News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 September 2018

Statement from David Beasley, WFP Executive Director: WFP Chief urges all sides in Yemen to end conflict and support peace

ROME – Yemen has witnessed ferocious armed clashes, and a sharp deterioration of the security situation in Hodeidah and other cities across Yemen in recent days. Conflict, widespread economic hardship and currency devaluations are similarly affecting millions of innocent Yemenis and the public are protesting over soaring food prices.

18 September 2018

UN Women and WFP harness innovation for women’s economic empowerment in crisis situations

NEW YORK/ROME —UN Women and the World Food Programme (WFP) are breaking new ground by using blockchain to assist Syrian refugee women participating in UN Women’s cash for work programmes at the Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps in Jordan.

17 September 2018

Germany helps WFP to build resilient communities in South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an €11 million (US$ 12.7 million) contribution from Germany to help build community resilience in South Sudan, where 6 million people are unable to meet their food needs in a fifth straight year of conflict. 

11 September 2018

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

821 million people now hungry and over 150 million children stunted, putting hunger eradication goal at risk.

6 September 2018

Breakthrough as humanitarian convoy reaches insecure areas in Wau, South Sudan

JUBA – An inter-agency humanitarian convoy has reached Baggari region in South Sudan for the first time since it was cut off in June because of renewed fighting.   

5 September 2018

UN to launch new progress report on achieving Zero Hunger

FAO headquarters, 11 September 2018, 11:00 CEST. [TIME HAS CHANGED TO 11:00 AND NO LONGER 11:30 CEST]

Snapshot on global hunger and malnutrition, and analysis of their main drivers.

31 August 2018

Truck carrying WFP food hit in Yemen's Hodeidah Governorate

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gravely concerned about an incident on 29 August involving a truck under contract to WFP that came under shelling while delivering life-saving food assistance in the war-torn district of Al Tuhayta in Yemen’s southern Hodeidah governorate.

30 August 2018

WFP launches emergency food aid to Ebola victims in Democratic Republic of Congo

GOMA – In partnership with the international relief agency, Caritas, WFP has started distributing food to patients and other people directly affected by the outbreak of Ebola virus in the North Kivu province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

29 August 2018

Japan helps WFP provide vital assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

BEIRUT – The World Food Programme (WFP) in Lebanon has received a US$1.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan, enough to provide food assistance for 3,200 Syrian refugee families for three months.

24 August 2018

FAO and WFP concerned about the impact of drought on the most vulnerable in Central America

Drought has led to the loss of some 280,000 hectares of beans and maize in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, affecting the food security of more than 2 million people


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