News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

13 December 2017

Japan Supports Orphans And Vulnerable Children In Swaziland

MBABANE - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a donation of rice valued at US$1.8 million from the Government of Japan to support some 52,000 children in Swaziland for a period of one year.
15 June 2017

WFP Ends Emergency Operation That Helped Many Cope With Severe Drought In Swaziland

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.

16 May 2017

United States Provides Crucial Support For People Living With HIV/AIDS In Southern Africa

Johannesburg – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$13.4 million contribution from the United States government to support people living with HIV, AIDS and TB in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
Contributions to WFP
12 August 2016

Japan Contributes US$5 Million To Help WFP Emergency Operations In Southern Africa

JOHANNESBURG - The Government of Japan has announced a donation of US$5 million towards the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) emergency operations in southern Africa, where hundreds of thousands of people are currently facing food shortages due to drought, resulting in significant increases in acute food insecurity and malnutrition.

7 July 2016

WFP Supports The Government Of Swaziland With Emergency Food In Drought-Hit Areas

MBABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started relief distributions of food assistance in Swaziland in response to rising hunger due to the worst drought in the region in more than two decades.
Fight Against HIV/AIDS
1 December 2014

WFP Food Assistance Supports Successful Treatment Of People Living With HIV

Statement by WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin on World AIDS Day

ROME – We believe that food is life, and this World AIDS Day (1 December) the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating the work we do with our partners around the world to bring food assistance to more than 1.3 million people living with and affected by HIV and tuberculosis in 31 countries.

4 April 2014

Cost of Hunger in Africa Study: A Regional Look at the Price of child undernutrition in Africa

Abuja, 28 March: The first report of the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study that unveils the crushing impact of child undernutrition on the economies of four African countries was launched today in Abuja, Nigeria during a high level event organized on the sidelines of the Seventh Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.

18 July 2013

Hunger Costs Swaziland SZL 783 Million Per Year

MBABANE - Swaziland loses some SZL 783 million (US$92 million) annually - as much as 3.1 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - due to the effects of undernutrition. This is the alarming conclusion of a new study entitled The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA), released in Swaziland today.

For Companies
31 May 2013

Don’t Just Burn Calories, Donate Them! Zumba Fitness Teams Up With WFP To Fight Hunger Through Exercise

MBABANE, SWAZILAND – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is joining forces with Zumba Fitness—the world’s largest dance-fitness company – to hold a Zumba Fitness Party in the capital today. The event will celebrate “The Great Calorie Drive,” a campaign created by Zumba Fitness that supports WFP’s efforts to fight hunger in Swaziland and Nicaragua.

Hunger in the news
21 December 2012

Good News For Swaziland’s Orphans And Needy Children At Year’s End

MBABANE –As the festive season approaches, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will be celebrating - along with 97,000 orphans and 33,000 other vulnerable children - with the resumption of food distributions to 1,600 Swaziland neighbourhood care points. The service was disrupted earlier this year due to lack of funding.


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