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644187
11/26/2014 - 14:41

The contribution from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) included US$55 million to help WFP provide food to over 4 million people living inside Syria and US$70 million for assistance to over 2 million Syrian refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, through food vouchers.  

Because of this contribution, WFP has been able to maintain the food voucher programme for refugees throughout November and has been able to secure food for distribution to affected families within Syria in November and December.  

“This valuable contribution came at a critical time for the people of Syria as they try to cope with a looming harsh winter ahead,” says Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis. “Our deepest appreciation to USAID for its continuous and unfaltering support in helping us reach the families who desperately rely on us.”

Since the onset of the war in Syria, the US government has injected close to a billion dollars in food assistance (US$933 million) to thousands of hungry Syrian families through WFP making it our largest donor both regionally and globally.

WFP requires US$35 million each week to feed those left hungry by the war in Syria and needs an immediate US$64 million** to meet the urgent food needs of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries during the month of December.  

**Note to the readers: the original version of this press release sent to the media stated US$65 million. However the correct figure is US$64 million.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

AMMAN– The United States government has confirmed a contribution of an additional US$125 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help feed millions of Syrians in need. Confirmation of the funding has arrived at the start of winter, when the need for food and other assistance becomes more urgent than ever.

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11/25/2014 - 11:54
ED - E.Cousin

Cousin briefed the Egyptian President on WFP operations worldwide and its programmes in Egypt. WFP, which has its headquarters in Rome, has worked in Egypt since 1968, running innovative projects targeting the most vulnerable who need additional support beyond the Government’s safety net programmes for the poor.

In 2013, WFP started programmes to support over 120,000 farmers facing climate change in rural areas of Upper Egypt through innovative agricultural methods to increase farm production.

WFP is also running a school-feeding programme, which benefits annually over 235,000 children, mainly girls, in the most impoverished and remote areas of the country. Egypt’s vibrant private sector has been the cornerstone of this programme through its generous support to WFP.

WFP in Egypt recently signed a new four-year partnership with the European Union to expand projects fighting child labour. Each year, the programme will provide food assistance to an additional 100,000 children who are former child labourers or at risk of being pulled into the labour market, in addition to assisting 400,000 of their family members.

Additionally, each month more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in Egypt receive WFP food vouchers.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Vichi De Marchi, WFP/Rome Tel. +39 06 6513 2058, Mob. +39 348 051 7605
Amina Al Korey, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +20 2 2528 1730, Mob. +20 10 2853 1535
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob.  +20 10 6663 4352.

 

ROME – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin met today with His Excellency Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on his official trip to Rome.

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11/21/2014 - 16:13
Journalists

“WFP's food assistance programmes implement an innovative combination of activities to address the risks faced by people collecting firewood and preparing food, and to mitigate the effects on their already fragile environments. This is a sustainable way to work towards a zero hunger world and we want to play a big role in it,” said Manoj Juneja, WFP Assistant Executive Director, at the summit.

Through the SAFE initiative (Safe Access to Fuel and Energy) WFP is supporting women with fuel-efficient stoves and livelihood opportunities. Many women spend hours travelling long distances to collect firewood, putting themselves at risk of attack and sexual violence. Fuel-efficient stoves ensure they have the means to properly cook food without jeopardizing the environment or their personal safety.

To date, WFP has reached approximately 2.8 million people with SAFE activities in Burundi Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda.
The Summit, hosted by the Global Alliance on Clean Cookstoves, brought together corporations, UN agencies, foundations and investors to secure financial and in-kind commitments to reduce deaths, illness and environmental degradation; to empower women through the use of clean fuels and technologies; and to accelerate the adoption of clean cooking solutions.

The new commitment announced by WFP during the summit - one of the most significant in the humanitarian field - would mean increasing WFP’s current target of 6 million people by the end of 2015, to 10 million by 2020. This would require US$20 million over a period of four years. Implementation of activities will depend on available funding.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. The World Food Programme approaches the challenge of climate change from the point of view of its impact on hunger, food security and nutrition, ensuring that those who are most vulnerable and at risk of hunger have adequate access to food. www.wfp.org/climate-change

Additional information on SAFE can be found here: http://www.wfp.org/safe

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Daphne Carliez, WFP/SAFE, Mob. +39 348 8131708
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob. +1-646-8241112
Fiona Guy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3187, Mob +39 349 9208584

NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will seek to help 10 million people safely prepare and consume the food it provides by 2020, getting one step closer to eradicating global hunger, the agency announced today at the Cookstoves Future Summit in New York.

644054
11/19/2014 - 11:00
Responding to Emergencies

“It is a good time to resume humanitarian assistance via WFP to DPRK after seven years. The
ROK looks forward to strengthening the partnership with WFP through the Memorandum of Understanding signed here today,” said Tae-Hyun Baik, Director General of Inter-Korea Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, at the signing ceremony in Rome to formalise the contribution.

“WFP is delighted to see this renewed commitment from the Republic of Korea to support humanitarian needs in DPR Korea,” said Dierk Stegen, WFP Country Director in DPRK. “Our work in DPR Korea has been chronically underfunded and just a few months ago we were considering closing down the operation altogether. With this new contribution, and other donations received over the past months, WFP can now continue operations until the end of March 2015 – but more funds are still needed to continue after that date.”

Since WFP announced its funding crisis in DPRK in August, new contributions have been received from China, Kuwait, Liechtenstein and Russia, as well as the Republic of Korea. This newest donation, which comes from the Ministry of Unification, is the first contribution from the Republic of Korea to WFP’s operations in DPRK since 2007.

WFP operations in DPRK support the nutritional needs of women and children, many of whom suffer from chronic malnutrition due to a diet lacking in key micronutrients, proteins and fats. WFP programmes aim to provide nutritious, fortified foods to 1.1 million young children and their mothers every month.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, Tel. +66 81 701 9208, silke.buhr@wfp.org

 

SEOUL / ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has received US$7 million from the government of the Republic of Korea for WFP’s operations in support of the nutritional needs of women and children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

644003
11/14/2014 - 11:06

The ration cut of 50 percent, starting tomorrow, comes as WFP struggles to raise US$38 million to cover its refugee operation for the next six months. This includes US$15.5 million urgently required to address food needs through January 2015.

“WFP has done everything it can to avoid reducing rations, using all means at our disposal to cover critical funding gaps,” said Paul Turnbull, WFP Deputy Country Director for Kenya.   “Cutting rations is the last resort and we’re doing it to eke out the limited food we currently have available over the next ten weeks, as we continue to appeal to the international community to assist.”

Each month, WFP distributes 9,700 metric tons of food for some 500,000 refugees in Kenya, at a cost of almost US$10 million.  The refugees are provided with a food ration of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil, a nutrient-rich maize-soya blend and salt, providing 2,100 kilocalories per person per day, the recommended emergency ration. From mid-November, the refugees will receive a food ration equivalent to 1,050 kilocalories per day.

“WFP depends entirely on voluntary contributions from donors who generously support food assistance for refugees,” said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP's Regional Director for East and Central Africa. “With competing humanitarian needs around the world, we realize budgets are tight but nonetheless, we must call for more funding so that we can work with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to meet the urgent needs of these vulnerable people, who have no other means of support.”

WFP expects to distribute half-rations until the end of January 2015, when a shipment of food assistance donated by the United States of America, sufficient for six weeks’ food requirements, is expected to arrive. Immediate, additional contributions would allow WFP to purchase food that is available in the region, which would reduce the impact of these dramatic cuts on the vulnerable refugee population.  In 2014, international donors have contributed US$68.8 million to support food assistance for refugees in Kenya.

WFP also provides specialised fortified foods to young children, as well as to pregnant women and nursing mothers, to stave off malnutrition. In addition, primary and pre-primary schoolchildren receive porridge, which helps them concentrate on their classes and acts as an incentive to their families to send them to school. So far, these activities are not expected to be affected by the cuts.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2179, Mob. +254 707 722 104
Amanda Lawrence-Brown, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2336, Mob. +254 707 722 105
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570  
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

NAIROBI – Around half a million refugees, mainly from Somalia and South Sudan, living in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps in remote areas in northern Kenya, will receive reduced rations from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a result of insufficient funding.

644001
11/14/2014 - 09:22

In mid-October, China contributed US$6 million to WFP’s emergency operation to assist 1.3 million people impacted by Ebola in the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. This substantial and timely contribution enabled WFP to purchase vital food supplies for emergency rations for more than 300,000 people as well as specialised nutrition products to help prevent malnutrition. Currently, WFP is stepping up the implementation so that the food can be delivered as quickly as possible.

The Ebola outbreak is reaching beyond borders. Responding to Ebola is a common challenge facing the entire world. The international community, including China at the forefront, has made progress in meeting the needs of the victims of this crisis. Since the outbreak, the Chinese government has provided assistance of nearly 750 million Yuan (US$123 million) in total to the overall humanitarian response the West African countries -- reflecting China’s longstanding commitment to the urgent humanitarian needs around the globe.

And we all agree that we have more work to do to scale up and to perform even faster. Speaking to journalists last month, WFP’s Representative in China Brett Rierson, called on enterprises and wealthy to join the fight against Ebola. WFP is working with enterprises to help raise further funds in China for the Ebola response.

“Enterprises and members of the public are concerned about the living conditions of children and families in Ebola-affected areas and they have told us that they are eager to support the work of WFP's assistance, which makes us very encouraged,” Rierson said.  “We need to unite all forces around the world to ensure that we have enough resources to help people in affected areas, in order to stop the spread of this deadly disease.”

WFP has a comprehensive and effective food procurement system in Ebola-influenced countries, with efficient logistics and distribution methods which can make sure that food can be delivered to people timely and swiftly.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Yiwen Zhang, WFP/Beijing, Tel.  +86 108 532 5228, Mob. +86 1360 116 9994
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634

 

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is especially thankful for the timely and generous assistance provided by the Chinese government, which has supported WFP’s food assistance as well as sending medical experts and equipment at this very difficult time, to halt the advance of Ebola Virus Disease.

643991
11/13/2014 - 09:18

Despite a good harvest in most areas, the July report of the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) found that 640,000 people in 19 districts would not meet their food needs during the lean season (December 2014 to March 2015). Moreover, high malnutrition contributes to about 42 percent of children under five being stunted (low height for age), according to the 2014 MDG/Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey. Over the past four years, this survey has shown no improvement in children’s diets which are insufficient both in quality and quantity. As a result, many Malawian children suffer from micronutrient deficiencies.

WFP and its partners are providing a mixed monthly food basket or cash transfers to increase and sustain food security in affected areas during the lean season. Households receiving food assistance that have pregnant or lactating women or children under two years of age will also receive fortified blended food (Super Cereal or Super Cereal Plus, respectively) to treat and prevent malnutrition. To complement the relief assistance, recipients of food assistance will receive key messages and training on raising small livestock or making kitchen gardens as well on improving sanitation, hygiene and feeding practices.

The German government’s contribution will provide Super Cereal to an estimated 25,000 pregnant or lactating women in 19 districts from December 2014 to March 2015.   

WFP recognises the importance of linking immediate relief assistance to longer-term solutions to enable communities to prepare for, recover from and strengthen their resilience to recurrent shocks.

“The German Government is grateful to partner with WFP in supporting vulnerable people in Malawi during times where we cannot work directly through Government of Malawi systems,” said German Ambassador Dr Peter Woeste. “One of our principal aims worldwide is to increase food security through resilience building.”

The funds from the German government will enable WFP to provide food and cash transfers to some 15,500 food-insecure households this year in Balaka, Zomba and Karonga districts, while at the same time supporting the creation of productive assets at household and community levels. These assets -  including small-scale irrigation schemes, fuel efficient stoves, household and community woodlots and water harvesting structures - are expected to increase and sustain food and nutrition security while reinforcing resilience.

“WFP is grateful for the Federal Republic of Germany’s contribution and support to the people of Malawi. By enabling us to meet the immediate nutrition needs, as well as the longer-term resilience needs of the most vulnerable, Germany is joining our collective efforts to build a more food and nutrition secure and resilient future,” said WFP’s Representative Coco Ushiyama.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

For more information please contact:
Fitina Khonje, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 1774666 ext. Email: fitina.khonje@wfp.org
https://www.wfp.org/countries/malawi

Kerstin Henke, German Embassy/Lilongwe, Tel. +2651772 555. Email: wz-@lilo.diplo.de

 

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed two contributions from the government of Germany totalling €2.6 million. Part of the donation, €395,900 (about 240 million MWK), is for nutrition assistance, and the remaining €2,250,000 (about 1.4 billion MWK) will help build resilience over a four-year period in some of Malawi’s most food insecure districts.

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11/11/2014 - 14:40

In official visits today to WFP’s Rome headquarters, the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama and the President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, Laura Boldrini both addressed a meeting of WFP’s Executive Board.  

In his remarks to the board, President Mahama spoke of the impact of the Ebola Virus Disease on the food security of people in the three countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone:  “Many families have not been able to plant and harvest their crops this time.  The intervention of WFP to supply food to vulnerable families and communities will go a long way in strengthening these families to fight the disease more effectively.”

Ghana is currently hosting the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The base is headquartered in the capital, Accra, at a UN Humanitarian Response Depot, one of six depots managed globally by WFP. UNMEER is coordinating the humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in the West African nations affected by the outbreak. Ghana is also host to WFP’s centrally pooled truck fleet -- the Regional Logistics Intervention Fleet – and the Tema Harbour in south-eastern Ghana acts as one of the corridors for international shipments of humanitarian aid.

Ghana is also a strong supporter of girls’ education, through WFP’s take-home ration and scholarship programmes for girls. WFP also supports specialized nutrition programmes and WFP’s Purchase for Progress activities to support smallholder farmers in Ghana.

“Ghana is at the forefront of global leadership when it comes to saving lives and eradicating hunger…and that leadership and commitment is exemplified by Ghana’s role in the global and regional fight against the Ebola Virus Disease,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.  

In her remarks to the board, Hon. Boldrini emphasized Italy’s support for zero hunger.
“It is not simply a matter of producing more food; rather, the challenge is to ensure that countries in difficulty are given fair access to what is produced. This cannot be done until everyone has a level of income and education that allows them to live an independent and decent existence.”

Hon. Boldrini, who worked as a communications officer at WFP from 1993 to 1998, also paid tribute to WFP’s emergency work and recalled that her time working for WFP – during which she witnessed the genocide in Rwanda and wars in Afghanistan and the former Yugoslavia. This period “proved an unforgettable experience that was to shape my professional and personal outlook,” she said.  

Executive Director Cousin emphasized WFP’s strong collaboration with the other Rome-based UN food agencies – the UN Food and Agriculture Organziation and the International Fund for Agricultural Development:  “We proudly work together with our host the Government of Italy and the Rome Based Agencies, to fly the flag for food and nutrition high at next year’s EXPO 2015 in Milan,” where the theme will be ‘Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life.’

Following their remarks, both high-level guests met with WFP staff and signed ceremonial copies of the UN Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge. They placed flowers before the newly-renovated WFP Memorial Wall commemorating staff who lost their lives in the line of duty.

On Monday, the General Director of the Italian International Cooperation, Giampaolo Cantini, joined Executive Director Cousin at WFP’s headquarters to officially open a new ‘Peace Garden’ – a green space filled with olive trees, intended to highlight the link between global peace and food security and the role of the UN food and agricultural agencies hosted by Italy. The planting of the garden was supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Caroline Hurford, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2330, Mob. +39 348 1325018
Vichi De Marchi, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2058, Mob +39 348 0517605
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634

 

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today celebrated the support and firm commitments of Ghana and Italy to its emergency responses and to the global movement to end hunger – the Zero Hunger Challenge.

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11/11/2014 - 11:07

Thanks to a donation of US$5 million from Japan and a contribution of US$2.2 million from Germany, WFP began distributing the food vouchers in the district of Soran in the governorate of Erbil, reaching an initial group of 500 women and men last week. Distribution of vouchers to a further 1,700 people is set to begin today.

Displaced people suffer from an uncertain future and a loss of control over everyday life. Food vouchers help to restore a sense of normalcy and choice.  Recipients will be able to redeem them for food items in 11 designated stores. Each person receives a voucher worth US$26 dollars.

“This is the first time we have received food vouchers and I think it is a good idea to buy our own food and decide what to cook every day,” said 47-year-old Saher Ghanim Salim who escaped Mosul in August and now resides in Soran with relatives. “Knowing that we can choose what we can eat brings back into our lives one thing that we can relate to from the homes that we left behind,” Salim added.

The food vouchers will benefit families who have settled in safer locations where food is available in the market but they cannot afford to purchase it. Within the next three months, WFP plans to distribute food vouchers to half a million displaced Iraqis in the Kurdistan region.

WFP delivers large amounts of food each year, but increasingly provides hungry people with cash and vouchers to buy food for themselves to meet their preferred dietary needs. Food vouchers support the local economy, and strengthen local markets.

“The food vouchers are an effective means of giving internally displaced people access to food, promoting the power of choice into the lives of women and men struggling because of the conflict,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of the WFP Office in Iraq.
 
In Iraq WFP has been assisting Syrian refugees in camps with vouchers since November 2012, injecting almost US$40 million into the local retail economy. WFP also distributes food vouchers to Syrian refugees in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Through this system, the local economies of the five countries have received more than US$500 million since the voucher programmes began in 2012.

In just three months since the outbreak of the crisis that began in Mosul and spread to surrounding cities and governorates, WFP has assisted more than one million displaced people across 18 governorates. Most of the people received food parcels containing essential items such as rice and cooking oil. Others received Immediate Response Rations that include canned food.  

Before the latest wave of displacements, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 215,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Marwa Awad, WFP/Erbil, Mobile +964 915 0764
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 6663 4352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Mobile: +393467600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570

 

 

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has started providing food vouchers to assist half a million Iraqis displaced by the conflict in Iraq. This new scheme empowers recipients to choose their own food and prioritise their own needs.

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11/11/2014 - 10:05

The aircraft was carrying much-needed supplies for the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) emergency response to the Ebola crisis, including prefabricated structures, generators, tents and other equipment.

The items will help WFP to build Ebola treatment centres for people affected by the virus, and will provide vital logistics support to the work of WFP and other humanitarian organizations, in support of affected communities.

The flight, carrying 58 metric tons of material worth US$412,000 is expected to arrive later this afternoon in Guinea.

Since the beginning of the emergency response to the Ebola crisis, a total of 829 metric tons of materials has been dispatched from the network of UNHRD bases (Brindisi, Dubai, Las Palmas and Accra) on behalf of the humanitarian community. As well as for WFP, supplies have also been sent on behalf of Irish Aid, WHO, UNHCR, Swiss Red Cross and the Japanese cooperation agency, JICA.

Brindisi has already dispatched WFP cargo on charter aircrafts to the 3 Ebola affected countries:  to Guinea on 4 November, to Liberia on 15 October and to Sierra Leone on 5 November.

UNHRD and WFP work closely with the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and hosts its headquarters in one of the network’s bases in Accra, Ghana.  

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

The Humanitarian Response Depot in Brindisi (UNHRD) dispatches humanitarian and emergency supplies all over the world on behalf of the humanitarian community. Visit www.unhrd.org

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For more information please contact :
Vichi De Marchi, Spokesperson Italy, WFP/Rome, Tel.: +39 06 6513 2058,
Mob: +39-348 0517 605, vichi.demarchi@wfp.org

Victoria Cavanagh, Communication Officer, WFP/Rome, Tel.: +39 06 6513 3761,
Mob: +39-3315819131, victoria.cavanagh@wfp.org

Carmelita Peruzzi, UNHRD Brindisi, Tel.: +39 0831 506 673, carmelita.peruzzi@wfp.org

 

BRINDISI – A flight carrying humanitarian supplies to support the Ebola response departed for Guinea this morning from the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Brindisi.