Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
BEIRUT – The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the nationwide availability of a smartphone application that uses geo-location services to identify the closest and best food deals in Lebanon. Dalili - ‘my guide’ in Arabic - collates prices and promotions of hundreds of staple food items in WFP-contracted shops across the country.
ABUJA - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint effort to support conflict-affected people in northeastern Nigeria to increase their food production and reduce dependence on food assistance. Using a ‘twin track’ approach, FAO is providing enough seed and fertilizer to produce up to eight months’ worth of food during the 2018 rainy season, while WFP covers the food needs of households until these crucial harvests in September.
BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has made a contribution of US$600,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic so they can play a greater role in entrepreneurship and farming.
ROME - Grammy Award-winning singer Laura Pausini will be appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Rome-based agency that works in over 80 countries around the world, providing food assistance to people affected by conflicts and natural disasters.
KATHMANDU – Nepal ranks among the top ten most disaster-prone countries in the world, both in terms of mortality, costs and frequency of events, according to the 2014-2015 Annual Disaster Statistical Reviews.
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a process that seeks to improve food security and nutrition across Tajikistan as part of a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The plan will support Tajikistan’s efforts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2024.
KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the United States of America in support of Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. This contribution restores full food rations to these refugees and brings the total food and nutrition assistance provided by USAID/Food for Peace in Rwanda to US$10 million this year.
BAMAKO – The economy of Mali is losing 265 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) – more than 4 percent of annual GDP – to the effects of child undernutrition, a multi-agency study has found. The Cost of Hunger in Mali (COHA), blames the losses on increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and, further down the line, reduced workforce productivity.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is delivering urgently-needed food across the Syria-Jordan border to assist thousands of Syrians displaced from their homes since the launch of a Syrian government offensive to regain opposition-held areas in the south of the country.