News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
21 August 2010

At Least 40 Helicopters Needed To Reach Communities Stranded By Pakistan Floods

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today estimates that it requires at least 40 additional heavy-lift helicopters in Pakistan to reach the huge number of people cut off from land assistance by the recent floods with desperately needed emergency food and other humanitarian supplies.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2010

Niger & Sahel Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - With millions of people facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests and high food prices, WFP is scaling up to reach almost 8 million people with food assistance over the next 6 months.

Food For Assets
17 August 2010

WFP Expands Cash-For-Work Programme in Iraq

Baghdad – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is targeting unemployment in some of the areas most affected by violence and insecurity in Iraq through expanding its cash-for-work programme to reach more than 11,000 vulnerable people and help them meet their daily food needs.

11 August 2010

WFP Emergency Operation Enters New Phase In Drought-Stricken Niger

NIAMEY – The World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a major round of feeding in Niger for 670,000 young children and their families as part of an emergency operation to reach as many as 8 million food-insecure people in the drought-stricken West African country.

Food Security Analysis
10 August 2010

Zimbabwe Food Security Improves, But 1.68 Million People Still Need Food Assistance

ROME – Although food security in Zimbabwe improved significantly following government efforts and a US$70 million international assistance programme providing farmers with subsidized inputs, the country still needs agricultural and food assistance next year for some 1.68 million people.

Responding to Emergencies
5 August 2010

WFP Launches Helicopter Relief Operation to Feed More Pakistan Flood Victims

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has today launched a major airlift, using helicopters to boost its ongoing relief operation and bring desperately needed food to people cut off by the devastating floods in northern Pakistan.

Responding to Emergencies
3 August 2010

WFP News Update: Pakistan/Afghanistan Floods

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up emergency relief to victims of catastrophic flooding in Pakistan, prioritizing the worst-affected areas of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, as it continues to identify stricken communities across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province.

Responding to Emergencies
1 August 2010

WFP Begins First Food Distributions To Pakistan Flood Victims; Food Supplies Hit

ISLAMABAD – The World Food Programme has today started food distributions to 35,000 families hit by catastrophic flooding in Northwestern Pakistan, which has also affected parts of neighbouring Afghanistan.

Purchase for Progress
29 July 2010

WFP Executive Director sees revolution in fighting hunger by Africa helping itself

KIGALI – People in many African countries can recover from conflict faster and even have their lives transformed through a revolution in the fight against hunger including greater opportunities to harness the power of markets, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today.

Focus on Women
27 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at African Union Summit in Kampala

Many leaders at the African Union summit in Uganda are leading the way in bringing new energy and commitment to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And the African Union has declared its intent to build an Africa that ends hunger and empowers the continent to both feed itself, and ultimately to help feed the world.


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