News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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

22 August 2018

Content package marking one year since start of Rohingya refugee crisis

ROME – It was on 25 August a year ago that the huge exodus from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees began. There are now nearly a million Rohingyas living in camps in and around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh - the largest concentration of refugees in the world. For their survival, they are totally reliant on humanitarian organisations including the World Food Programme (WFP), and on the government and people of Bangladesh.

20 August 2018

The Republic of Korea continues to support refugees in Iran with multi-year contribution

TEHRAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new US$2.2 million multi-year contribution from the Republic of Korea to support 30,000 of the most vulnerable Afghan refugees living in settlements in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

17 August 2018

As millions experience increased food insecurity in the Sahel, UN Food Agency Chiefs pledge to redouble efforts to reduce poverty and hunger

In visit to Niger, FAO, IFAD and WFP chiefs stress need to build people's resilience to shocks.

17 August 2018

Heads of WFP and UNICEF in Ethiopia visit Somali region after days of civil unrest

ADDIS ABABA – The heads of the United Nations World Food Programme and UNICEF in Ethiopia have made a joint visit to Somali Region of Ethiopia to see firsthand how people affected by recent violence and civil unrest are being assisted. 



15 August 2018

WFP provides food for families driven from their homes by violent disturbances in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing food to tens of thousands of people seeking temporary shelter following violent protests in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

14 August 2018

WFP distributes 7,000 fuel-efficient stoves to improve the lives of displaced women in Banki

Abuja / Maiduguri, Nigeria. The World Food Programme (WFP), together with its partner INTERSOS, has distributed fuel-efficient stoves to 7,340 displaced families receiving WFP food assistance in the town of Banki, in Nigeria’s Borno state. The stoves distribution is an effort to improve people’s quality of life and reduce the protection risks faced by women and girls in particular, when they have to gather firewood from unsafe areas.