ANKARA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) expanded today its food assistance programme into four new camps in Turkey doubling the number of Syrians that it now supports in Turkish camps to 80,000 people.
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme welcomed today a US$25 million donation from the Government of Japan, which will provide enough funds to deliver vital food and nutritional assistance to more than one million people in Yemen for six months.
After more than two years of conflict in Syria, the heads of five UN agencies appeal to political leaders to find a peaceful solution before hundreds of thousands more people lose their homes and lives.
SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme signed two agreements with Yemen’s Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation today to provide food and nutritional assistance to more than five million people in the country.
AMMAN – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched school feeding projects for more than 10,500 Syrian children attending schools in refugee camps in Jordan and Iraq to boost nutrition and encourage children to come to school.
KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme has started providing urgently-needed food assistance to the conflict-affected people in Blue Nile state. This is the first time that the agency has distributed food assistance since the conflict broke out in September 2011, forcing thousands to flee their homes, many of them crossing into neighbouring Ethiopia and South Sudan.
DAMASCUS – The growing cycle of violence in Syria is preventing life-saving food aid from reaching many of the millions of vulnerable Syrians in need, says the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), calling on all parties to allow humanitarian aid to pass safely into disputed and conflict zones.
ROME – The people of Mali continue to suffer the impact of mass displacement and they urgently need food and other humanitarian assistance, said the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, on her return from a five-day trip to Mali and Burkina Faso (13-17 March) to meet people affected by the conflict in Mali and cycles of drought and poor harvests.
OUAGADOUGOU – One year after the World Food Programme (WFP) launched its response to drought in eight countries of the Sahel region, the organization’s executive director Ertharin Cousin has visited Burkina Faso to see the results and discuss the future.
BANGKOK/SINGAPORE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and online social movement GiveAsia.org are launching a new partnership to raise funds for the global fight against hunger. The first campaign under the partnership will benefit WFP’s emergency operation to meet the needs of people affected by conflict in Syria.
DAMASCUS – Two years into the Syria crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) faces severe challenges in expanding its emergency operation to feed millions of conflict-affected people, as a result of funding shortages.
OUAGADOUGOU – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will travel to Burkina Faso from 13 to 15 March 2013. Cousin will visit the country on the invitation of the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, whom she met in October 2012 at the Forum on International Cooperation in Milan, Italy.
OTTAWA – Today the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honorable Julian Fantino, and senior members of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) met with the Executive Director of the Rome-based United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, to reaffirm their shared commitment to end hunger and malnutrition.
JUBA – At least 4.1 million people in South Sudan are likely to be food insecure this year, according to a new report by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP).
BAMAKO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has opened today a new land route for transporting vital food assistance from Niamey, in Niger, to northern Mali, where the volatile security situation and economic disruption is affecting food supplies.
BANGKOK – Online gamers and followers of fashion today have a new way to support the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) emergency food assistance operation in Syria thanks to a ground-breaking initiative with Facebook game Stylista (https://apps.facebook.com/stylista). Stylista is the brainchild of Sandbox Global, a digital gaming company based in Bangkok, Thailand.
ROME – A year after the international community launched a massive humanitarian response to the food and nutritional crisis affecting millions of people across the Sahel region of Africa, leaders of humanitarian agencies, government representatives from countries affected and major donors met today to review the effectiveness of their assistance. Read the Outcome Document
With a donation of more than US$660,000 (€500,000), Luxembourg is the first country to contribute to the regular operations of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Afghanistan in 2013. This donation makes Luxembourg, a landlocked country located in western Europe with a population of about 525,000, the highest per capita donor to WFP Afghanistan.
ROME – One year after the crisis in Africa’s Sahel region what has been achieved? High Level Representatives of the humanitarian community and government donors will meet at the headquarters of the World Food Programme (WFP) on Wednesday 20 February, to discuss the results. They will debate a range of issues including the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance to the Sahel and the nutritional status of the region’s inhabitants.
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up its food aid operations inside Syria to reach 2.5 million people in the coming months. In February, WFP is increasing the number of people it plans to reach from 1.5 million to 1.75 million people and is gradually building its capacity to reach two million people in March and 2.5 million vulnerable Syrians by April.
NAIROBI – The U.N. World Food Programme has begun providing food assistance in the southern Somali city of Kismayo for the first time in more than four years. Conflict and insecurity have prevented WFP and many other humanitarian agencies from working in the area, but improved security and access now make it possible to reach Kismayo’s most vulnerable people.
AMMAN – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, returned to the Middle East region today to visit Zaatari refugee camp amid concerns of an influx of Syrian refugees crossing the border to Jordan.