News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 April 2018

Belgium throws support behind WFP's life-changing innovations

ROME – In a sign of growing confidence in technology’s potential to transform humanitarian assistance, Belgium is contributing €2 million worth of funding to promote innovative projects by the World Food Programme (WFP). The money will allow the UN agency to scale up research and trials into the use of drone and blockchain solutions to fight hunger around the world.

12 April 2018

WFP gathers responders to hatch local solutions to emergency logistics in North Pacific

MAJURO – More than forty emergency response experts come together today in Majuro, to identify locally-led solutions to overcome logistics challenges that can hinder disaster response in the North Pacific region. Efficient logistics can make or break a humanitarian response, and the event aims to ensure that when the next emergency strikes, affected islanders can respond quickly and effectively. 

12 April 2018

Setsan and WFP present a study to help reduce malnutrition in Mozambique

MAPUTO – Mozambique loses more than 10.9% of its annual GDP due to chronic malnutrition, equivalent to a yearly loss of 62 billion MZN (1.6 billion USD), according to a recent study “The Cost of Hunger in Africa” (2017). To help overcome this reality, the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today presented the findings of an analysis that also provides recommendations to help curb malnutrition in Mozambique. 

11 April 2018

Recipe for Disaster: The United Nations World Food Programme launches a global challenge to reduce food waste

LONDON -  Open your fridge, grab the ingredients closest to their use-by date and create a recipe from food that would otherwise go to waste. This is the challenge set by The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and creative agency Anomaly. 

Contributions to WFP
4 April 2018

Flexible donors power WFP with US$180 million to address crises, build resilience

ROME – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, a group of government partners are stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexible funding to meet acute humanitarian needs in sudden onset emergencies and neglected or protracted crises.  

Responding to Emergencies
2 April 2018

WFP scales up response in Yemen to prevent famine

SANA'A - Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. 

2 April 2018

WFP airlifts life-saving relief to people affected by Papua New Guinea Earthquake

DUBAI – The World Food Programme (WFP) today airlifted life-saving, nutrient-dense biscuits from its UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai to Papua New Guinea. With a cargo of more than 80 metric tons of the nutritious high energy biscuits, the plane carried enough food to feed approximately 60,000 earthquake-affected people.

1 April 2018

WFP assessing damage at Hodeidah warehouse, Yemen

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to establish the cause of a fire that destroyed a warehouse storing food in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah in the early hours of Saturday morning. 



29 March 2018

EU support helps WFP reach over one million vulnerable people in Sudan

KHARTOUM – In Sudan, displacement and drought continues to exacerbate food insecurity for over three million people. In addressing these challenges, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to have received generous support from the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department for WFP’s life-saving operations in the country last year.

29 March 2018

Government of Japan and WFP working together to rebuild Iraq

BAGHDAD – As Iraq emerges from four years of conflict and unrest, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the Government of Japan in support of recovery efforts. A portion of this contribution will also support Syrian refugees sheltering in Iraq.


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