News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
25 May 2015

One Month After Nepal Earthquake, WFP Starts New High-Altitude Relief Operation

KATHMANDU – In the month since a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, nearly 2 million people have received food assistance from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and a new phase of the response is underway to reach people in high-altitude villages.

Responding to Emergencies
9 January 2015

Five Years After Major Quake, WFP And The Haitian People Are Building A Stronger Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Five years after a catastrophic earthquake killed 200,000 people, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Haiti are working to build a more resilient community to better withstand future disasters. 



Responding to Emergencies
23 October 2014

WFP Mobilizes Food For Syrians Fleeing Into Turkey And Iraq In Spite Of Funding Shortfalls

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food for tens of thousands of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey and Iraq amid growing concern that the influx of new arrivals is further straining the agency’s ability to respond to more needs with dwindling stocks and donations running out.
Responding to Emergencies
11 January 2013

Helping the Rural Poor a Priority for Haiti 3 Years After the Earthquake: Says WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that while there has been progress recovering from the terrible earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago, Haitians are now facing new food security challenges with the effects of drought, Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Sandy.

Responding to Emergencies
22 September 2011

WFP Provides Assistance To Sheltered Families In Santa Rosa

The United Nations World Food Programme in Guatemala responded immediately to the needs of the population affected by the recent earthquakes in the Santa Rosa region.

Responding to Emergencies
22 March 2011

WFP Logistic Expertise Supports Relief to Japan Quake Victims

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a logistics operation to support the Government of Japan’s delivery of relief items to victims of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis.

ED - J.Sheeran
12 March 2011

Statement By WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran On Japanese Earthquake

When nature strikes with such force, the world has to come together. I would like to express my deepest compassion and heartfelt solidarity with the Government and people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

11 January 2011

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

Almost one year ago, the ground began shaking in Haiti and the lives of millions were changed forever.  What came after the quake was a disaster that stretched WFP’s humanitarian expertise to the limit, challenged our response through its complexity and daunted us with the sheer scale of its impact on the Haitian people.

7 November 2010

WFP Delivers Emergency Food Supplies in Haiti After Hurricane Tomas

PORT AU PRINCE – In the aftermath of Hurricane Tomas, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been working closely with the Haitian authorities and other partners to distribute high-energy biscuits and ready-to-eat meals (MREs) to thousands of people who had taken refuge in schools and churches in the south-west of the country.  In some of the most storm-affected, such as Jeremie, distributions began within hours of the first heavy rains.

18 June 2010

Statement by WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on How Cash and Food for Work Are Helping Haiti Recover

This week Haitians in Jacmel who have been clearing rubble, installing drainage and making other community improvements are receiving cash and food wages as part of WFP’s new food and cash for work programmes.  For most people these are the first wages they’ve earned since the earthquake struck on January 12. 


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