News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

5 January 2010

WFP Statement on Situation in Southern Somalia

ROME -- Rising threats and attacks on humanitarian operations, as well as the imposition of a string of unacceptable demands from armed groups, have made it virtually impossible for the World Food Programme (WFP) to continue reaching up to one million people in need in southern Somalia.
28 December 2009

WFP Statement on Staff Fatality in Kandahar

KANDAHAR - The World Food Programme said it was deeply distressed to learn that one of its staff members was amongst the innocent victims of the suicide bombing in the southern city of Kandahar on Thursday 24 December.
School Meals
18 December 2009

Brazil Gives First Ever Donation to WFP in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE – The Government of Brazil has given the World Food Programme (WFP) in Tajikistan its first ever donation of US$ 50,000 designated for assistance to the victims of flooding, a WFP spokesperson said today. The ...
17 December 2009

Belgium Makes Record €26 Mln Contribution To Fight Hunger With WFP

BRUSSELS – The Government of Belgium has announced a new €10.6 million (US$ 15.9 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), capping a record year in which it donated a total of €26 million (US$ 37.6 million) to help fight hunger worldwide.
Preventing Hunger
17 December 2009

WFP and Iraqi Trade Ministry Form Partnership to Strengthen Food Distribution Capacity

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade (MOT), under which the two parties will work together to improve the supply chain management of the Public Distribution System (PDS), which provides a monthly food ration to millions of Iraqis.
Climate Change
16 December 2009

WFP Launches Safe Stoves Initiative to Protect Women And Save Fuel

COPENHAGEN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to women in Sudan and Uganda, to reduce the risk of violence they run while gathering firewood and at the same time protect the environment.
ED - J.Sheeran
10 December 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Luxembourg's Commitment to the Fight Against Hunger

Today, a record one billion people – mostly women and children – go to bed hungry. WFP's mission of reaching the hungry is more important than ever, and we continue to depend on the support of more than 100 nations to do our vital work.

Preventing Hunger
8 December 2009

ECHO Contribution Fights Malnutrition Among Women, Children in Northern Kenya

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today €7.5 million ($US11.3 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) would be used to address high levels of malnutrition among children, pregnant and nursing mothers in Kenya’s arid North.
Climate Change
7 December 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Using New Technology In Fight Against Hunger

As hunger reaches unprecedented levels, striking more than a billion people for the first time in history, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is deploying technology in new ways to help get food onto the plates of the hungry, while supporting local markets.

Students And Teachers
29 November 2009

WFP Lauds Students for Ideas on Tackling Hunger

NEW DELHI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today hosted hundreds of students who came to the Capital to receive awards from the Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, for writing essays about innovative strategies to fight hunger in India.


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