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650089
07/26/2016 - 13:11

Under a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the Government and WFP will work with partners to design 64 short-term skills courses focused on such areas as improved agricultural techniques, food processing and preserving methods plus climate-change resilience activities.

Kyrgyz Government funding will be used to launch the new courses, to be included in the national vocational education system, across the country by the end of this year.

“Easier access to knowledge and skills training is key to fighting poverty, and this includes short-term skills programmes. By launching a system of accessible educational services for the poor and vulnerable, the government is investing in improving their quality of life, increasing incomes and supporting the socio-economic development of the country,” said Minister of Education and Science Elvira Sarieva.

WFP will provide approximately US$100,000 to develop and test course curricula in the two pilot districts of Bazar-Korgon and Kochkor this year, for national roll-out later.

“WFP’s work in the Kyrgyz Republic focuses on the creation of sustainable income sources for the poor and vulnerable people and communities,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic Ram Saravanamuttu.

“This initiative contributes to sustainable food security, nutrition and resilience among the poorest and most food-insecure groups by developing agricultural skills and capacity and providing them with tools to manage risks such as natural disasters and climate change,” said Saravanamuttu.

“Signing this MoU demonstrates the commitment of Kyrgyz government bodies to unite in their efforts to fight poverty and improve food security for the poorest,” he added.

Courses will be taught through vocational lyceums across the country. Classes will be scheduled throughout the growing season from February to October to support the attendees with knowledge and coaching.

Participants in the MoU include the ministries of Labour and Social Development; Education and Science; Agriculture and Food Industry. The MoU also includes the Agency for Vocational Education and the Kyrgyz National Agrarian University, which will develop the curricula and train faculty while Agriculture ministry staff will provide counselling throughout the courses.

“This MoU links education, science and local agricultural production,” said Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry Turdunazir Bekboev. “We aim to increase the incomes of rural populations while enhancing agricultural productivity.”

Course participants will be selected based on their level of vulnerability with support from the regional offices of the Labour and Social Development ministries.

“This MoU empowers the country to address a number of national priorities to reduce poverty, improve food security and social protection measures to ensure sustainable development for all,” said Minister of Labour and Social Development Kudaibergen Bazarbaev.

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Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Bishkek, Email: elizabeth.zalkind@wfp.org, Tel: +993 312 660033, Mobile: +996 555 940 420

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic today agreed to develop training courses and coaching services related to techniques in agriculture, to improve the knowledge, livelihoods and food security of the poor and vulnerable across the country.

650083
07/25/2016 - 12:00
RBA

ROME – Leaders of two United Nations agencies fighting hunger worldwide have applauded new legislation in the United States aimed at strengthening global food assistance programs in the years ahead.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) praised U.S. President Barack Obama for his 20 July signing of the Global Food Security Act (GFSA), after the bill was passed by the U.S. Congress on 6 July with remarkably broad support.

“The United States is helping to put an even stronger emphasis on how food security and economic development are intertwined, while stressing the central role of small-scale family farmers in the fight against hunger and poverty,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

“This law will have a dramatic impact on the lives of people throughout the world, showing once again why the United States is a leader in promoting food security and helping those who struggle to feed their families so they can start to build their own future,” says WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin.

Strongly promoted by President Obama, the GFSA supports initiatives that focus on developing agriculture, assisting small-scale food producers and improving nutrition, especially for women and children worldwide. It also seeks to improve the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene to poor communities and build their resilience to withstand shocks, such as those stemming from conflict, droughts and floods.

Among other things, the GFSA writes into law the Feed the Future programme, the U.S. government’s global hunger initiative, ensuring it will continue after the Obama presidency ends in January. Feed the Future helps countries struggling to provide their citizens with adequate access to food. It emphasizes the needs of smallholder farmers, particularly women, and has supported WFP’s work in Uganda and other places.

The GFSA also authorizes for the first time USAID’s International Disaster Assistance (IDA) and Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP). This means future White House administrations and future Congresses could more easily make cash assistance available to people experiencing hunger unexpectedly, due to causes such as natural disasters or war.

And the law aims to improve coordination among various U.S. agencies providing overseas aid, to ensure the wisest possible spending practices. The U.S. is the largest bilateral donor to both FAO and WFP.

The bill was passed with bipartisan support, meaning by members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, during a time of great division in U.S. politics. It was sponsored by U.S. Representatives Chris Smith and Betty McCollum and by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Bob Casey.

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FAO leads international efforts to defeat hunger. It helps countries to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. FAO focuses special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world's poor and hungry people. For more information visit: www.fao.org or follow FAO on Twitter @FAOnews @FAOknowledge

About 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 80 countries.

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Peter Mayer, FAO/Rome, peter.mayer@fao.org Tel. + 39 06 570 53304
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington, steve.taravella@wfp.org Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-770-5993
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, gerald.bourke@wfp.org, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, jane.howard@wfp.org, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521

FAO and WFP say law will greatly enhance worldwide efforts to combat hunger and rural poverty

650073
07/20/2016 - 16:28
Contributions to WFP

WFP will use the funds to provide food assistance to more than 88,400 refugees, migrants and asylum seekers from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia as well as members of their host communities, through general food distributions and food vouchers for one year. 

“We are grateful to the German Government and people for this contribution which enables us to provide a package of assistance to vulnerable families in Kassala State,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan. “Refugees and asylum seekers have little to no means of securing their needs. Host communities have also been over-stretched and need support to improve their incomes through programmes that provide them with new skills to build community assets and contribute to the development of their areas.” 

An additional 100,000 refugees and vulnerable Sudanese will receive monthly voucher assistance as part of WFP’s asset-creation and income-generating activities. 

Germany’s contribution will additionally support school feeding for more than 46,500 school children. The grant will also help WFP purchase special nutrition supplements to treat and prevent moderate acute malnutrition among 112,000 pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five for one year. 

Since 2012, Germany has provided a total of US$24.6 million to WFP operations in Sudan, including contributions to the WFP-operated UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS). Germany continues to be among WFP Sudan’s top five donors.

“I am glad that Germany’s contribution can help towards improving the living conditions of refugees and asylum seekers and at the same time assist host communities and vulnerable Sudanese in eastern Sudan,” said Germany’s Ambassador to Sudan Rolf Welberts. “This is part of Germany’s continued commitment to address challenges caused by migration in Sudan and the Horn of Africa as a whole.” 

WFP operations in Sudan remain among its largest and most complex, providing food assistance to vulnerable people in Darfur and other food insecure groups in the east and border areas to the south. 

In 2016, WFP plans to assist 4.6 million vulnerable people in Sudan through a mix of activities which include general food distribution, school feeding, nutrition programmes and food assistance for assets and for training. 

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Amor Almagro, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2114), Mob. +249 912174853 
Abdulaziz Abdulmomin, WFP/Khartoum, Tel. +249 183248001 (ext. 2123), Mob. +249 912167055

 

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of €10 million (approximately US$11.1 million) from the Government of Germany to support nearly 350,000 people in the eastern Sudan state of Kassala. 

650067
07/20/2016 - 11:12
Responding to Emergencies

Malawi is one of the countries in southern Africa worst affected by El Niño-related drought. Its food security crisis is not only due to this year’s unprecedented drought but to the impact of severe flooding and prolonged dry spells last year.

Across southern Africa, as many as 18 million people will require emergency assistance in El Niño affected countries between now and March, with needs peaking in January. Of these, WFP is planning to reach 11.9 million people with food assistance. Malawi is one of half a dozen nations in the region which has declared drought-related disasters in recent months.

Malawi’s already strained food security situation is worsening following the most recent harvest which suffered widespread failure, particularly in the south. Some 80 percent of the affected people are smallholder farmers who rely on what they can produce to feed themselves and their families. This is a country with high levels of stunting – low growth for age – as a result of malnutrition, as well as high rates of HIV/AIDS infections and related deaths which have left many orphans and child-headed households.

“This is a dire situation, one that the world needs to take notice of right now before it’s too late”, said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin who today concluded a three-day visit to Malawi. “I’ve talked with women in rural areas who told me they have enough food for just a few more weeks, after which they will have nothing. We must urgently assist the people of Malawi and those affected by the drought in neighbouring countries, before food insecurity spirals into hunger and starvation.”

WFP concluded its last round of food and cash-based relief in Malawi in April. Seasonal relief for the poorest and most vulnerable is normally offered between January and March at the height of the lean season - that period preceding the harvest during which domestic food stocks become increasingly depleted.

Following floods and drought last year, WFP responded to needs during the last lean season as early as October.  This year, however, emergency relief is starting now – that is because the lean season has already begun in many districts or is soon to start in others. The number of people currently in need in Malawi is two and a half times higher than last year, already a bad year. 

For part of her visit, Ms. Cousin travelled with Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, who has been visiting Malawi as part of a three-nation African tour focusing on economic empowerment and educational opportunities for women and girls, and on partnerships on global health and food security.

Dr. Biden and Ms. Cousin together visited a primary school in Zomba district where students receive WFP school meals which are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. They met farmers whose harvests have suffered badly because of the drought. The WFP Executive Director also met Vice President Saulos Chilima and other government officials.

“It’s very important that we save lives in emergency situations.” said Cousin. “But it’s also vital to offer people hope and opportunities so that they’re better able to withstand shocks and cope for themselves in the future. That’s why we’re working with government and other partners including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on programmes like school meals and support for smallholder farmers – these are initiatives that change lives in the long-term.”

WFP’s regional funding requirements for the most drought-affected countries from now until April next year is US$ 535 million; US$217 million of this is required to cover Malawi’s needs alone. There is a particularly urgent need for funding for Malawi to ensure that food stocks can be procured, transported and pre-positioned before seasonal rains start in November, making many roads in remote areas impassable. 

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David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, Tel. + 27 11 5151577, Mob. + 27 82 9081417
Phillip Pemba, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 (0) 1 744 666, Mob. +265(0)999 972 439
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65133725 Mob. + 39 346 7600806
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

LILONGWE The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun a new round of life-saving relief operations in Malawi where as many as 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of the population – may require emergency assistance in coming months. This is set to become the largest ever emergency food relief operation in the country’s history. 

650062
07/20/2016 - 07:41
Contributions to WFP

The funds will allow WFP to continue its work reducing poverty and food insecurity in the Far-Western region of Nepal into 2017.

“I am delighted that KOICA remains committed to working with WFP in rural Nepal,” said Pippa Bradford, WFP Representative and Country Director. “This generous and timely contribution will help the people of the Far-Western region build more sustainable livelihoods.”

The Saemaul Zero Hunger project was launched in 2012 within two Village Development Committees: Ladagada and Pokhari in Doti District. Over the following three years, the livelihoods of the 1,772 families in these communities improved significantly.

Households contributed their labour and skills to the construction of community assets, including small irrigation canals and ponds which helped irrigate 217 hectares of agricultural land. Fifty-one km of rural roads were constructed or rehabilitated, two new community centres were built and 159 water tap stands installed. Participants received a total of US$810,500 for their labour.  

The next phase will involve more than 5,000 households from five other villages in Doti district – Ganjari, Gaurigaun, Kadamandaon, Khirsain and Sanagaon.

The project aims to build sustainable infrastructure and support resilience in vulnerable rural communities which have had limited access to food and basic services. These goals are achieved through such activities as building small rural and agriculture assets, promoting different types of livelihoods and improving community capacity.

Work in the next phase will follow two models: Korea’s ‘Saemau Undong’ plan, a community-based integrated rural development initiative of the Republic of Korea; and WFP’s cash for assets programme that pays for work to create assets such as roads, irrigation systems, and other facilities used by the community.

“The Korean Government is very glad to continue and scale up the support for the most vulnerable communities in the far west of Nepal,” said Mr. Hyungkyoo Kim, Country Director of KOICA Nepal Office.

“We are committed to assisting the population in Doti for building more sustainable and resilient communities and we strongly believe that the two organizations’ combined modalities and delivery mechanisms will assist populations in dire need.”

The project is funded by the Republic of Korea through the development agency KOICA and implemented by WFP with the Government of Nepal closely involved to ensure alignment with its development priorities. WFP’s implementing partner is Good Neighbours International, working with its local partner, Asal Chhimeki Nepal.

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Seetashma Thapa, WFP/Nepal, Mob. +977 98511 77901

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) - half of a multiyear contribution to the Saemaul Zero Hunger Communities Project in Nepal. 

650060
07/19/2016 - 11:20
Contributions to WFP

“This timely and generous contribution reaffirms Germany’s humanitarian principles and dedication to helping alleviate the suffering of people affected by conflict and poverty in Lebanon,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich. 

Germany’s contribution will allow WFP to continue providing food assistance to over 700,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees and more than 50,000 vulnerable Lebanese. 

WFP supports refugees in Lebanon through its electronic food card (e-card) programme which allows families to purchase their food from any of 450 local shops across Lebanon. The programme has also helped to boost the local economy and create local jobs, with over US$650 million injected into the Lebanese economy to date. 

The Government of Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Programme is using similar e-cards to provide food assistance for Lebanese families. This assistance will be funded by WFP from July until year end.

“Giving each vulnerable person a monthly entitlement of US$27 to meet their food needs protects them from hunger and provides control and choice to meet their most pressing nutritional needs,” added Heinrich.

Since the onset of the Syrian crisis, Germany has been among WFP’s largest donors, supporting its emergency food assistance programmes for displaced people inside Syria as well as refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt with a total of €802 million (US$917.7 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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.

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For more information please contact:
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 15218882
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Katharina Dirr, WFP/Berlin, Tel. +49 30 206 149-18

BEIRUT – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a €100 million (US$113 million) contribution from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development toward its programmes supporting vulnerable Lebanese families and Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

650048
07/15/2016 - 12:03

WFP and NSC will collaborate on the analysis and presentation of data for the production of an annual atlas that includes data from fields that affect food security, such as agricultural production; demographics; poverty rates; education; health; nutrition; and food consumption. This Food Security Atlas, a key instrument to support informed policy-making, will reflect national trends, regional disparities and underlying problems.

NSC and WFP will also collaborate with other partners on the dissemination of food security statistics using geographical information systems (GIS) and mobile technologies, including the development of a stat.kg mobile application. This will strengthen the quality and relevancy of food security statistics and facilitate access to the data.

“The NSC fully recognizes the necessity and importance of enhancing the quality, timeliness, accessibility and effective use of statistical data to improve food security and nutritional decision-making in the Kyrgyz Republic,” NSC Chairman Akylbek Sultanov said at the signing ceremony.

The MoU highlights joint efforts to monitor markets, analyse the prices of food and non-food items, and assess the impact of price volatility on households. It will provide technical support for quick action by the Kyrgyz Government to address any food security changes.

“We look forward to benefitting from WFP’s experience and expertise,” Sultanov added.

WFP and NSC are longstanding partners. This latest initiative consolidates WFP’s support to capacity development in the area of food and nutrition security data. 

“The partnership with the NSC will further empower national institutions to undertake food security analysis in the Kyrgyz Republic, and provide actionable knowledge to improve food security and nutrition across the country,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in the Kyrgyz Republic Ram Saravanamuttu.

 

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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 80 countries.

About National Statistics Committee:

The National Statistical Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (NSC) is the central statistical office of the country responsible for population censuses, household surveys, demographic statistics and a wide range of economic statistics involving establishment and enterprise surveys, as well as prices, international trade (in collaboration with the customs department), the national accounts, government finance, agricultural, labor and social statistics.

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WFP: Elizabeth Zalkind, WFP/Bishkek, email: elizabeth.zalkind@wfp.org, Tel: +993 312 660033, Mobile: +996 555 940 420

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic (NSC) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve the analysis and dissemination of food security statistics in the Kyrgyz Republic. 

650047
07/15/2016 - 11:01
ED - E.Cousin

Some 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s population – need emergency food assistance, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report for 2016/17. This situation will require the largest humanitarian response ever in the country’s history.

For part of her visit, Ms. Cousin will travel with Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States,  who is in Malawi as part of a three-nation African tour focusing on economic empowerment and educational opportunity for women and girls and on partnerships on global health and food security.

While in Malawi, the WFP Executive Director will meet government officials and beneficiaries of WFP food assistance including drought–affected people in Zomba and Lilongwe districts. 

During the visit, journalists will have the opportunity to interview Ms. Cousin and to learn about WFP activities including drought relief, school feeding and support for smallholder farmers.

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Phillip Pemba, WFP/Lilongwe, Tel. +265 (0) 1 744 666, Mob. +265(0)999 972 439 
David Orr, WFP/Johannesburg, tel. + 27 11 5151577, mob. + 27 82 9081417

WFP in Malawi

Regional food crisis

 

LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will visit Malawi next week at a time when the country is facing its worst food security crisis in decades. Ms. Cousin is due to arrive in the southern African country on Monday 18 and to stay till Wednesday 20 July. 

650043
07/14/2016 - 17:31
Responding to Emergencies

At WFP’s request, UNMISS peacekeepers did an assessment of the warehouse on the western edge of Juba on Wednesday and reported extensive looting of food. WFP staff have not yet been able to reach the warehouse to confirm the extent of the losses.

Before the fighting started at the end of last week, more than 4,500 metric tons of food was in the warehouse, enough to provide lifesaving food and nutrition assistance to about 220,000 people for a month. It also held trucks, generators and other relief items.

“WFP strongly condemns the theft of food intended for the poorest and most vulnerable people of South Sudan,” said WFP Deputy Regional Director Vernon Archibald.  “While the extent of the looting is not yet clear, we fear that the loss of these vital food supplies will severely hamper WFP’s ability to assist the tens of thousands of people who have fled their homes because of the violence.”

Regardless of the theft, Country Director Joyce Luma noted that WFP has already provided urgently needed food assistance to thousands of displaced people sheltering at UN peacekeeping bases, using stocks from a smaller warehouse in another part of town.

“In addition to providing food assistance to displace people in Juba, which is our normal role, WFP has also sheltered some 3,000 people in our main office compound, mostly women and children who fled for their lives as fighting raged around us,” said Luma.  “A new mother fled to our compound with her baby son just hours after giving birth.”

Luma added, “At the same time we cannot forget that the dire humanitarian crisis in other parts of South Sudan has not abated, and our teams throughout the country are still providing lifesaving support to millions of people who face severe hunger.”

The warehouse on the west side of Juba serves as WFP’s main logistical hub inside of South Sudan, and is used to supply WFP operations in the rest of the country.

“In past incidents of large-scale looting, WFP has been able to negotiate the return of looted food when those who took it recognized the importance of the humanitarian assistance that WFP provides,” Luma said.  “We hope that the parties responsible for this devastating loss will show their humanity and return the relief supplies so they can be used to assist thousands of innocent civilians who have been caught up in this brutal conflict.”

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Anna Soper, WFP/Juba, +211 922 465 557
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Tel +254 20 762 2179, Mob. +254 707 722 104
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

JUBA, South Sudan – The World Food Programme is outraged by the looting of its main warehouse in Juba. Despite that serious setback, WFP staff have already been distributing vital food assistance to people displaced by the violence in the South Sudanese capital.

650019
07/12/2016 - 10:08
Contributions to WFP

The contribution allows WFP to manage logistics on behalf of the humanitarian community, and facilitate the delivery of assistance from government controlled to the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk – the two oblasts (provinces) in Eastern Ukraine, where people have been most affected by the conflict.

"This significant contribution from the EU is perfectly timed, allowing the WFP-led Logistics Cluster to continue reaching areas where many people do not have the means to secure their most basic needs,” said WFP’s Representative in Ukraine, Dorte Ellehammer.

“We are happy to contribute to this action that will facilitate the swift supply of much needed humanitarian goods in a more coordinated and effective way” said Mamar Merzouk, Head of the European Commission's humanitarian aid office in Ukraine.

The European Union is among WFP’s largest donors, not only through its humanitarian funding for programmes in Ukraine but also thanks to providing vital support towards relief operations in 45 countries around the world.

The European Union is also one of the main donors to the Logistics Cluster, which actively supports all humanitarian organizations present in Ukraine. The cluster facilitates joint humanitarian convoys, assists with administrative preparation required for humanitarian cargo transportation and regularly arranges coordination meetings to improve the response to conflict-affected communities.

As of today, the WFP-led Logistics Cluster has expedited the delivery of more than 4,000 metric tons and 7,000 cubic metres of humanitarian aid, moving more than 200 trucks in 20 joint humanitarian convoys to Luhansk and Donetsk – delivering crucial assistance to those most in need. Besides offering in-kind assistance to populations in non-government controlled areas, EU humanitarian aid has also supported WFP’s cash-based assistance in Government Controlled Areas. WFP is aiming to reach a total of 280,000 beneficiaries from July until end of 2016, requiring a total of US$ 30.6 million.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Deborah Nguyen, WFP/Kiev, Tel.+ 38 050 363 38 57
Krystyna Kovalenko, WFP/Kiev, Tel. +380 50 425 35 64
Patrick Baudry, WFP/Kiev, Tel.+38 050 363 40 19
Yulia Lutska, WFP/Kiev, Tel.+ 38 050 425 18  96

 

KIEV – As the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continues, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of EUR 800,000 (US$ 891,861 ) in humanitarian aid from the European Union (EU) in support of the WFP-led Logistics Cluster in Ukraine.