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Executive Director of UN World Food Programme attends conference in support of Syria and the Region

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:31:10 +0000

BRUSSELS – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, will be among global leaders at Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region on 24 and 25 April in Brussels. Hosted by the United Nations and the European Union, the conference seeks to raise funds for people affected by the war in Syria and to bolster the peace process. 

Government of Japan contributes US$ 1 million to UNICEF and WFP for a comprehensive set of life-saving health, nutrition, food security and WASH interventions

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:22:19 +0000

HARARE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$ 1 million to enhance the resilience of communities in Zimbabwe through a comprehensive set of life-saving health, nutrition, food security and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) interventions. 

Spanish Foreign Minister Sees How WFP Logistics Hub in Las Palmas Helps Swifter Emergency Response

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:30:33 +0000

LAS PALMAS –The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, visited the logistics base of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Las Palmas of Gran Canaria this morning. The logistics base, located in the port of Las Palmas, is a key hub for responding to humanitarian needs in West Africa. 

Belgium throws support behind WFP's life-changing innovations

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 07:43:57 +0000

ROME – In a sign of growing confidence in technology’s potential to transform humanitarian assistance, Belgium is contributing €2 million worth of funding to promote innovative projects by the World Food Programme (WFP). The money will allow the UN agency to scale up research and trials into the use of drone and blockchain solutions to fight hunger around the world.

WFP gathers responders to hatch local solutions to emergency logistics in North Pacific

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:24:45 +0000

MAJURO – More than forty emergency response experts come together today in Majuro, to identify locally-led solutions to overcome logistics challenges that can hinder disaster response in the North Pacific region. Efficient logistics can make or break a humanitarian response, and the event aims to ensure that when the next emergency strikes, affected islanders can respond quickly and effectively. 

Setsan and WFP present a study to help reduce malnutrition in Mozambique

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 07:14:27 +0000

MAPUTO – Mozambique loses more than 10.9% of its annual GDP due to chronic malnutrition, equivalent to a yearly loss of 62 billion MZN (1.6 billion USD), according to a recent study “The Cost of Hunger in Africa” (2017). To help overcome this reality, the Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition (SETSAN) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today presented the findings of an analysis that also provides recommendations to help curb malnutrition in Mozambique. 

Recipe for Disaster: The United Nations World Food Programme launches a global challenge to reduce food waste

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:32:40 +0000

LONDON -  Open your fridge, grab the ingredients closest to their use-by date and create a recipe from food that would otherwise go to waste. This is the challenge set by The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and creative agency Anomaly. 

Flexible donors power WFP with US$180 million to address crises, build resilience

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:19:04 +0000

ROME – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, a group of government partners are stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexible funding to meet acute humanitarian needs in sudden onset emergencies and neglected or protracted crises.  

WFP scales up response in Yemen to prevent famine

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:47:11 +0000

SANA'A - Every year of conflict in Yemen pushes an additional one million people or more closer to the brink of famine, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on the eve of a high-level pledging event in Geneva. 

WFP airlifts life-saving relief to people affected by Papua New Guinea Earthquake

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 04:12:24 +0000

​DUBAI – The World Food Programme (WFP) today airlifted life-saving, nutrient-dense biscuits from its UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai to Papua New Guinea. With a cargo of more than 80 metric tons of the nutritious high energy biscuits, the plane carried enough food to feed approximately 60,000 earthquake-affected people.

WFP assessing damage at Hodeidah warehouse, Yemen

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 07:22:13 +0000

HODEIDAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working to establish the cause of a fire that destroyed a warehouse storing food in the Yemeni port of Hodeidah in the early hours of Saturday morning.     

EU support helps WFP reach over one million vulnerable people in Sudan

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 14:41:29 +0000

KHARTOUM – In Sudan, displacement and drought continues to exacerbate food insecurity for over three million people. In addressing these challenges, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is grateful to have received generous support from the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department for WFP’s life-saving operations in the country last year.

Government of Japan and WFP working together to rebuild Iraq

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:16:27 +0000

BAGHDAD – As Iraq emerges from four years of conflict and unrest, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$10 million contribution from the Government of Japan in support of recovery efforts. A portion of this contribution will also support Syrian refugees sheltering in Iraq.

Improving mountain trails can unlock rural livelihood opportunities, WFP study shows

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:51:44 +0000

KATHMANDU – Improving roads and trails in mountainous regions of Nepal can improve food security and nutrition for remote rural communities, according to recent WFP research carried out in partnership with national and international experts.

Promoting nutrition and education in Laos through home grown school meals programme

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 07:04:08 +0000

VIENTIANE – This week, Jocelyn Brown, a Deputy Administrator from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), whose office administers USDA international assistance programs, will visit Luang Namtha province, where two USDA projects are currently supporting local schools and farmers.  The projects, both funded by USDA’s McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program and the Local and Regional Procurement program, are being implemented together by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). 

Japan provides WFP with US$2.5 million to fight malnutrition in Chad's Sahel

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:46:14 +0000

N’DJAMENA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up nutrition support for 65,000 people in Chad’s fragile Sahel region, thanks to a US$2.5 million contribution from the Government of Japan. 

Food crises continue to strike, and acute hunger intensifies

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:43:34 +0000

124 million people in 51 countries experienced high levels of food insecurity, warns a new report.

WFP needs urgent support to provide food assistance to Rohingya and host communities in Bangladesh

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:52:42 +0000

COX’s BAZAR – With monsoon rains on their way, the World Food Programme (WFP) urgently needs more funding to continue providing food assistance Rohingya refugees and local Bangladeshis living in the Cox’s Bazar area close to the border with Myanmar.   

Joint Response Plan for Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis: An appeal for US$ 951 million to assist 1.3 million people

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:39:04 +0000

Cox’s Bazar, 16 March, 2018: The Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis is being launched this afternoon at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva by Mr. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR; Mr. William Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM and Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh. 

​World Bank and WFP map joint strategy for tackling humanitarian and development challenges

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:05:06 +0000

WASHINGTON – The leaders of the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have laid out an ambitious new plan to work together in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger.