News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 November 2018

WFP transitions out of food assistance programme to refugees from Bhutan

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will transition out of its food assistance program in Nepal to refugees from Bhutan starting in January 2019. The programme, spanning over 25 years, has helped thousands of refugees meet their daily nutritional needs since their arrival in Nepal in 1992. This transition follows a successful resettlement programme of the refugees to countries including the USA, Canada and Australia.

Responding to Emergencies
15 November 2018

World Food Programme Chief appeals for peace in Yemen as agency plans major scale-up of food aid

ROME – A heartfelt plea for an end to the fighting in Yemen has been issued by the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme as he concluded a three-day visit to the country which has become the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.  

7 November 2018

Inequality exacerbates hunger, malnutrition and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Obesity grows by 3.6 million people every year in the region, while hunger has increased in three countries since 2014, according to a new report from FAO, PAHO, UNICEF and WFP.

5 November 2018

WFP and Alibaba enter strategic partnership to support UN Sustainable Development Goal of a world with Zero Hunger

HANGZHOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Alibaba Group (Alibaba), the world’s largest e-commerce company by transaction value, have entered into a strategic partnership to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – a world with zero hunger. 

2 November 2018

UN agencies raise alarm over weakened fight against hunger and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific

World’s biggest region at serious risk of missing 2030 targets to end all forms of malnutrition—from hunger to obesity

1 November 2018

Kate Hudson named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme

ROME, ITALY - Golden Globe winning actress, author and entrepreneur Kate Hudson was today appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

31 October 2018

Denmark increases support for Rohingya refugees and host communities through WFP

DHAKA – The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, who has just concluded a joint visit to the refugee camps in Kutupalong-Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar, with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today announced extra funding of $US4.6 million (30 million DKK) to meet the urgent food needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities.

29 October 2018

OPM and UNHCR complete countrywide biometric refugee verification exercise

KAMPALA: The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have concluded the countrywide biometric verification exercise of all asylum-seekers and refugees in Uganda.

25 October 2018

Breakfast briefing with visiting Danish Minister and Head of UN World Food Programme

Dhaka – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Mr David Beasley, and the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, will visit Bangladesh next week for meetings with government partners and to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.

24 October 2018

World Food Programme chief pledges to continue support for displaced Syrians

BEIRUT/DAMASCUS/AMMAN – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has ended a three-day visit to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan where he saw WFP operations in the three countries and met with displaced Syrian families in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, Eastern Ghouta in Syria and Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.