News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

School Meals
26 March 2018

Promoting nutrition and education in Laos through home grown school meals programme

VIENTIANE – This week, Jocelyn Brown, a Deputy Administrator from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), whose office administers USDA international assistance programs, will visit Luang Namtha province, where two USDA projects are currently supporting local schools and farmers.  The projects, both funded by USDA’s McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program and the Local and Regional Procurement program, are being implemented together by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). 

Contributions to WFP
22 March 2018

Japan provides WFP with US$2.5 million to fight malnutrition in Chad's Sahel

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up nutrition support for 65,000 people in Chad’s fragile Sahel region, thanks to a US$2.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan. 

22 March 2018

Food crises continue to strike, and acute hunger intensifies

124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity, warns a new report.

16 March 2018

WFP needs urgent support to provide food assistance to Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh

COX’s BAZAR – With monsoon rains on their way, the World Food Programme (WFP) urgently needs more funding to continue providing food assistance Rohingya refugees and local Bangladeshis living in the Cox’s Bazar area close to the border with Myanmar. 


16 March 2018

Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: An appeal for US$ 951 million to assist 1.3 million people

Cox’s Bazar, 16 March, 2018: The Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis is being launched this afternoon at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva by Mr. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR; Mr. William Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM and Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh. 

14 March 2018

​World Bank and WFP map joint strategy for tackling humanitarian and development challenges

WASHINGTON – The leaders of the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have laid out an ambitious new plan to work together in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger.

14 March 2018

Seven years on, Syria still suffers

DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost. 

Contributions to WFP
14 March 2018

Japan's US$72 million contribution helps WFP meet urgent hunger needs in 23 countries

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the announcement of a US$72.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous infusion of funding will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 23 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

14 March 2018

Disaster Risk Reduction can protect smallholder farmers, experts say

LAHORE – A new report launched today shows that with adequate investments in disaster risk reduction, small-holder farmers in Punjab could better withstand climate-related shocks. Calling for increased investments in this area, the report advocates for the Rural Resilience-building approach (R4), pioneered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and OXFAM.

13 March 2018

China provides WFP with US$6 million for refugees, people hit by drought in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a contribution of US$6 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to assist refugees and people suffering because of drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.


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