News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Purchase for Progress
2 April 2015

WFP Hands Over Five Warehouses To Ethiopian Cooperative Unions

BUTAJIRA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has handed over five pre-fabricated warehouses to cooperative unions in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region, one of Ethiopia’s largest grain-producing areas, as part of WFP’s Purchase for Progress initiative (P4P).

Focus on Women
7 March 2014

Empowering Women Will End Hunger: Celebrating Women’s Role In Meeting The Zero Hunger Challenge

ROME – Every year, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides more than eleven million schoolgirls with food to help keep them in education and around three million vulnerable women with special nutritional support. This year, on International Women’s Day (March 8), WFP is celebrating how empowering women can boost global efforts to end hunger.

Cash and Vouchers
18 June 2013

WFP Executive Director Attends Israeli Conference, Visits Innovative Food Assistance Programme In Palestine

JERUSALEM – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will be in Israel and the State of Palestine this week to attend a conference and visit WFP operations.

Purchase for Progress
17 April 2013

WFP Increases Purchases From Smallholder Farmers In Ghana

ACCRA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has bought maize worth US$300,000 (GH¢580,000) from smallholder farmers in Ghana’s Ejura Sekyedumasi district.  This represents WFP’s first Delivery at Place order in the country, which requires farmers themselves to transport food to the end destinations.

Hunger in the news
10 February 2011

WFP To Expand Food Assistance To Vulnerable Egyptians

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it is continuing to provide food assistance to vulnerable Egyptian families and is making plans to expand its existing food-for-education and food-for-work programmes to include more people affected by the economic slowdown under the current political crisis.

26 January 2011

WFP National Ambassador Against Hunger KC Concepcion Reflects On Africa Visit

MANILA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – Philippines’ National Ambassador Against Hunger, Kristina Cassandra “KC” Concepcion, embarked on her first field mission outside the country last week when she visited WFP operations in Uganda’s impoverished Karamoja region, as well as in the grain basket district of Kapchorwa in the east of the country.

Purchase for Progress
30 November 2010

WFP Hails Mozambique As Crucible Of Innovative Hunger Solution

MAPUTO – Mozambique was today hailed for its pioneering role in supporting the UN World Food Programme’s innovative Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative that helps connect small scale farmers to markets as well as improving the quality and supply of their products.

Purchase for Progress
24 September 2010

Statement By WFP Executive Director On Purchase For Progress And Millennium Development Goals

NEW YORK -- Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, particularly the most urgent one – to reduce the proportion of hungry people in the world by half by 2015 – requires not just shared vision and commitment but shared action on the ground.  Today the solutions to ending hunger and poverty often involve a whole range of players working together in innovative ways.

Focus on Women
27 July 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran at African Union Summit in Kampala

Many leaders at the African Union summit in Uganda are leading the way in bringing new energy and commitment to tackling hunger and malnutrition. And the African Union has declared its intent to build an Africa that ends hunger and empowers the continent to both feed itself, and ultimately to help feed the world.

Hunger in the news
24 June 2010

WFP Boosts Sales of Food Produced by Smallholder Farmers in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today officially launched the Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative in Ethiopia. Through the project financed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WFP plans to support almost 70,000 smallholder farmers by purchasing some 126,000 metric tons of food over the next five years.


Fighting Hunger Worldwide