News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

22 December 2017

WFP Chief Welcomes New Leader At Partner Agency UNICEF

ROME – The  head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley congratulates Henrietta H. Fore on her appointment as the new Executive Director of sister agency UNICEF.   

29 October 2017

Exclusive Telephone Briefing: Update on the Hunger Crisis in Kasai Region, DRC, by WFP’s Executive Director

Hunger is stalking the Democratic Republic of Congo’s conflict-ravaged Kasai region. One quarter of its population – more than three million people – are severely food insecure, with acute malnutrition well above the 10 percent emergency threshold in the worst-off communities

13 October 2017

As Hunger Surges, WFP Chief Appeals For Peace On World Food Day

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme today made an impassioned plea for peace amid mounting evidence of the links between conflict, migration and rising hunger.

1 October 2017

WFP Chief: International Community Must Continue to Support Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Bangladesh

COX’S BAZAR – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today reiterated WFP’s commitment to supporting people fleeing violence in Myanmar as he met refugee families and saw WFP relief activities in the new settlements in the Cox’s Bazar area.

Responding to Emergencies
17 September 2017

WFP Launches Food Assistance Operation in Cuba in Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

HAVANA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in coordination with the Government of Cuba, today launched a US$5.7 million emergency operation to provide food assistance for four months to more than 660,000 people affected by Hurricane Irma.

6 September 2017

WFP Chief Calls For Stepped-Up Efforts To Overcome Northeast Nigerian Crisis

ABUJA — After talks with top officials and people left destitute by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley today hailed the massive and joint push by Nigerian authorities and humanitari-an workers to save lives, but warned the momentum must continue in the face of a complex and challenging emergency.

18 August 2017

On World Humanitarian Day, WFP Executive Director honours colleagues on the frontlines of hunger

Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley

Responding to Emergencies
26 July 2017

Statement by heads of UNICEF, WFP and WHO following visit to Yemen

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, WFP Executive Director, David Beasley and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros  Adhanom Ghebreyesus, following their joint visit to Yemen

8 July 2017

Statement From World Food Programme Executive Director David Beasley On Life-Saving U.S. Donation To Fight Famines

I am most grateful for the strong support to fight famine that President Trump and the American people have just given the World Food Programme. And we are deeply thankful for the leadership of Chancellor Merkel as the G-20 host for putting Africa and the looming famines on the world’s agenda.

School Meals
26 May 2017

WFP Chief Lauds Support For National School Meals Programme In Kenya

NAIROBI – On his first visit to Kenya since taking office, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, visited schoolchildren in a Nairobi primary school who receive daily lunches through WFP’s school meals programme, which has been funded through a successful global U.S. initiative that is in danger of being cut in the proposed U.S. government budget.


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