News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Contributions to WFP
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. 

WFP Ambassadors
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. 

5 July 2018

UK funding boosts emergency preparedness efforts in quake-prone Nepal

KATHMANDU – Nepal ranks among the top ten most disaster-prone countries in the world, both in terms of mortality, costs and frequency of events, according to the 2014-2015 Annual Disaster Statistical Reviews. 

5 July 2018

WFP is paving the way to a new strategic plan to fight hunger in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a process that seeks to improve food security and nutrition across Tajikistan as part of a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The plan will support Tajikistan’s efforts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2024.

4 July 2018

Japan secures food assistance for Gaza's families

RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of JPY 400 million (just under US$4 million) from the Government of Japan to support some of the most vulnerable Palestinians living in Gaza.

3 July 2018

WFP welcomes vital US$6.5 million USAID contribution, which restores full rations to refugees in Rwanda

KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the United States of America in support of Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. This contribution restores full food rations to these refugees and brings the total food and nutrition assistance provided by USAID/Food for Peace in Rwanda to US$10 million this year. 

3 July 2018

Mali joins call for increased efforts to end the plight of child malnutrition

BAMAKO – The economy of Mali is losing 265 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) – more than 4 percent of annual GDP – to the effects of child undernutrition, a multi-agency study has found. The Cost of Hunger in Mali (COHA), blames the losses on increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and, further down the line, reduced workforce productivity. 

Responding to Emergencies
26 June 2018

WFP responds to the emergency in southern Syria with cross-border food deliveries for displaced families

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is delivering urgently-needed food across the Syria-Jordan border to assist thousands of Syrians displaced from their homes since the launch of a Syrian government offensive to regain opposition-held areas in the south of the country.

21 June 2018

Pacific regional food security atlas launched to reach the most vulnerable

NADI, FIJI – Representatives from across the North and South Pacific gathered on Monday to witness the launch of the first-ever Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas on the opening day of the Pacific Seed Forum in Nadi, Fiji.

18 June 2018

Spain takes over from Italy Chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD

ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government. Also promoted by the Government of Panama, the event was the opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of UNHRD, which was first established in Brindisi, Italy in June 2000.