News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

14 August 2018

EU helps WFP sustain food lifeline in Gaza as hardships mount

JERUSALEM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Palestine welcomed a contribution of €2.95 million (US$3.6 million) from the European Union to support critical food assistance to severely vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. 

10 August 2018

UN Food Agencies’ chiefs in Niger to support the Sahel’s efforts to fight hunger

Focus includes tackling poverty, building resilience to shocks and addressing migration 15-18 August 2018.

10 August 2018

WFP celebrated breastfeeding week in Tajikistan

KULOB – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week to highlight the importance of breastfeeding as key to children’s survival, nutrition and early development.

7 August 2018

World Food Programme Executive Director calls for peace and stability in Sudan

KHARTOUM – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today concluded a three-day visit to Sudan, his first to the country since he assumed leadership of the UN food agency in April 2017.

7 August 2018

UNICEF and WFP harness technology to strengthen food and hygiene distribution for Rohingyas

Cox’s Bazar. UNICEF has partnered with WFP to use the food agency’s SCOPE digital assistance system to distribute soap supplies to up to 50,000 refugees in Rohingya Refugee camps, strengthening hygiene practices and helping prevent disease outbreaks. The pilot was launched in Balukhali Refugee camp on 1 August 2018.

6 August 2018

Kuwait provides significant support to WFP's fight against famine in Yemen

KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new donation of US$50 million from the State of Kuwait for emergency food assistance in Yemen. The funds will be used to reach more than 2.5 million people over two months with wheat flour and oil through both direct distributions and WFP food assistance cards at retail outlets.

31 July 2018

WFP response for drought-hit Afghanistan gets £10 million boost from UK

Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of £10 million (US$13.1 million) from the Government of the United Kingdom to provide vital food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is currently facing a severe drought that has affected 20 out of the country’s 34 provinces. UK funding will ensure that immediate food assistance reaches families in need in five of the worst-hit provinces.
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31 July 2018

Flexible funding from Belgium powers WFP to address food crises and build resilience

BRUSSELS – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, the Government of Belgium is stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexibility in deciding how the funds it provides are spent. 

26 July 2018

World Food Programme’s video from frontlines of war in Yemen shows growing hunger and desperation

ROME – A WFP communications team is on the ground in Yemen, visiting both government- and rebel-controlled parts of the war-torn country. We are there, shooting video and interviewing people on the front lines of the conflict which has caused what many regard as the worst humanitarian situation in the world today. 

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23 July 2018

WFP receives Korean rice for refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday 21 July welcomed an historic donation of 33,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea. This donation will enable WFP to provide food assistance to more than 1.5 million people, mostly refugees, living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.