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21 February 2017

Joint Statement On Famine In South Sudan

Life-saving support urgently needed in Greater Unity Region

21 February 2017

Somalia: Persistent Drought Leads To Major Food Security Crisis

A failed 2016 rainy season linked to the climate phenomenon La Niña, combined with exceptionally warm sea surface temperatures in the western Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans, have led to extreme drought in the Horn of Africa and a more intense drought than that of 2010 in Somalia. These extreme weather conditions, combined with factors including high food prices, trade disruption, population displacement and insecurity, are likely to have a very severe impact on the food security of millions of people in the coming months. This expected food crisis could be exacerbated by a forecast poor rainfall season in 2017.

20 February 2017

EU Supports WFP Food Assistance And Air Operations In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed two generous contributions totalling €8 million from European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), enabling WFP to provide food assistance to refugees, nutritional support to mothers and children and continue operation of the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in Sudan.

20 February 2017

Severe Food Shortages Hit Africa’s Refugees Hard – UNHCR And WFP Warn

ROME - The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, are very concerned that critical shortages in food assistance are affecting some 2 million refugees in 10 countries across Africa.

Responding to Emergencies
20 February 2017

Famine Hits Parts Of South Sudan


UN agencies warn that almost 5 million people urgently need food, agriculture and nutrition assistance

17 February 2017

World Must Act Now To Save Lives in Somalia, U.N. Agencies Warn

MOGADISHU – As a devastating drought grips Somalia, UNICEF and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are warning that only a massive and immediate scale-up of humanitarian assistance can help the country avoid falling into another catastrophe.

Contributions to WFP
15 February 2017

European Union Supports WFP Nutrition And Food Security Project In Central Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of €9.5 million from the European Union (EU) in support of a €24.5 million Food Security and Nutrition Project in central Tanzania.

Responding to Emergencies
15 February 2017

WFP Extends Food Assistance In Eastern Ukraine Throughout 2017

KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will continue to support 220,000 food-insecure people in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine throughout 2017, while gradually supporting efforts for early recovery. 

14 February 2017

Sri Lanka Government Prioritises Achieving Zero Hunger And Zero Undernutrition

COLOMBO  –  Concluding a three-day mission to Sri Lanka, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, joined government, civil society, the private sector, academia and the UN community in the launch of the National Strategic Review on Food Security and Nutrition – Towards Zero Hunger. Cousin praised the efforts of the Government to place food and nutrition security at the core of the country’s development agenda. 

Contributions to WFP
14 February 2017

Belgian Contribution To WFP Supports People Affected By Hunger In South Sudan

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to the Government of Belgium for contributing €3 million for WFP to provide emergency food and nutrition assistance to communities facing food shortages in South Sudan.

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