News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

12 February 2016

El Niño Set To Have A Devastating Impact On Southern Africa’s Harvests And Food Security

Joint Statement by WFP, FEWS NET, EC-JRC and FAO*

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

20 January 2016

WFP Boosts Food Security By Connecting Smallholder Farmers To Global Markets

DAVOS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced an important agreement which is the next step towards unlocking opportunities for smallholder farmers in the developing world.

18 January 2016

Growing Concern About El Nino’s Impact On Southern Africa As Planting Window Closes

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.

13 January 2016

Visit To Zambia By Executive Director Of The UN World Food Programme

LUSAKA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will make an official visit to Zambia this week, arriving in the capital, Lusaka, on Thursday 14 January and leaving on Sunday 17 January.

Climate Change
23 September 2014

Innovative Climate-Risk Solution Expands To Insure Farmers In Malawi And Zambia

NEW YORK/GENEVA – Vulnerable rural households in Malawi and Zambia will soon be able to better protect their crops and livelihoods against climate variability thanks to the expansion of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4).

31 October 2011

Africa Food & Nutrition Security Day Emphasizes Need For Stronger Food Systems To Reduce Hunger

The World Food Programme (WFP) is celebrating Africa Food and Nutrition Security Day by highlighting the importance of regional markets and local produce in increasing access to food at both national and household levels.

Cash and Vouchers
18 October 2011

Assessing Mobile Banking Services And Opportunities For Rural Zambians

The World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are conducting a joint assessment of mobile banking services and products for migrant agricultural workers in Zambia.  It is expected that better management of household finances will contribute towards increasing household food security and help reduce risk and vulnerability to HIV.

18 October 2011

Food Assistance Builds Bridge Between Hunger And Hope As Millions Mark World Food Day

The World Food Programme (WFP) today marks World Food Day by highlighting the vital role that food assistance plays during humanitarian crises, supporting recovery in the immediate aftermath of disasters, and building the resilience that is necessary to ensure food security.

29 October 2007

A passion for ending hunger: Howard G. Buffett becomes WFP ambassador against hunger

Philanthropist and environmentalist Howard G. Buffett will be appointed today as the UN World Food Programme’s newest Ambassador Against Hunger.
16 October 2007

FAO insists on food as a human right: World Food Day theme seeks renewed commitment to the Right to Food

FAO has called for a renewed commitment to guarantee the right to food for the world's hundreds of millions of hungry people.


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