News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

5 September 2017

Hunger Crises Will Escalate Unless We Invest More In Addressing Root Causes, Say UN Food Agency Chiefs On Visit To Drought-Hit Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA - Speaking at the conclusion of a four-day visit to Ethiopia, including to the drought-stricken Somali region, the heads of the United Nations food agencies made a joint call for greater investment in long-term activities that strengthen people’s resilience to drought and the impacts of climate shocks.

14 August 2017

Food insecurity soars in conflict-ridden Democratic Republic of Congo

Around 7.7 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance, FAO and WFP warn 

24 May 2017

Heads Of UN Food Agencies Visit Famine-Stricken South Sudan

JUBA – All parties to the conflict in South Sudan must cease violence and work together to ensure that food and other lifesaving support can reach people to end famine and severe hunger, the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

30 April 2017

First-Ever Regional Meeting On Food Security In Disaster-Prone Pacific Islands Concludes In Fiji

NADI – Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji this week.

18 November 2016

UN Food Agencies Call For Urgent Action To Address Southern Madagascar’s Worsening Food Insecurity

$67 million needed in food aid and farming support for upcoming planting season

15 November 2016

Syria Food Production At All-Time Low

Urgent assistance to farmers critical to stemming growing food insecurity, UN agencies say

22 September 2016

United Nations Agencies In Rome Vow To Take Forward Zero Hunger Challenge

NEW YORK – The heads of the Rome-based food and agriculture agencies today thanked United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his personal commitment and leadership in challenging the world to reach Zero Hunger. They promised to maintain momentum to reach the ambitious target by 2030.

5 September 2016

Pope Francis Urges FAO, WFP Leaders To Keep Up Fight Against Hunger

Pontiff cites Saint Teresa of Calcutta as inspiration for all

ROME - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who devoted her life to assisting the poorest of the poor, stands as an inspiration to all to work together to eradicate hunger and poverty worldwide, Pope Francis told FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin in a short meeting yesterday.

29 August 2016

IFAD And WFP Team Up To Promote Food Security In Sudan

Joint WFP-IFAD Press Release

KHARTOUM - The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote food security through improvement of agricultural production among smallholder farmers in Sudan. 

29 July 2016

Protracted Conflicts Causing Alarming Spikes In Severe Hunger

Briefs for UN Security Council highlight how millions of people remain trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and hunger


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