News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

School Meals
1 March 2018

WFP calls for more investment in school meals by West African governments

DAKAR – The United Nations World Food Programme today urged governments in West Africa to invest more money in school meal programmes so these can act as a catalyst for improved economic and social welfare communities across the region. The call was made on African Day of School Feeding which is being celebrated for the third year in a row. 

School Meals
1 March 2018

Third Africa Day of School Feeding Celebrated In Harare, Zimbabwe

HARARE –The third edition of the African Day of School Feeding was officially opened today by Honorable CDE K.C.D. Mohadi Vice-President of Zimbabwe and celebrated under the patronage of the Zimbabwean government. This year’s theme is ‘Realizing the African Child’s Full Potential through Effective Home-Grown School Feeding.’

Contributions to WFP
28 February 2018

From recipient to donor: Republic of Korea makes its largest ever contribution to WFP

ROME – Continuing its impressive progression from one-time recipient to major donor, the Government of the Republic of Korea today made a historic KRW 46 billion (US$42.5 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), its largest contribution to date. WFP will use the funds to purchase 50,000 metric tons of Korean rice and provide life-saving food assistance in Syria, Yemen, Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

27 February 2018

WFP supports people with disabilities through school meals in LAO PDR

VIENTIANE – Children with disabilities will be receiving nutritious meals at school thanks to a new partnership in Lao PDR between the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Vientiane Special School for children with hearing and visual impairments.

26 February 2018

USA supports WFP’s longer-term efforts for the most vulnerable populations in Niger

Niamey – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Food for Peace Office just announced a generous 37 million USD in-kind donation to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger. 

26 February 2018

Nearly two-thirds of the population in South Sudan at risk of rising hunger

Sustained assistance and access critical to prevent hunger reaching its highest level ever. 

23 February 2018

WFP supports Emergency Preparadness and Response in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has completed a week of training for the Information Management and Analytical Centre (IMAC) staff of Tajikistan’s Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defence. 

22 February 2018

WFP provides emergency food assistance to families stranded in the Libyan desert

TUNIS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided vital food assistance to nearly 3,000 displaced people stranded in the harsh Libyan desert as they struggle to return to their hometown of Tawargha, in Western Libya.

19 February 2018

Sweden provides critical assistance for WFP resilience operations in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a multiyear contribution of US$10.5 million from the Government of Sweden to provide innovative solutions for building resilience of vulnerable populations in Ethiopia. 

Responding to Emergencies
16 February 2018

WFP Broadens Operation to Stem Severe Hunger In Democratic Republic Of Congo's Kasai Region

KINSHASA – In the face of escalating violence, daunting logistical challenges and insufficient funding, the United Nations World Food Programme is energizing two key elements of its emergency operation to prevent famine in war-ravaged Kasai: cash distributions to the most vulnerable and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.


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