News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

24 January 2018

WFP Statement on new actions to combat sexual harassment

In an email to staff, WFP Executive Director David Beasley today announced changes to the organisation’s policy on harassment, sexual harassment and abuse of authority. The entire email follows:

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21 January 2018

Her Royal Highness, Princess Haya, Launches New Fund To Support Immediate Response To Global Emergency

DUBAI Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, a stalwart supporter of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UN Messenger of Peace, has contributed to the launch of a special fund to allow the rapid purchase and transportation of high energy biscuits in response to sudden onset emergencies.  The highly fortified biscuits provide people caught in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters, or conflict, with an immediate source of nutritious food that is packed with energy.   

17 January 2018

Democratic Republic of Congo: UN Agencies in Urgent Bid to Prevent Famine in Kasai

KINSHASA – In a stark warning, three UN agencies – the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF and the World Food Programme (WFP) – say time is running out to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

17 January 2018

#FoodforThought: Cheil KSA And WFP Team Up To Raise Awareness About Hunger In The Middle East

JEDDAH – The award-winning marketing solutions agency Cheil KSA launched today a social media campaign in the Middle East to support the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in building a world with zero hunger.

15 January 2018

Four USAID-Funded Mobile Cranes Arrive At Yemen's Largest Red Sea Port

SANA’A – A ship carrying four mobile cranes purchased by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived in Yemen’s Hodeidah Port to allow faster delivery of relief items for Yemeni families in the grips of the world’s biggest hunger crisis.

11 January 2018

Food Rations For Refugees In Rwanda Are Reduced Amidst Funding Shortfalls

KIGALI - The World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) appealed today to donors to contribute funds so that a 25 percent reduction from January onwards in food or cash assistance for more than 100,000 refugees in Rwanda can be reversed as soon as possible.
8 January 2018

European Commission Provides Vital Support To WFP Humanitarian Effort In Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA –  In 2017, famine was averted in Northeast Nigeria. Through its civil protection and humanitarian arm, ECHO, the European Commission contributed significantly to this achievement by contributing a total of €20.3 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Of this sum, more than a third – €7.3 million – directly allowed the UN agency to save lives threatened by hunger.

5 January 2018

New Rohingya Arrivals In Bangladesh At Risk From Poor Diets

COX’S BAZAR – A new study shows that although more than 90 percent of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar have received emergency food assistance, a major concern is limited access to a well-diversified and balanced diet.

30 December 2017

WHO, WFP and UNICEF: Yemen’s families cannot withstand another day of war, let alone another 1,000

WHO, WFP and UNICEF appeal for humanitarian access and an end to conflict, as 75 per cent of population now in need of urgent assistance.

28 December 2017

Donor Support Underpins WFP’s Assistance To Malian Refugees In Mauritania

NOUAKCHOTT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes contributions from Canada, the European Union (ECHO), Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States Food for Peace (USAID/FFP), which have sustained assistance to refugees in Mauritania in 2017. The US$11.7 million in funding has allowed the agency to provide uninterrupted support to some 52,000 Malian refugees in Mbera camp.


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