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Failing to open Ukrainian ports means declaring war on global food security, WFP Chief warns UN Security Council

NEW YORK – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley, addressed the United Nations Security Council today on the impact of the war in Ukraine on global food security. Here are selected highlights from his remarks: “We truly are in an unprecedented crisis. Food pricing is our number one problem right now, as […]

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No rain and no resources; millions of families across the Horn of Africa pushed closer to catastrophe each day

NAIROBI – Desperately needed rains across the Horn of Africa have so far failed to materialise, almost a month into the current rainy season, and if these conditions continue, along with stagnant and even decreasing humanitarian aid, the number of hungry people due to drought could spiral from the currently estimated 14 million to 20 million […]

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Acute food insecurity soars to five-year high warns Global Report on Food Crises

ROME – The number of people facing acute food insecurity and needing urgent life and livelihood-saving assistance has hit a five-year high in 2020 in countries beset by food crises, an annual report launched today by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) – an international alliance of the UN, the EU, governmental and non-governmental agencies […]

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WFP appeals for 600 million dollars as hungry Syrians hang by a thread after 10 years of conflict

CAIRO – As a critical conference opens in Brussels on the future of war-ravaged Syria, the United Nations World Food Programme is appealing for the funds it needs to provide urgent food assistance to millions of Syrians who today face the worst humanitarian conditions since the start of the conflict.   A record 12.4 million people […]

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Pandemic derails historic advances in children’s access to school meals

ROME – The COVID-19 pandemic risks reversing a decade of hard-won gains in global efforts to provide nutritious food to the world’s most vulnerable children through a free daily meal in school, the United Nations World Food Programme said in a report released today. One in two schoolchildren, or 388 million children worldwide, were receiving […]

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World Food Programme to assist largest number of hungry people ever, as coronavirus devastates poor nations

ROME June 29, 2020 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a massive rise in the number of hungry people it plans to assist around the world, as the devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic push millions more people into food insecurity in low- and middle-income countries. “The frontline in the battle […]

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Urgent international support needed to prevent millions of desperate Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger

HARARE April 8, 2020 – With Zimbabwe’s already severe climate- and recession-induced hunger crisis deepening and COVID-19 taking hold, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urgently needs US$130 million to sustain through August an emergency operation to prevent millions of the country’s most vulnerable people plunging deeper into hunger. A recent nationwide assessment – […]

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UN agencies raise alarm in the Central Sahel where millions face hunger amid rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis

DAKAR  February 3, 2020 – The number of people facing a critical lack of food and vital livelihood opportunities in the Central Sahel has spiked in one year due to rising insecurity and climatic shocks. The situation may further deteriorate unless the international community acts now, three United Nations agencies warned today. Despite an overall satisfactory […]

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WFP Launches Food Assistance for Ebola-affected People in Democratic Republic of Congo

MBANDAKA June 7, 2018 – Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements. Families of Ebola patients discharged from treatment centres, and […]

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Luxembourg And WFP Sign New Partnership Agreement

ROME – Luxembourg and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a four-year agreement, confirming the long-standing partnership between the Grand Duchy and the UN’s frontline organization working towards zero hunger globally by 2030. The agreement between Luxembourg and WFP was signed yesterday by Romain Schneider, Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action of […]

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