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18 July 2018

WFP meets with Benghazi Mayor as it expands its support to conflict-hit Libya

TUNIS – Representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have met the Mayor of Benghazi AbdelRahman el-Abbar, to discuss how best WFP and the United Nations can provide support to the country.

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18 July 2018

New contribution from Australia to increase WFP food assistance to drought affected people in Afghanistan

Kabul – The World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a new contribution of AUD 5 million from the Government of Australia to provide food assistance for people affected by drought in Afghanistan. This brings Australia’s total contribution to WFP’s operations in Afghanistan to AUD15 million in 2018. 

18 July 2018

WFP supports the Tajik government in emergency preparedness and response

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a ceremony to mark the handover of technical equipment to strengthen the government’s capacity to monitor disaster-prone areas and create situational maps to improve search and rescue operations during emergencies. 

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16 July 2018

Saudi Arabia triples yearly contribution of dates for refugees living in camps in Algeria

ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a contribution of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia worth US$1.5 million to support refugees residing in camps in Algeria.

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16 July 2018

UK boosts WFP efforts to break the cycle of hunger in Malawi

Lilongwe – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes two generous contributions totalling £9.1 million (USD 12 million) from the United Kingdom government to support WFP operations in Malawi.

13 July 2018

Republic of Korea contributes rice to serve 420,000 refugees in Uganda

TORORO, UGANDA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of 5,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea. The contribution will enable WFP to meet the minimum food needs of 420,000 refugees in seven settlements in Uganda for the entire month of August. 

12 July 2018

New WFP app empowers shoppers and helps them get more for their money

BEIRUT – The World Food Programme (WFP) has announced the nationwide availability of a smartphone application that uses geo-location services to identify the closest and best food deals in Lebanon. Dalili - ‘my guide’ in Arabic - collates prices and promotions of hundreds of staple food items in WFP-contracted shops across the country.

12 July 2018

UN Food Agencies team up to secure livelihoods in Northeast Nigeria

ABUJA - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint effort to support conflict-affected people in northeastern Nigeria to increase their food production and reduce dependence on food assistance. Using a ‘twin track’ approach, FAO is providing enough seed and fertilizer to produce up to eight months’ worth of food during the 2018 rainy season, while WFP covers the food needs of households until these crucial harvests in September.

 

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12 July 2018

Japan steps up support to rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic

BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has made a contribution of US$600,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic so they can play a greater role in entrepreneurship and farming. 

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11 July 2018

Italian singer Laura Pausini named WFP Goodwill Ambassador

ROME - Grammy Award-winning singer Laura Pausini will be appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Rome-based agency that works in over 80 countries around the world, providing food assistance to people affected by conflicts and natural disasters.