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650789
01/16/2017 - 14:13

The contribution from UKaid will provide nutritional support over the next six months to approximately 60,000 people in the worst-affected provinces - Cabo Delgado, Gaza, Nampula, Tete, Sofala and Zambezia. The majority of those who will receive nutritional support are malnourished children under five years of age, and pregnant and nursing women.

“UKaid is delighted to be working together in partnership with WFP to help some of the most vulnerable people in Mozambique,” said Cate Turton, Head of UKaid in Mozambique.

In Mozambique, 43 percent of children under the age of five are stunted (short for their age). Those worst affected are living in the north of the country where they face a combination of factors including food insecurity, limited access to clean water and sanitation, and deep-rooted  poverty in rural areas. Stunting influences not only physical development but also cognitive capacity; its effects can extend into adulthood, affecting health, productivity and life span.

Mozambique is among the countries in southern Africa which have been severely affected by the worst drought in decades. Southern and central provinces have been particularly badly hit. Some 1.4 million people in these regions are acutely food insecure and in need of food assistance. The number could rise to 2.3 million during the January-March peak of the lean season.

“We’re very grateful for this contribution from the British people,” said Karin Manente, WFP Country Director in Mozambique. “Poor nutrition has far-reaching consequences for young children as well as for pregnant and breastfeeding women. These funds enable us to provide vital support to the most vulnerable people.”

WFP is supporting the government on the implementation of its Nutritional Rehabilitation Programme (PRN I & II) for the treatment of moderate and severe acute malnutrition, and providing technical assistance with national nutrition surveys.

In 2016, the United Kingdom was one of the top donors to WFP worldwide, having contributed more than US$ 24.4 million to WFP operations in southern Africa.

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The Department for International Development (DFID)
We lead the UK government’s work to end extreme poverty.  Find out more at www.gov.uk/dfid

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@UKinMozambique ; @DFID_Moz
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For more information please contact:

Tomson Phiri,WFP/Maputo, Mob. +258 84  746 3909, tomson.phiri@wfp.org
Milton Machel, WFP/Maputo, Mob. + 258823196150, milton.machel@wfp.org
DFID/Maputo, Mob. +258 84 0127743

 

 

MAPUTO - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a GBP 3.6 million contribution from the United Kingdom to help fight malnutrition in Mozambique.

650788
01/16/2017 - 10:11

In Syria today, there are 15 besieged areas where up to 700,000 people, including an estimated 300,000 children, still remain trapped. Nearly five million people, including more than two million children, live in areas that are extremely difficult to reach with humanitarian assistance due to fighting, insecurity and restricted access.

All over Syria, people continue to suffer because they lack the most basic elements to sustain their lives – and because of the continued risk of violence.  We – indeed, the world – must not stand silent while parties to the conflict continue to use denial of food, water, medical supplies, and other forms of aid as weapons of war.
 
Children are at heightened risk of malnutrition, dehydration, diarrhoea, infectious diseases, and injury. Many need support after being exposed to traumatic events, violence and other violations.  Tragically, far too many children have known little but conflict and loss in their young lives.

The horrors of the siege of the eastern districts of Aleppo have disappeared from the public consciousness – but we must not let the needs, the lives and the futures of Syria’s people fade from the world’s conscience.  
 
We must not let 2017 repeat the tragedies of 2016 for Syria.

WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien
WHO Director-General General Margaret Chan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi

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For more information please contact:
Jane Howard, WFP, mobile +39 346 7600521, jane.howard@wfp.org
Simon Ingram, UNICEF New York, mobile: +1-917 265 4516, singram@unicef.org  
Russell Geekie OCHA New York, mobile: +1 917 331 0393, geekie@un.org
Gregory Härtl, WHO, mobile: +41 792036715, hartlg@who.int
Adrian Edwards, UNHCR, mobile: +41 79 557 9120, edwards@unhcr.org

 

 

 

DAVOS – While efforts to fully implement a ceasefire in Syria continue, we again appeal for immediate, unconditional, and safe access to reach the children and families who are still cut off from humanitarian aid across the country.

650786
01/13/2017 - 13:13

The programme targets communities where markets are functional, yet access is limited by resources and food insecurity, and malnutrition and poverty rates are high.

About a tenth of the Gambian population is food insecure and the prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) has increased to 10.3 percent, up from 9.9 percent in the 2012 survey (2015 SMART).  

“We would like to express our gratitude to the Republic of Korea for the timely support received,” said Representative and Country Director, Angela Cespedes. “This will strengthen WFP’s capacity to keep children in school, especially in vulnerable communities, and to help them become better, more productive youths.”
 
Since the start of the pilot initiative, WFP in partnership with the Government of The Gambia and partners have been working with 24 communities and caterers to reach some 11,900 school children with daily meals, using locally available foods produced and prepared by the communities.

In January, WFP and partners plan to scale-up the assistance. The support of the Government of Korea will cover up to 83 percent of the total cash transfer needs.

Overall, more than 100, 000 school children in 368 schools in all six regions receive daily meals from WFP each year, with the support of the Gambian Government and donors like the Republic of Korea.

The Republic of Korea became one of WFP’s top 20 donors in 2015. It aspires to become a model donor that plays a leading role by sharing its own experience of combating hunger.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Isatou Njai, WFP/Banjul, Tel: +221-9988889

 

BANJUL – The Republic of Korea has contributed more than $US300, 000 to the UN World Food Programme (WFP)’s School Meals Programme in The Gambia. This will make it possible for WFP to expand its community based cash transfer to schools and reach up to 20,000 students with daily hot meals for eight months.

650784
01/13/2017 - 12:52

As political and business leaders gather for the World Economic Forum annual meeting, the World Food Programme (WFP) has worked out how costly food can be for some of the world’s poorest people.

From research it calls Hot Dinner Data, WFP found that as a proportion of income, people in the developing world can pay 100 times more than rich-country counterparts for a basic plate of food. When the most deprived, conflict-ravaged places are factored in, the cost can be up to 300 times higher.

Take a bowl of bean stew – a hot, nutritious meal consumed across regions and cultures. This meal would cost someone in Switzerland a mere 0.41 percent of their daily income to make, that is, 0.88 Swiss francs (CHF) or less than a U.S. dollar.

A person in Malawi, meanwhile, would need to spend 41 percent of their daily income to be able to eat the same meal. In Swiss terms, this would translate to CHF86.53, or 100 times more than the actual cost in Switzerland.

At the most extreme end, in the besieged Syrian town of Deir Ezzor, the cost of a bowl of bean stew would exceed a resident’s entire daily income – the equivalent of a staggering CHF271.40 when expressed in the Swiss context. In India or Nicaragua, while more affordable, the stew would still be proportionally 10 to 15 times more expensive than in Switzerland.

“The Hot Dinner Data analysis aims to hold a new mirror up to the world – one which illustrates the distortions in the purchasing power of the rich and the poor as they try to meet their basic food needs,” says WFP’s Chief Economist, Arif Husain. “It is a reminder that access to affordable, nutritious food should be a right for all.”

High food costs in poor countries are generally driven by huge losses caused by deficient storage, transport and distribution systems; excessive reliance on few staple crops; lack of access to markets for local farmers; insufficient preparedness in the face of a changing climate; and conflict – itself often fueled by grievances over the allocation of resources.

WFP believes that by taking firm steps to address many of these challenges, from crop diversification to waste reduction to more efficient supply chains, we can put food within everyone’s reach. As it works with partners local and global to achieve Zero Hunger, WFP will continue to highlight disparities in the price of food by expanding the Hot Dinner Data to include dozens more countries.

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•    The bowl of bean stew is determined on the basis of 600 kilocalories, around a third of an average adult’s daily requirements.
•     At the current exchange rate of CHF0.98 to US$1, the CHF is almost at parity with the US dollar.
•    Depending on the country or region, the methodology uses GDP data or data related to earnings calculated on the basis of wages and remittances.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):        
Arif Husain, WFP/Rome: +39 347 050 3350
Susanna Sandstrom, WFP/Rome: +39 340 969 2108
Andre Vornic, WFP/Rome: +39 345 870 6985
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London: +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva: + 41 79 842 8057

 

ROME/DAVOS – A simple bowl of food in Malawi costs much more than in Davos when you measure the cost of the meal as a percentage of a person’s average daily income.

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01/13/2017 - 09:34

WFP will use this contribution to provide vocational training in 2017 to rural women in Naryn, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Batken and Talas provinces. The courses focus on improved agricultural techniques, food processing and commercial activities such as baking, sewing and handicraft production. Women will also receive training on business management skills, enabling them to create small businesses and develop income-generating assets.

“Empowering rural women through access to knowledge, resources and equal opportunities brings immediate benefits to families and entire communities while consolidating efforts to create resilience, build stronger businesses, and advance food security in the long-term,” said Japan’s Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Yoshihiro Yamamura. “We are honoured to join forces with WFP to invest in women to boost national prosperity in the Kyrgyz Republic.”

Japan’s contribution will also provide continued support to vulnerable smallholder farmers, particularly women, to develop their land resources through improving rural infrastructure and increasing agricultural productivity through agricultural inputs, equipment and training.

“This support from the people of Japan will encourage women’s economic empowerment and local development while opening up opportunities for entire communities to strengthen their food and nutrition security and improve their social and economic well-being," said WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Director Ram Saravanamuttu.
WFP will also use the funds to introduce new practices to boost the skills of vulnerable rural women. WFP will work closely with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to provide women with training on high-yield seed production.

This donation follows the success of women’s empowerment activities implemented by WFP last year with the Kyrgyz Ministry of Labour and Social Development. The project supported more than 3,200 rural households – mainly headed by women.  

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For more information, please contact:
Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Bishkek, email: elizabeth.zalkind@wfp.org, Tel. +996 312 660033, Mob. +996 555 940 420

 

BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has contributed US$500,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to empower rural women and benefit more than 2,500 households in the Kyrgyz Republic.

650780
01/13/2017 - 09:25
School Meals

The “milk project” – known here as the “white gold of the Sahel” – started in 2015 in Dori, the capital of Sahel region, one of Burkina Faso’s poorest and most malnutrition-prone areas. It involves the use of local products in school snacks: every day, a total of 3460 children, from more than 20 schools across the region, are receiving locally made yoghurt. The project has turned a whole community – and above all the women from Dori’s milk processing plant – into custodians of the children’s wellbeing.

“We are very happy with the outcomes of this project. One year ago it was hard to imagine that we could serve fresh yogurt to all these children everyday. We still have long way to go to further expand and reach thousand more kids across the Sahel but the community has taken ownership of the project, the most innovative and sustainable of its kind,“ said Jean Charles-Dei, Burkina Faso country Director”

To raise awareness of the milk project and of WFP’s wider work towards Zero Hunger, the internationally renowned chef Christian Abegan has cooked a special menu, using locally produced foods, for the children of Dori on 12 January. Almost 500 people – mostly children but also government officials – were there to celebrate a symbol of hard work, dedication and partnership. In preparation, Chef Abegan could be seen walking the winding and vibrant streets of Dori’s market, sampling fresh vegetables, meat and other produce.

“For me, cooking is an act of love, and I just want to share love with these children and this village. I have been inspired by their joint efforts to build a better community and give their children the opportunity to live a healthy life, not hungry life,” said enthusiastically
 Chef Abegan”.

In Burkina Faso, the national rate of global acute malnutrition for children under five rose to 10.4 per cent in 2015. The rate of stunting (or low growth for age), which is caused by chronic malnutrition, was 30.2 per cent. An authoritative African Union-led study has concluded that undernutrition in children is costing Burkina Faso an estimated 7.7 per cent of GDP a year.
 

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):                          
Simon Pierre Diouf, WFP/Dakar: +221 77801 22 21
Esther Ouoba, WFP/Burkina Faso: +226 (xxxx)

 

OUAGADOUGOU – In a region where school enrolment rates are very low, and early marriages a major cause of dropout among young girls, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has set up school canteens to help reduce malnutrition rates and to keep children in school. For better results, the organization has partnered with a women’s group that specializes in milk processing.

650772
01/11/2017 - 16:05

The Belgian donation will help WFP provide critical food and nutrition assistance through monthly food distributions, rations and cash-based transfers using electronic vouchers as well as nutrition awareness training for pregnant and nursing women.

Those people receiving WFP food assistance, provided jointly with the UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), include 30,000 people from the Bedouin and herding communities living in area C of the West Bank, under Israeli control. The food assistance for this group also helps build resilience and improves their livelihoods, access to services and protection – since they are at risk of imminent transfer.

“Tackling food insecurity is one of the priorities of Belgium’s humanitarian assistance,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation for Belgium Alexander De Croo. “Through our support for the WFP’s cash-based transfers we address the nutritional needs of food insecure Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.”

WFP is particularly appreciative of Belgium’s longstanding support in Palestine, and for the flexibility of its donation which enables WFP to address people’s most urgent food needs.

“Belgium is a trusted, reliable and flexible WFP partner in Palestine,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Palestine Daniela Owen. “This strong partnership has made a substantial difference in people’s lives, as well as increasing their resilience in the face of socio-economic hardship.”

Food insecurity in Palestine is driven by limited ability to purchase food, due to restrictions of movement, trade and investment, as well as high unemployment rates. In this context, WFP’s assistance is critical to meet their immediate food needs and prevent further deterioration in their lives.

Today, more than 27 percent of the Palestinian population - or 1.6 million people - are food insecure. The situation is most acute in Gaza, among non-refugees: nearly half are food insecure, and one in four are so severely affected that they require urgent food assistance. In the West Bank, 17 percent are food insecure, 6 percent of whom are severely food insecure.

WFP continues to link its assistance to supporting local production by using its purchasing power as a means of promoting agricultural development and connecting small-scale producers, food-processors, retailers and consumers. WFP aims to boost the Palestinian economy and recovery of Gaza in particular by using local suppliers and retail shops for purchasing and distributing locally-produced commodities.

Since 2011, thanks to the support of Belgium and other partners, WFP has injected more than €160 million (US$200 million) into the Palestinian economy, including nearly €100 million (US$125 million) through electronic vouchers or cash-based transfers.

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For more information on WFP’s activities in Palestine, visit http://www.wfp.org/countries/palestine

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Raphael Duboispean, WFP/Jerusalem, Mob. +972 546773160, raphael.duboispean@wfp.org

 

BRUSSELS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €1 million contribution from Belgium to support 180,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank.

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01/11/2017 - 10:15
Cash and Vouchers

The first group of vulnerable families received debit cards with their first cash transfers in December 2016. The cards are loaded every month with 100 Turkish Lira (roughly €28) per family member. Meanwhile, across the country, registration continues for the programme, which aims to assist one million refugees in the first half of 2017.

“I received the card at a very tough time in my life,” said Um Youssef, a widow and mother of two from Aleppo who has been struggling with putting food on the table and paying rent. “The second I received the card, I started withdrawing cash and paid my rent,” she added.

Abu Abdullah, another refugee whose wife is battling cancer, said, “This assistance will help us get by while I do everything I can to continue my wife’s medical treatment.”
The ESSN programme is a partnership between the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), the World Food Programme (WFP), the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish government, and will deliver much-needed cash support to families most in need.

“The ESSN is not only the EU’s largest single humanitarian project ever,” said Jane Lewis, Head of the ECHO office in Ankara. “It is also unique as it uses the Turkish social welfare system to implement a humanitarian project. It demonstrates what we can achieve by working together in such a strong partnership: the EU, Turkey, and WFP.”
“With the EU’s generous support, we all came together to reaffirm our commitment to the families, children and individuals struggling to get by and to the Turkish Government, whose hospitality continues to stand as an example to the whole world,” said Jean-Yves Lequime, WFP Country Representative in Turkey.

Turkey is generously hosting the largest refugee population in the world, an estimated three million people, the majority of whom were uprooted from their homes in neighbouring Syria. With more than 90 percent living outside refugee camps, in cities and villages across Turkey, hundreds of thousands are struggling to overcome very challenging conditions and rely on this form of assistance for survival.

WFP signed the partnership agreement with the EU in September 2016. It is the largest contribution ever received for WFP operations in Turkey.

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WFP:

Martin Penner, WFP/Ankara, Mob.  +39 340 246 6831
Joelle Eid, WFP/Ankara, Mob. +90 536 866 01 08
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Dana Sacchetti, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3234, Mob. +39 349 980 0442
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 842 8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 525 9982
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 6531149, Mob. +1 202 7705993

ECHO:

Mathias Eick, ECHO/Ankara, Mob. +90-5334125663  
Miray AKDAG ULUC, ECHO/ Ankara, Mob. +90 312 448 22 53

 

ANKARA – Thousands of refugees in Turkey are receiving monthly cash assistance to help cover essential needs such as food, rent, medicine and warm clothing for winter through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), a major innovative relief programme funded by the European Union.

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01/09/2017 - 15:24

“The Government of Belgium is a valued partner for WFP,” said Krystyna Bednarska, Director of WFP Brussels Office. “In yet another year of unprecedented needs, Belgium has answered the call to ensure the humanitarian community can reach those left furthest behind first, supporting innovative approaches and coordinated responses.”

In 2016 WFP and Belgium further strengthened cooperation in key areas, particularly in innovation, aiming to use new technologies in the fight against hunger. Belgium contributed €500,000 to a pilot project to further develop and use an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV – commonly known as drone) coordination model for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response.

Fostering technological innovation to serve the world’s most vulnerable people can transform lives and address the root causes of hunger. Belgium has supported WFP’s Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) system since 2014. Using mobile phone technology, mVAM enables WFP teams to carry out assessments in real-time in remote areas or conflict zones, in addition to providing people in need with a direct link to assistance.

As the third largest donor in 2016 to WFP’s Immediate Response Account (IRA), and the second largest donor since 2010, Belgium has proven its commitment to saving lives when disaster strikes. The IRA is a funding facility which provides predictable and flexible resources so that WFP can respond immediately to disasters, wherever and whenever they occur.

“WFP and Belgium nourish a fruitful partnership, with WFP ranking this year as our second humanitarian partner in terms of funding. The humanitarian community needs more than ever an organization such as WFP and Belgium is ready to continue contributing to WFP’s excellent humanitarian work in the field of food assistance, logistics, and innovation,” said Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Development Cooperation.

Furthermore, by contributing nearly €6 million to the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), Belgium’s funding is strategic in ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable and cost-efficient air services to the entire humanitarian community.

Belgium’s support has helped WFP respond to crises in Afghanistan, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and South Sudan. Donors like Belgium help WFP provide in-kind and cash assistance to vulnerable families during times of crisis, keep children in school, and improve livelihoods with the aim of achieving a world with zero hunger.

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BRUSSELS/ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has recognized the Government of Belgium’s substantial contributions in 2016, a year in which the Belgian Development Cooperation (DGCD) has donated more than €28 million to WFP projects reaching nearly 8 million people in eight countries.

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01/09/2017 - 15:09

The UK officials saw firsthand how vulnerable people in Otash Camp receive cash assistance from selected retailers using prepaid cards swiped against a Point of Service (POS) device.

Head of the British Diplomatic Service Simon McDonald, and Department for International Development (DFID) Permanent Secretary Mark Lowcock, formally launched the programme today. Their visit is part of a dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders about how the UK can support development in Sudan and achieve shared objectives.

“UK aid is supporting Sudan’s most vulnerable and excluded people to meet their basic needs, build their resilience to crisis, and lay the foundations for a more democratic, inclusive and peaceful future,” McDonald said.

With a contribution of £3.1 million (approximately US$4.5 million) from DFID, the cash assistance programme in Otash Camp is part of WFP’s continuing efforts to provide new and flexible solutions to ending hunger and promoting self-reliance among vulnerable communities in Sudan.

“DFID is proud to launch this innovative cash programme which will provide 75,000 people in Otash Camp with cash assistance, allowing them greater choice over what they buy and stimulating the local economy,” said Lowcock.

The current monthly cash entitlement is SDG 55 (US$8.53) which is adjusted for changes in the real market prices of cereals and beans, the food items that make up WFP’s food allocation for displaced people in Darfur.
“Cash assistance enables me to buy the food my family needs from any market and at affordable prices,” said Umsineen Abdulaziz Abdalla, a displaced mother of seven children living in Otash Camp.

The UK has been a major donor to WFP in Sudan for many years. Since 2013, DFID has contributed more than £52 million to the cash and vouchers programme which currently supports more than half a million vulnerable and food-insecure displaced people and injects some £31.5 million into the local economy. DFID is also supporting a study that will determine the effectiveness and efficiency of the cash assistance programme in improving the food security and nutrition of the people it is designed to assist.

“We are grateful to the British people, through DFID, for supporting our pioneering work in promoting self-reliance among the communities that we assist,” said WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director Matthew Hollingworth. “The cash and voucher assistance programme helps us respond not only to the food needs of vulnerable people, it also supports local traders and farmers; it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”
 
Sudan is one of WFP’s most complex operations, with recurring conflict, new and protracted displacement, insecurity, and crisis levels of malnutrition and food insecurity.

In 2017, WFP plans to assist 4.2 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a range of activities, including emergency food and cash-based transfers, nutritional support and resilience-building activities to help communities become independent. Through the Department for International Development, the UK is committed to continued support for humanitarian needs, early recovery and development in Darfur and throughout Sudan.

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For more information, please contact:
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +20225281730 (ext. 2600). Mob. +201066634352

 

NYALA/KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed senior UK officials to a new cash assistance programme in Nyala’s Otash Camp in South Darfur. The programme, funded by UK aid from the government of the United Kingdom, is currently providing unrestricted cash assistance to 75,000 displaced people, offering them choice and freedom to prioritize their needs.