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Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 02:15
MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

WFP Lifeline Operation To Feed Displaced Iraqis Reaches Over 700,000 People

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 08:27
KARBALA, IRAQ – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.

WFP Humanitarian Convoy Delivers Food To Gaza Through Egypt’s Rafah Crossing

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 04:38
GAZA – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

Latest Bangladesh Poverty Maps Launched By BBS, World Bank And WFP

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 02:29
DHAKA – The Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, M.A. Mannan MP, today launched the Bangladesh Poverty Maps 2010. This is the third generation of poverty maps in Bangladesh, which is an important statistical instrument for estimating the poverty incidence up to sub-district (upazila) levels.

Singer Sami Yusuf Joins WFP As Global Ambassador Against Hunger

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:44
ROME – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, Sami Yusuf, has today joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.  Yusuf, who is a long-term supporter of WFP, will use his status as a hunger Ambassador to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.

WFP Starts Food Distributions Following Floods In Kurigram, Sirajganj And Jamalpur

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 01:19
DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.

WFP Boosts Assistance To South Sudanese, Both In Ethiopia And Across Border

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 06:50
JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia.  Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

WFP Condemns Ration Card Scam In Bossaso

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:58
BOSSASO/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges residents of Bossaso to beware of a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people.

Saudi Arabia Contribution Saves Lives, Allows WFP To Rapidly Respond To Food Crisis In Iraq

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:09
BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to scale up food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis displaced from their homes in recent weeks thanks to a generous contribution of US$148.9 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  

World Humanitarian Day Honours Those Who Build Our Future

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:32
Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

WFP Launches ‘Foodcard’ Voucher System In Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camps

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 06:34
COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a brand-new electronic food card system to allow refugee families to choose the food they want and need in Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar.  

WFP Welcomes Japan’s Contribution To Support Fight Against Hunger In Chad And C.A.R.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:46
N’DJAMENA/BANGUI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of 640 million JPY (US$6.25 million) from the Government of Japan to provide vital food assistance to refugees and displaced people in Chad and in the Central African Republic (C.A.R.).

United States Government Contributes US$180 Million To Help Prevent Famine In South Sudan

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:30
WASHINGTON – The United States government is providing an additional US$180 million to help the UN World Food Programme (WFP) continue providing nutritious food assistance in South Sudan, which faces one of the most threatening hunger crises in the world.

WFP Executive Director Visits Food Assistance Operation in Syria

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 08:58
DAMASCUS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a one-day visit to Damascus on Tuesday where she met with WFP staff, senior government officials and visited a WFP food distribution to oversee progress and discuss the operational challenges of one of the agency’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations worldwide.

France Steps Up Efforts To Assist South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 07:56
ADDIS ABABA – The French government has announced a contribution of €500,000 (US$669,500) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food and nutritional support for South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia.

UN World Food Programme Celebrates ‘Heroes Among Us’ On World Humanitarian Day

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:11
ROME – The World Food Programme (WFP) is joining other organizations and agencies around the globe in advance of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August to bring attention to the heroes who risk their lives every day to help people in need.

WFP And UNRWA Plan To Reach All Conflict-Affected Families In Gaza With Launch Of Special Emergency Food Assistance

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:57
GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners today launched a special food distribution in Gaza for 730,000 people who are not receiving food under other programmes – in an effort to reach all conflict-affect people in Gaza with some form of food assistance.  

WFP Head Visits India To Address Asia Pacific Consultation On Family Farming

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:38
CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.

WFP Food Reaches More People In Syria In July

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 04:52
DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has made significant progress over the last few weeks in reaching more people affected by the violence in Syria – many of them in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas -- due to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries.

WFP Steps Up Emergency Food Assistance In Gaza As Situation Deteriorates

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 09:35
GAZA – Four weeks into the conflict in Gaza, the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to increased needs by stepping up provision of emergency food and other assistance.