News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

24 September 2018

World Food Programme video shows desperate plight of migrants leaving Venezuela

BOGOTÁ/NEW YORK – As world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly they will discuss the thousands of people continuing to leave Venezuela in what has become a regional migrant crisis. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) will later today distribute recently-shot video from Colombia, filmed in Cúcuta and surrounding areas, showing migrants on foot, crossing the river at the border, and eating at a WFP-supported community kitchen.

20 September 2018

Drones, biometrics, satellite imagery and more: UN agencies demonstrate how advances in technology are improving humanitarian aid

NEW YORK – When diplomats from around the world convene in New York for the annual General Assembly on 24 September, they will be greeted by a dramatic interactive exhibit of technological innovations in the humanitarian sector.

20 September 2018

Japan donates US$1.8 million as hunger remain high in South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$1.8 million (JP¥ 200,000,000) contribution from Japan to help bolster food and nutrition security in South Sudan, where millions of people do not know where their next meal is coming from. 

19 September 2018

Climate risk insurance: Germany supports new initiative

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed its first climate risk insurance policy with the Africa Union’s African Risk Capacity (ARC). The policy is called ARC Replica, a new type of cover offered by ARC which has been providing extreme weather insurance since 2014.

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.