News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

A Billion for a Billion
7 June 2010

Thousands Walk Together to Fight Hunger with WFP

ROME– Tens of thousands of people yesterday took to the streets in cities around the world to show their support for the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in the fight against global hunger.

4 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director - Ahead of End Hunger: Walk the World

ROME - This Sunday, thousands of people around the world will be taking to the streets for the annual “End Hunger: Walk the World” event.  The walk unites people from all over the world in a common belief: that hunger is unacceptable, and we must put our energy, creativity and resources behind the eradication of child malnutrition.

3 June 2010

Weather Insurance Policies Offer Lifeline to Farmers in Developing Countries

DAVOS – Weather insurance can have a sustainable role in protecting poor farmers from going bankrupt after drought or floods, according to a study released today by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2010

As Hurricane Season Opens, WFP Outlines Preparedness Plans for Storms

PORT AU PRINCE – As the hurricane season officially opens, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today outlined emergency readiness plans to help Haiti meet the challenges of potentially devastating rains and tropical storms.

Responding to Emergencies
3 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director on WFP's Humanitarian Response to Tropical Storm Agatha

Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that left 180 people dead, thousands homeless and caused immeasurable damage, was a cruel reminder of the vulnerability of Central America as we head in to the hurricane season.

1 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Nutrition Forum in Rome

ROME -- We are starting to see a global nutrition revolution united by a common goal – to ensure that every child has sufficient nutrition to reach their full potential and live a healthy and productive life.

Preventing Hunger
28 May 2010

WFP Warns of Growing Challenges as Drought-stricken Sahel Enters Hunger Season

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned of growing needs in the Eastern Sahel region of West Africa, where some 10 million people are facing a challenging season of hunger before the next harvest is due in September.

27 May 2010

New Partnership Signed with City of Rome on Global Fight Against Hunger

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran and Gianni Alemanno, Mayor of Rome, on Thursday signed an accord committing both partners to working together closely on efforts to raise awareness of hunger issues worldwide, particularly in emergency situations. Here is Josette Sheeran's statement:

Food For Assets
19 May 2010

WFP Launches First Cash-for-work Programme in Iraq

BAGHDAD – The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a cash-for-work programme in Iraq to help some of the poorest sections of Iraqi society earn enough money to pay for food that might otherwise be beyond their reach.

18 May 2010

WFP Consults Experts on Humanitarian Delivery Systems in Crisis Zones

ROME – In an innovative effort to ensure food can more effectively and safely reach the hungriest people in natural disasters or volatile environments such as Haiti, Afghanistan and Somalia, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is today consulting experts from business, humanitarian and military sectors to tap leading-edge knowledge and technology on supply chain controls and risk management.


Fighting Hunger Worldwide