MUNICH– The World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator, which leverages innovation and technology to tackle food insecurity worldwide, officially opened its new global office today. The opening was followed by the WFP Innovation Accelerator flagship pitch event, an official Munich Security Conference side event – the world's leading forum for debating the most pressing challenges to international security.
YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a grant of US$50 million from the Government of Japan at a time of unprecedented funding shortage. This contribution will enable WFP to assist vulnerable populations affected by conflict, extreme weather and economic crisis in 20 countries across mainly Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
PORT-AU-PRINCE – Amid sustained attacks on civilians by armed groups, increasing displacement and civil unrest in Haiti, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for unimpeded access for aid agencies and the free flow of food commodities to prevent already-dire levels of hunger from becoming catastrophic.
CAIRO – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Egypt launched a first-time collaboration to build the resilience of refugees and their host communities in Egypt and help increase their chances of employability.
NOUAKCHOTT – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) has generously contributed US$5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutrition assistance to Malian refugees in Mauritania.
AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the World Bank, today announced the preliminary findings of the impact evaluation for the National School Feeding Programme.
HARARE – The Government of Japan today provided a US$1.36 million (¥200,000,000) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme that will help provide critical food assistance for over 40,000 vulnerable people in Zimbabwe.
KABUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of US$3.8 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support Afghans forced to leave Pakistan and return to Afghanistan. The funding will allow WFP to provide cash assistance to nearly 33,000 families or more than 230,000 children, women and men, including persons with disabilities returning to Afghanistan at a time when already one third of the people are going hungry.
CAIRO/ROME – The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the appointment of Tunisian tennis star Ons Jabeur as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador. Recognized for her athletic prowess and commitment to social causes, Jabeur will use her influential voice to raise awareness about global food insecurity and support WFP's mission to end hunger.
ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has activated more robust delivery mechanisms to its operations in Ethiopia since late 2023, a significant step in assuring the delivery of critical food assistance to the hungriest populations affected by drought, flooding, and conflict. WFP is now working at pace to deliver food assistance to up to 3 million in Ethiopia in the coming weeks.
MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €2 million from the Government of Italy that will help tackle climate change-induced vulnerabilities and strengthen food and nutritional security for up to 10,000 people including smallholder farmers, youth and women from selected farmers organizations in Tete province, in central Mozambique.
KYIV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), as part of a programme developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Policy and with funding from Germany, will distribute complementary cash assistance to 310,000 people living with disabilities across the country.
KABUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan welcomes the latest contribution totaling GBP 28.7 million (US$36.5 million) from the Government of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, through its Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The funds will go toward supporting WFP’s emergency response for food-insecure families and treat malnourished young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers across the country.
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Directorate of Agriculture in Ninawa Governorate and the University of Mosul, is implementing a multi-year initiative to transform farming practices in Ninawa governorate to boost food security and sustainability among small-holder farmers.
KABUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan welcomes a contribution of US$13.5 million from the Government of Japan. The funding will help WFP deliver emergency food and nutrition assistance to food-insecure people, support school children to learn better and keep the United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) operational.
PORT SUDAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urgently calls on Sudan’s warring parties to provide immediate guarantees for the safe and unimpeded delivery of humanitarian food assistance to conflict-hit parts of Sudan, especially across conflict lines where hungry displaced civilians are trapped and cut-off from life-saving humanitarian assistance.
Kinshasa - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has embarked on an extreme prioritization of assistance leaving millions of vulnerable people without food assistance as needs continue to outpace available resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Massachusetts /Panama City - The Civic Data Design Lab (CCDL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have been recognized among winners of the 2023 Anthem Awards which highlight excellence in social impact. The project “Distance Unknown: Risks and Opportunities of Migration in the Americas” today received a Gold Medal in the ‘Humanitarian Action & Services’ category for ‘Best use of data’.
ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Cindy McCain, has assumed the role of Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) principals Champion on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment (PSEAH), taking over from Andrew Morley, President of World Vision International.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/ROME, 30 January 2024 – The allegations of involvement of several UNRWA staff in the heinous attacks on Israel on 7 October are horrifying. As the Secretary-General has said, any UN employee involved in acts of terror will be held accountable.
MANILA – The Government of Japan has contributed US$5 million (PHP 250 million) to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Farm-to-School Meals project in the Philippines. The project links local smallholder farmers with primary schools to provide young learners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with nutritious meals.
NOUAKCHOTT – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) thanks the European Union (EU) for its long-term support to the people of Mauritania. The major contribution of €2,3 million, made through the EU’s Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO), supported the National Disaster Preparedness Programme for the past 6 years. In addition, its crucial contribution of €1,45 million allowed WFP to provide cash assistance to 82,000 Malian refugees in the Mbera camp in 2023.
HARARE – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a contribution of US$11.27 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Zimbabwe, ensuring that approximately 230,000 of the most vulnerable people in Mwenezi, Mangwe, Chivi, and Buhera districts will receive critical food assistance during the January to March 2024 lean season.
BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Program welcomes a grant of €7 million from the European Union to support the continuation of critical nutrition needs and services for the most vulnerable groups of children and pregnant and lactating women in Yemen.
ROME/GENEVA/NEW YORK – As the risk of famine grows, and more people are exposed to deadly disease outbreaks, a fundamental step change in the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza is urgently needed, United Nations agencies warned today. The heads of the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) say that getting enough supplies into and across Gaza now depends on: the opening of new entry routes; more trucks being allowed through border checks each day; fewer restrictions on the movement of humanitarian workers; and guarantees of safety for people accessing and distributing aid.