to Emergencies
15 September 2010

FAO/IFAD/WFP to Accelerate Assistance to Pakistan Flood Victims

Rome  - The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working together to address urgent  food security challenges in Pakistan, following the recent flood disaster which destroyed  food stocks and approximately 10 percent of the country’s standing crops, leaving an estimated 10 million people vulnerable to hunger and malnutrition. Cooperation between FAO, IFAD and WFP is  a fundamental part of the recovery effort.

School Meals
7 September 2010

School Meals in Cape Verde: a National Success Story

ROME – After more than 30 years of collaboration with the World Food Programme (WFP), the Government of Cape Verde has today taken full ownership of its national school meals programme, setting an example for many other developing countries to follow.

Students And Teachers
7 September 2010

FreeRice 2.0: Feeding Minds While Feeding the Hungry

ROME – Does the word arundinaceous mean long and thin or someone who talks too much? Is an aleconner a beer-taster or a kind of bird? Does scunner mean deep dislike or something you’d find on a boat?


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