News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

WFP Ambassadors
14 May 2010

New WFP Ambassador Christina Aguilera Visits Haiti and Urges World to Help

PORT AU PRINCE - Christina Aguilera went straight to work in her new role as Ambassador Against Hunger of the World Food Programme (WFP), by visiting Haiti earlier this week.

13 May 2010

WFP Executive Director Announces Scale-up of Cash and Food for Work Projects for Haiti Recovery

PORT AU PRINCE –The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, today announced a scale-up of cash and food for work activities, school meals and nutrition programmes to support the Haitian people in building a better, stronger Haiti.

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.

WFP Ambassadors
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”.  


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