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645531
03/06/2015 - 14:30

The new contribution will help WFP continue its assistance in a number of ways:  First, in combating malnutrition and strengthening the resilience of vulnerable households. Some 45,120 malnourished children under five and 15,430 malnourished pregnant and nursing women will receive treatment for moderate acute malnutrition to improve their nutritional status. Another 5,250 people in households that are vulnerable to food insecurity will receive cash transfers in exchange for their work on creating assets.

About 2,000 smallholder farmers in the country will be provided with equipment and training in food quality management through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) programme.

Finally, 32,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso will receive assistance through monthly distributions of food and cash transfers in addition to emergency school feeding.

Thanks to Japan’s support, WFP is able to provide assistance in partnership with the Government of Burkina Faso and non-governmental organizations. The programmes will be carried out in Boucle du Mouhoun, Centre-East, Centre-North, Centre-West, East, North and Sahel regions.
 
"We are particularly grateful to Japan which has shown clear commitment to support WFP’s activities in Burkina Faso. This contribution is especially timely as we require funds to maintain our support for vulnerable people in rural areas, who are affected by food insecurity and malnutrition,” said Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Burkina Faso Country Director.

Mr. Masato Futaishi, Japanese Ambassador to Burkina Faso, said, “This financial support from the Japanese Government contributes to the improvement of the quality of life of vulnerable populations, particularly that of children in Burkina Faso, and demonstrates the close cooperation between the Governments of Burkina Faso and Japan and WFP.”

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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information, contact Celestine Ouedraogo, WFP Burkina Faso
 celestine.ouedraogo@wfp.org, +226 25306077 (telephone) or +226 75144747 (cell).

 

OUAGADOUGOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$ 5 million, equivalent to more than 2.983 billion FCFA, from the Government of Japan, to support activities for nearly 100,000 of the most vulnerable people living in Burkina Faso.

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03/06/2015 - 11:24

Two months after the start of the flooding, much of the land in Nsanje is still submerged with only small raised areas of land visible. During his visit, the ambassador met some of the flood victims who are living in displacement camps where they receive WFP food assistance as well as support from other humanitarian partners.
“Japan is pleased to work with WFP in responding to this flood disaster,” said Ambassador Nishioka. “Having experienced the devastating effects of disasters in recent years, Japan can relate to what Malawians are going through at this time.  I sincerely hope that Japan’s contribution will lessen their hardship by helping with their emergency food needs as well as supporting the recovery process.”

At least 370,000 people are facing hunger in Malawi as a result of flood damage to food stocks and some 64,000 hectares of farmland. A food security assessment, due to be released soon, is expected to reveal that the number of people in need of food assistance is even higher than previously estimated. 

Out of Japan’s total contribution of US$2.5 million, US$1.8 million has been set aside for WFP to continue providing emergency food assistance to flood-affected families who have lost everything. This will provide for the distribution of pulses and Super Cereal, a fortified corn soya blend that can be made into a nutritious porridge to help prevent micronutrient deficiencies, especially among women and children.

In the coming months, US$500,000 from the Japanese contribution will help WFP assist food-insecure families in the hardest-hit districts to begin rebuilding their lives, while US$200,000 will enable WFP to continue providing school meals to some 42,000 schoolchildren in flood-affected areas.

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Government of Japan and their generous support during this time of emergency,” said WFP Country Representative Coco Ushiyama. “While providing life-saving food assistance, the Japanese contribution will also help us fast-track early recovery programmes and continue providing school meals in the worst-affected districts.”

WFP was able to use in-country food stocks to launch its early response to the flood disaster. To date, WFP has reached some 370,000 flood-affected people with food assistance. Based on current figures, additional funding of some US$ 3.2 million is needed to fund WFP’s flood response in Malawi.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sarah Rawson, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 1 774 666, Mob. +265 999972402
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 517 1577, Mob. +27 82 908 1417

 

NSANJE – The Government of Japan has announced a contribution of US$2.5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help those people affected by recent flooding in Malawi. The announcement was made during a visit to flood-hit Nsanje district by the Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Shuichiro Nishioka, on 1 March. He flew by helicopter to visit food distribution sites in the district to which road access had been cut.

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03/05/2015 - 10:16

“WFP deeply appreciates this substantial injection of support from Japan which comes at a critical time when the organization, which is 100 percent voluntarily-funded, is simultaneously responding to an unprecedented level of need for food assistance globally. The Government and people of Japan have repeatedly demonstrated proactive leadership in responding to humanitarian emergencies,” said Stephen Anderson, Director of WFP Japan Office. “This is directly linked to Japan’s steadfast commitment to enhancing human security, building peace and empowering women around the globe.”

A large part of the donation will support conflict-affected people in the Middle East. As fighting intensifies in Iraq and Syria, Japan’s aid will enable WFP to distribute food and vouchers to a total of 8 million people who are displaced inside these two countries or seeking refuge in surrounding countries. In Yemen, funds will go towards providing emergency food assistance to some 6 million people including those displaced by insecurity and host communities, and meals for children attending school.

In Africa, Japan’s contribution will assist millions hit by conflict and natural disasters in 18 countries including in Central African Republic and South Sudan, where conflict has resulted in large-scale population displacement and hunger crises. In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Japan’s donation will support WFP in meeting the basic food and nutrition needs of Ebola-affected families and communities.

The channelling of funds to Afghanistan and Pakistan, long affected by conflict and displacement, reflects Japan’s aid policy of promoting peace and sustainable development in the region. Funds will be used to provide food to conflict and disaster-affected people, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups, including malnourished children.

WFP’s logistics operation will also benefit from Japan’s support in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and Afghanistan, where the agency is also responsible for the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service providing critical air transport services for the humanitarian community.
The breakdown of the contribution is as follows:
Middle East: Iraq (US$13 million), Yemen (US$10 million), Palestine (US$5 million), Jordan (US$4.44 million), Lebanon (US$2.73 million), Turkey (US$2.22 million), Syria (US$1.5 million)
Africa: Central African Republic (US$7.5 million), Mali (US$7 million), Sierra Leone (US$6 million), Cameroon (US$5.8 million), Niger (US$5.15 million), Democratic Republic of Congo (US$5 million), Ethiopia (US$5 million), Burkina Faso (US$5 million), Mauritania (US$4.5 million), South Sudan (US$4.2 million), Somalia (US$4.2 million), Chad (US$3.5 million), Kenya (US$2.7 million), Guinea (US$2.5 million), Malawi (US$2.5 million), Zimbabwe (US$1.5 million), Liberia (US$1 million), Djibouti (US$480,000)
 Asia: Afghanistan (US$5.2 million), Pakistan (US$5 million)

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Yuko Yasuda, WFP/Yokohama, Tel. +81 (0)3 5766 5364, Mob. +81 (0)90 9844 9990

 

 

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) this month welcomed a US$122.62 million humanitarian aid package from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance to targeted vulnerable people, many of whom are affected by conflict, in 27 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Part of the funds will also support special logistics operations, which WFP runs in four of those countries.

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03/05/2015 - 09:30
ED - E.Cousin

On International Women’s Day (March 8) this year, I want to pay tribute to the girls and women who dream big. Empowering women empowers humanity. At the World Food Programme, we believe that women and girls who are empowered will lead to our ultimate goal, a world with zero hunger. Women and their work – paid and unpaid -- are central to the production, preparation and provision of food, so are essential to food and nutrition security.

While every March 8 we celebrate the many images of women, there is another picture that comes to mind, of women’s hunger and deprivation. A WFP gender assessment of one of the poorest countries in the world in 2014 found women had half the time that men had to rest in the course of a day. At 7am, when men woke up to have their breakfast, women had already worked for two hours to prepare the food, fetch water and get the children washed and they also went to bed later.

We will only achieve a zero hunger world when women, girls, men and boys have equal opportunities, equal access to resources, and a regular voice in the decisions that shape their world. Picture the future.

Watch a documentary about Nimdoma and a group of fellow climbers here.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
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
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

 

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme

ROME - Picture it -- a Nepali schoolgirl on the top of Mount Everest. At primary school, where she received WFP school meals, Nimdoma used to dream of doing extraordinary things. She made her dream come true and didn’t stop at Everest, which she conquered when she was 17 years old. Nimdoma, a wonderful example of women’s empowerment, went on to climb the highest mountain on every continent with a Nepali, all-woman, climbing team.

645479
03/04/2015 - 10:32

This contribution from Japan arrives as the conflict in Syria enters its fifth year and affected families continue to face the hardship of displacement and refugee life in the midst of a bitterly cold winter. A portion of this contribution will also be dedicated to supporting vulnerable Jordanians who have been impacted by the influx of more than 623,000 Syrian refugees to Jordan.

“We have always been able to rely on Japan to help us respond to the needs of families affected by this ongoing crisis,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for Syria and the Neighbouring Countries. “Thanks to this generous contribution from the Government of Japan, now one of our top 10 donors for our Syria response, WFP will be able to continue supporting vulnerable Syrian families who rely on us to survive.”

To date, Japan has contributed over US$45 million to WFP’s Syria Crisis emergency response, which provides life-saving food assistance to more than four million Syrians who have been displaced across all 14 governorates of Syria in addition to at least two million Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Inside Syria, WFP provides food rations, while refugees in the neighbouring countries primarily receive assistance through WFP’s electronic food vouchers programme that allows them to buy the food they need from local shops.

The most vulnerable families affected by the Syrian crisis could easily fall victim to hunger without WFP’s support, which is made possible through the commitment of donors like the Government of Japan. WFP requires US$28 million each week to continue to meet the food needs of those affected by the conflict in Syria.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +2 010 666 34352
Dina Elkassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2614, Tel. +2 010 152 18882
Joelle Eid, WFP/Amman, Mob. +962 7 972 79403

 

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$15.39 million from the Government of Japan towards its emergency food assistance programmes supporting more than 6 million conflict-affected Syrians both inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries.

645437
03/02/2015 - 13:38

The design competition, organised by WFP Nepal, was a two-day event that saw the participation of 152 students from ten different schools. On the first day, professional artists taught the children basic drawing and painting skills. The following day, the competition began with brief addresses by the Principal of the hosting school, Nagendra Singh, and WFP officials, on Zero Hunger and how the community can achieve it.  

The competition concluded with an exhibition of the children’s artwork, attended by parents, teachers and district officials. The students used the exhibition to involve their families and friends in a lively conversation about hunger, education and art.

Among those participating in the art competition was Anita Dhakal, whose drawing portrayed some fruits, a family and a village. “For me, zero hunger means everyone has food whenever they want. If we're not hungry then we can be active, we can play and run,” said the eight-year-old, who wants to be a teacher when she grows up.

In 2014, WFP provided mid-day meals to 180,283 children in 2,115 primary schools in Nepal.  Globally, every year WFP feeds around 20 million children through its school feeding programmes. School meals are an effective tool in breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty, both by encouraging enrolment and attendance, and by improving students’ ability to concentrate and learn.

“The World Food Programme’s art competition sends a very positive message. It helps children cultivate their artistic skills as well as teaches them about food and nutrition,” said Singh.  
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Sakun Gajurel, WFP/Nepal, Tel: +977 1 526 0607 (2431)
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Dailekh – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has held its Annual Children’s Design Competition at the Bhairabnath Higher secondary school, Naumule Bazar in Dailekh district. The theme for this year’s competition is “Zero Hunger: Infinite Possibilities”. The competition takes place across the world in schools where WFP runs school meals programmes. WFP and the Government of Nepal have been distributing school meals to children in Nepal since 1996.

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03/02/2015 - 09:49
School Meals

“I thank Canada for this substantial contribution allowing WFP to extend school feeding to include many vulnerable Syrian refugee children as well as those from the Egyptian host community adversely affected by the refugee influx,” said Lubna Alaman, WFP Country Director and Representative in Egypt.

“Through a comprehensive educational assistance package, the Government of Canada, partnering with WFP, aims to address constraints facing both Syrian refugees and their host communities in Egypt,” explained His Excellency Troy Luluashnyk, Ambassador of Canada to Egypt.

“Globally, Canada is committed to support development programming in three thematic areas focused on children and youth; food security and sustainable economic growth. This initiative provides support to schools, government services and vulnerable community members addressing these three key areas,” he added.

With an emphasis on areas with a high ratio of Syrian refugees, children in 280 targeted schools will receive nutritious snacks in the form of fortified date bars to encourage their enrolment and their retention in class.

Continuing donor support is essential for Syrian refugees suffering from being displaced multiple times and for prolonged periods, resulting in increased vulnerability, given limited opportunities to earn any income. As a consequence, many Syrian refugees have been forced to withdraw their children from school and – like many vulnerable children in Egypt – Syrian youngsters have had to start to work to help with family expenses.

WFP’s two-year project will support a total of 180,000 children including more than 7,000 Syrian children in Alexandria and Damietta governorates.  The intention is to increase access to, and retention of, Syrian refugee children and their Egyptian peers in the public education system.

WFP will support the Ministry of Education by providing snacks in schools, improving the school learning environment, raising awareness of the importance of education and nutritional best practices among teachers and Syrians, especially women, as well as addressing constraints on their being absorbed into local communities.

A key aspect is to ensure that Syrian children have access to education in Egypt and can integrate into host communities. Providing in-school snacks to encourage school attendance coupled with improving the capacity of schools in areas where many refugees live, relieves the pressure on local schools and avoids further disruption to education for refugees and their peers.

In 2014, more than 235,000 children were supported through WFP’s School Feeding Programme. An additional increase of 100,000 children is planned over the next four years.

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Amina Al Korey, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 0225281730, Mob. +2 01028531535

 

CAIRO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed gratitude to the government of Canada for its donation of CAD$10 million (US$ 8 million) to support WFP school feeding for children of Syrian refugees alongside Egyptian children.

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02/27/2015 - 09:23

WFP welcomed the contributions of US$15.4 million from the United States and US$2.3 million from Australia. The generous funding from both nations will support refugees, and the US gift will also support extremely food insecure households in Karamoja by helping to fill their food gap between April and July.

“These generous contributions have come at a critical time, and will allow WFP to support nearly 460,000 people – both Ugandans and refugees – with life-saving assistance for three to four months,” said WFP Country Representative, Alice Martin-Daihirou.

Martin-Daihirou added that WFP still requires additional funding in order to continue providing full rations to all refugees through the end of the year. WFP needs US$7.6 million per month to provide basic food and nutrition support to refugees.

WFP currently assists 303,000 refugees in Uganda, playing a key role as part of a coordinated effort under the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The influx of people fleeing the conflict in South Sudan over the last 14 months has tripled WFP’s funding requirements to meet refugees’ basic food and nutrition needs, and numbers are projected to grow to 383,000 by December.

In January, a lack of funding forced WFP to cut food rations for 146,000 refugees who had arrived in Uganda before July 2013. The ration cuts – a last-resort measure – have not affected the new South Sudanese refugees arriving in Uganda since fighting broke out in their country in mid-December 2013.

With the new contributions, WFP will also be able to provide a market opportunity for small-scale farmer groups by supporting local food purchases.

Under a government system, refugees are allocated plots of land to build a shelter and grow food. However, they need external assistance – including WFP food and nutrition support – until they are able to adequately provide for themselves through agriculture and other livelihood activities. This can take up to five years.

Since 2014, for all its programmes in Uganda, WFP has received support from (in alphabetical order) Australia, the European Commission, France, Ireland, Japan, the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the United Kingdom, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund and the United States.

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Lydia Wamala, WFP/Kampala, Tel. (office) +256 312 242 000  or  (cell) +256 758 778 037

 

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that new contributions from the United States and Australia will enable the agency to resume distribution of full-size food rations to all refugees in Uganda.

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02/27/2015 - 09:19

During her visit to Chile on 27 February, Cousin will also highlight Chile’s role in sharing its experiences in the fields of nutrition, emergency preparedness and response, and humanitarian assistance through South-South Cooperation.

Cousin will also discuss the five highest-level emergencies that WFP is addressing: Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa.  All five are large in scale, complexity and the humanitarian capacity required. Four of these emergencies involve conflict.

The Executive Director will give a presentation during the global meeting “Women in power and decision-making: making a world of difference.”  The event is hosted by the Government of Chile and UN Women in Santiago de Chile, and is part of the Beijing+20 Campaigns.

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For more information in Chile please contact:
Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri, WFP/Latin America and the Caribbean, email: alejandro.chicheri@wfp.org
Tel. +507 317-3900, Mob. +507 6671-5355

 

SANTIAGO DE CHILE. –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, begins a one-day official visit to Chile tomorrow, when she will meet high-level Chilean officials and participate in an international event to celebrate women’s achievements.

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02/26/2015 - 15:39

Following its shift from “food aid” to “food assistance,” WFP’s nutrition projects in Peru focus on partnering with the Peruvian Government to strengthen food and nutrition programmes and for further reduction of chronic undernutrition and anaemia among children. Under Disaster Preparedness and Response, WFP provides technical support to emergency preparedness and early response processes to address emergencies.

During her visit, the WFP Executive Director will meet high level Peruvian government authorities, where she will discuss WFP’s 50 years of experience and technical expertise in the fight against hunger, child malnutrition and emergency preparedness and response and to explore further cooperation with Peru to help the most vulnerable people achieve food and nutrition security.

WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Miguel Barreto – a Peruvian national -- will accompany Cousin during the visit.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Each year WFP feeds more than 80 million people in more than 70 countries.

For more information in Peru please contact:
Alejandro Lopez-Chicheri, WFP/Latin America and the Caribbean, email: alejandro.chicheri@wfp.org
Tel. +507 317-3900, Mob. +507 6671-5355

 

LIMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, will make an official visit to Peru on 26 February 2015 for high-level meetings on strengthening cooperation and technical exchanges on food security and nutrition.