News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
19 June 2010

WFP Ramps Up Food Deliveries For Victims Of Kyrgyzstan Crisis

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme is delivering desperately needed food to thousands of people fleeing violent clashes, many of whom are trapped in neighbourhoods in southern Kyrgyzstan’s main city Osh.

18 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on How Cash and Food for Work Are Helping Haiti Recover

This week Haitians in Jacmel who have been clearing rubble, installing drainage and making other community improvements are receiving cash and food wages as part of WFP’s new food and cash for work programmes.  For most people these are the first wages they’ve earned since the earthquake struck on January 12. 

Responding to Emergencies
15 June 2010

WFP Mobilizes to Meet Emergency Needs in Kyrgyzstan Clashes

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an emergency operation to provide logistics and feed civilians caught in the humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan, while calling on all sides to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian supplies, particularly in the country’s second city, Osh.

A Billion for a Billion
8 June 2010

WFP Hunger Ambassador Kaka Says Fighting Hunger is a Team Effort

ROME – As the World Cup approaches, Brazilian football star, and former FIFA World Player of the Year, Kaka , is kicking off a coaching campaign for the World Food Programme, aimed at teaching young people the importance of fighting hunger and the best tactics to help the one billion people on earth who don’t have enough to eat each day.

ED - J.Sheeran
8 June 2010

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran Welcomes Largest Single Contribution From the European Commission Towards Food Assistance in Sudan

Today we have had the great pleasure of welcoming the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, on her first visit to the World Food Programme (WFP) headquarters in Rome.

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.


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