News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

ED - J.Sheeran
23 June 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On G20 Agriculture Ministerial Declaration

The World Food Programme (WFP) applauds the results of the G20 Agriculture Ministerial, and I want to thank President Sarkozy, Minister Le Maire and the French government for putting the pressing food and nutrition security needs of the most vulnerable high on their G20 agenda.

ED - J.Sheeran
9 March 2011

World Food Programme Executive Director Visits France For Talks On The Impact Of Food Price Volatility

PARIS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, is in Paris from March 9 to 10 for meetings with French government ministers to discuss collaboration on the G-20 priorities on food price volatility.

4 February 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On The Role Of Food In Civil Unrest Across The Middle East

The events unfolding across the Middle East these past few weeks serve as a warning to us all about the important role that food security plays in calming public anger and bolstering stability.

Responding to Emergencies
24 August 2010

WFP to Expand Kyrgyzstan Operations Before Winter Sets in

OSH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up its operations in Kyrgyzstan, taking into account rising food prices, a poor harvest, the onset of winter and the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ethnic violence that erupted in the south of the country in June.

Responding to Emergencies
19 August 2010

Niger & Sahel Backgrounder

OVERVIEW - With millions of people facing hunger in Niger caused by a combination of drought, poor harvests and high food prices, WFP is scaling up to reach almost 8 million people with food assistance over the next 6 months.

17 November 2009

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on the World Food Summit and Feeding the Hungry Billion

As delegates at the World Summit on Food Security discuss urgent measures to counter the forward march of hunger, we must mobilise all world citizens – not just global leaders –to feed the more than one billion hungry people around the world.

5 November 2009

WFP Airdrops Food Into Southern Sudan To Feed Thousands Of People

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has commenced air drops of food assistance into Southern Sudan to feed 155,600 people cut off from road access during current rains in areas hit by conflict, high food prices and poor harvests because of drought.
Preventing Hunger
27 October 2009

WFP Launches Mobile Phone-Based Food Voucher Pilot for Iraqi Refugees in Syria

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched an electronic food voucher pilot project -- the first of its kind in the world to use mobile phone technology -- to aid 1,000 Iraqi refugee families ...
Food Security Analysis
14 October 2009

Economic Crisis Is Devastating For World's Hungry

The sharp spike in hunger triggered by the global economic crisis has hit the poorest people in developing countries hardest, revealing a fragile world food system in urgent need of reform, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

11 September 2009

Hunger Situation Desperate In Guatemala

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.


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