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Government of Japan Donates US$15 Million to WFP Response to Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:48:41 +0000

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$15 million emergency contribution from the Government of Japan to support WFP’s response to the refugee crisis in Bangladesh.

WFP Condemns Destruction Of Humanitarian Food Supplies in Eastern Ghouta Area of Syria

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:35:19 +0000

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is extremely concerned by the destruction this week of food intended for hungry people in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta, about 15 kilometres from the Syrian capital, Damascus. The food was destroyed during fighting inside the enclave when food distribution points belonging to one of WFP’s local partners in Duma were hit. Fortunately, no people were in the buildings at the time of the strikes. 

UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:31:19 +0000

Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley, UNICEF Executive Director, Anthony Lake, and WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

New WFP Report Examines How Climate Change Drives Hunger

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:39:31 +0000

BONN – A compelling new report about the impact of climate change on global food security has been launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with the Government of Sweden.

WFP And Government Of Mozambique Explore Innovative Approaches To Disaster Response

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:53:43 +0000

MAPUTO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Institute of Disaster Management are developing a common framework for the effective use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology (commonly known as drones) for emergency response in the country.

WFP Welcomes France’s Renewed Support For Vulnerable Families In Gaza

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:11:10 +0000

JERUSALEM – A contribution of €900,000 from France has enabled the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide much-needed food assistance and nutrition support to more than 20,000 people in Gaza for three months

WFP Concerned about High Malnutrition Rates among Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 03:17:44 +0000

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is redoubling its efforts to address malnutrition among refugees in Cox’s Bazar but warns that a broader effort is needed because clean water, toilets and health facilities are just as vital as food in effectively tackling malnutrition.

Life-saving Chinese contribution to WFP’s efforts in Niger to support victims of Boko Haram crisis

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:44:08 +0000

Niamey – The people of China made a much-needed contribution of $1 million USD to contribute to WFP’s emergency operations that aim to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable in the Diffa region, including refugees, returnees, host populations and internally displaced persons.

Republic Of Korea Contribution Provides WFP Food Assistance For Syrian Refugees In Iraq

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:36:48 +0000

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$1.5 million from the Republic of Korea that will provide food assistance for some 30,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for two months.

Russia Debt-For-Development Initiative to support School Meals in Mozambique

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 08:47:52 +0000

ROME – An innovative debt-swap initiative between the Russian Federation and Mozambique has unlocked a commitment of US$40 million, which will be used by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support the Government of Mozambique to provide school meals for 150,000 children in Mozambique over the next five years.

Harvest Season Provides Meagre Respite to South Sudan’s Hunger Crisis

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:29:27 +0000

ROME/JUBA - The current harvest season in South Sudan will not end the hunger crisis as conflict persists in most of the country and hyperinflation puts food out of reach for many, according to the updated Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) released today by the Government of South Sudan, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, UN Children’s Fund, the World Food Programme, and other humanitarian partners.

Displaced People In Congo And Central African Republic Receive WFP Food Assistance From China

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:04:14 +0000

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received a vital new US$5 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to internally displaced people in the Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

WFP reaches families trapped in Eastern Ghouta with food and nutritional aid

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:54:50 +0000

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) delivered last night urgently needed food assistance to support tens of thousands of Syrians living in extremely difficult conditions in Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of the Syrian capital.

WFP And Spain Join Forces To Assist Poor Palestinians In Gaza With Food Vouchers

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:12:28 +0000

JERUSALEM/MADRID – A contribution of €300, 000 from Spain has enabled the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide much-needed food and nutrition assistance to nearly 23,000 vulnerable Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, most of them women and children.

Visiting WFP Chief warns of impending humanitarian disaster in Democratic Republic Of Congo’s Kasai

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:48:41 +0000

KINSHASA – A humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the conflict-ravaged south-central Greater Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the head of the United Nations World Food Programme warned today as he wrapped up a four-day mission to the central African country that included a visit to Kasai. Some 3.2 million people in the region are severely food insecure, struggling to feed themselves and in need of assistance.

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

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:46:59 +0000

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

WFP Executive Director Visits the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:52:03 +0000

KINSHASA – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, arrived today in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for a four-day mission, amid a continuing deterioration of the country’s humanitarian situation.

US Contribution To Boost WFP Food Assistance And Local Economy In Afghanistan

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 12:03:10 +0000

KABUL – The World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$24 million contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to support food assistance to highly vulnerable Afghans affected by conflict, displacement, natural disasters, and seasonal hunger.

WFP Appeals For Access To Besieged Syrian Enclave Amid Reports Of Severe Hunger

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:58:12 +0000

ROME -  The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is concerned about media reports emerging from Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area not far from the Syrian capital. These reports signal extreme cases of hunger and malnutrition among conflict-affected families.

WFP Media Advisory - Rohingya Pledging Conference: Multimedia Materials for Journalists and Broadcasters

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:32:14 +0000

ROME – As leaders gather for the Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Crisis in Geneva tomorrow, the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, David Beasley, called for access and resources to alleviate the suffering of more than half a million people. WFP has provided food to the 580,000 people who have flooded out of Myanmar since August 25.