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642461
07/29/2014 - 09:59

The latest National Nutrition Survey (2011) paints a clear picture of the challenges involved, breaking down the prevalence of micronutrient deficiency among pregnant and nursing women as follows: anemia (52.1 percent), iron deficiency anaemia (37 percent), vitamin A deficiency (46 percent), zinc deficiency (47.6 percent) and vitamin D deficiency (68.9 percent).

Among children under five years of age, the rates were as follows : anaemia (61.9 percent), iron deficiency (43.8 percent), vitamin A deficiency (54 percent), zinc deficiency (39.2 percent) and vitamin D deficiency (40 percent).

“WFP’s partnership with MI, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and the food industry, will sustain and intensify ongoing efforts for food fortification in Pakistan, aiming to holistically target every aspect of the operation from the policy level to the supply chains and via demand creation,” said Peter Scott-Bowden, Deputy Country Director of WFP Pakistan.

“We are commited to working together so that we can adequately provide fortified food and nutrient supplements to those at risk of micronutrient deficiencies. This will boost physical and mental growth among children, and increase labor productivity among adults, enabling them to reach their full human potential,” he added.

The National Nutrition Survey (NNS) identified the salt iodization programme as the only  successful nutrition intervention nationwide, mainly due to strong government ownership of the programme and the active participation of WFP, MI and other partners such as UNICEF and GAIN.

In comparison with the findings of the previous NNS in 2001, it found that biochemical iodine deficiency declined from 57 percent to 18 percent among mothers and from 40 percent to 12 percent among school-aged children. Moreover, maternal goiter declined from 21 percent in 2001 to just 3 percent in 2011 mainly due to households’ increased use of iodised salt from 17 percent in 2001 to 69 percent in 2011.
   
“Stronger collaboration and joint efforts with national and provincial governments under the Scale-Up for Nutrition umbrella and partnership with the industry will certainly enhance the nutrition security of Pakistan’s population” said Dr. Tausif Janjua, Country Director of MI in Pakistan.

This collaboration also aims to strenghten public and private sector capacities at national, provincial and district levels to locally produce fortified food, provide technical assistance and advocate for national food and nutrition policies that address micronutrient deficiencies.

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Amjad Jamal, WFP/Islamabad.+92  51  8312270  Mob: +92 300 850 0989    

 

ISLAMABAD – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) has extended its agreement with the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), an NGO dedicated to eliminating vitamin and mineral deficiencies, in order to continue its food fortification programme and to advocate for the need to address micronutrient-related malnutrition among the people of Pakistan.

642455
07/25/2014 - 19:55
Journalists

“The world should not wait for a famine to be announced while children here are dying each and every day,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, speaking after a visit to the devastated city of Malakal, where tens of thousands of people still take shelter on a UN base. "Today we spoke to mothers who have struggled through conflict, displacement and hunger to stop their children dying. We all have to do more, and quickly, to keep more children alive.”

The UN agency heads said they fear the world is allowing a repeat of what occurred in Somalia and the Horn of Africa just three years ago; when early warnings of extreme hunger and escalating malnutrition went largely unheeded until official famine levels were announced.

"WFP, UNICEF and our partners here on the ground have been working tirelessly to bring assistance to those suffering the consequences of this conflict and we are ready to do more and to reach more," said WFP's Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. "But if we are to rapidly expand our operations and save more lives, then we need more resources, and the international community has to act now."

Nearly 1 million children under five years of age in South Sudan will require treatment for acute malnutrition in 2014, according to UNICEF and WFP. If the world fails to provide the help needed right now to accelerate and scale up life-saving food and nutrition efforts, UNICEF estimates that 50,000 children could die from malnutrition in the course of this year.

Although the conflict is focused in three states of South Sudan, a staggering one in every three people throughout the country – some 3.9 million people - face dangerous levels of food insecurity, with many of them not knowing when and how their next meal is coming.

The unremitting cycle of violence in South Sudan, which has caused the displacement of more than a million people inside the country, over half of them children, has disrupted agricultural activities as well as provision of social services, trading, and the operation of markets, causing massive loss of livelihoods.

Additionally, the lack of access to health care and safe water and sanitation facilities is putting children at a dangerously high risk of acute malnutrition. The situation is compounded by the challenges faced by humanitarian workers in reaching children and families most in need due to the fighting, lack of infrastructure, limited partners and shortages of funding.

Attention broadcasters: Broadcast-quality video B-roll is available. Please contact: Marco Frattini at marco.frattini@wfp.org and Suzanne Mary Beukes at smbeukes@unicef.org
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For additional information, please contact:

James Elder, UNICEF East and Southern Africa (on mission to South Sudan),
Tel: +211959111100, jelder@unicef.org

Sarah Crowe, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 646 209 1590, scrowe@unicef.org

Challiss McDonough, Senior Regional Spokeswoman, World Food Programme (WFP) Tel: +254-707-722-104, challiss.mcdonough@wfp.org

George Fominyen, Public Information Officer World Food Programme (WFP) South Sudan Tel: + 211 (0) 922465247, george.fominyen@wfp.org

JUBA, 26 July 2014: The heads of UNICEF and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that children in South Sudan cannot wait any longer before the world takes action, as they met severely malnourished children and their mothers affected by the conflict in the world's newest country.

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07/24/2014 - 16:42

The contribution came from the European Commission's Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), which was the fourth largest donor to WFP Yemen in 2013, when it provided some US$10 million in funding.

“Once again, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the consistent and generous support from ECHO,” said WFP Yemen Representative and Country Director Bishow Parajuli. “It demonstrates their commitment to improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.”

Some US$7.3 million of the ECHO donation will be used to provide food assistance to displaced families, the numbers of whom have surged in recent weeks due to the ongoing conflict in Amran, while the remainder will be used to purchase supplementary food to treat acute malnutrition.

The food will be distributed under WFP’s new Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), which aims to assist some six million of the most vulnerable and poorest Yemenis over the next two years, at a cost of nearly US$500 million.

The project includes food and cash distributions, food or cash for work and assets, treatment and prevention of acute and chronic malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies, and meals and take-home rations for children regularly attending school.

“With an operation of this scale, we rely even more heavily on the generosity of our donors,” said Parajuli. “We hope many others will follow ECHO’s example.”

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Robin Lodge, WFP/Sana’a, Tel. +967-1-214100 ext. 2111, Mob. +967-738611778
Fares Khoailed, WFP/Sana’an, Tel.  +967-1-214100 ext. 2112, Mob.  +967-735020663

 

SANA’A – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed its gratitude to the European Union (EU) for its latest donation of €6 million (US$8 million), which will be used to provide food assistance to internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees, as well as supporting WFP’s efforts to combat malnutrition.

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07/24/2014 - 13:38

This contribution is part of a US$9.5 million total contribution from Kuwait to UN agencies and the International Organization of Migration to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in Iraq.

“Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been forced out of their villages. Their situation is worsening by the day and they are in urgent need of assistance. The timely contribution of Kuwait will help WFP provide food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families who fled to the three governorates of the Kurdistan Regional Government as well as those living in shelters and camps in Nineveh, Babel, Karbala and Kirkuk,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director of the WFP office in Iraq.

Despite a challenging security situation and displaced people on the move, WFP has distributed food to close to 133,000 people since mid-June and plans to scale up its operation to reach over 200,000 displaced people in the coming weeks.
    
“We are extremely grateful and humbled by the generosity of the State of Kuwait and its people as they continue to support our multiple emergency operations around this region,” said Pearce. “Kuwait plays a pioneering role in supporting humanitarian efforts and mobilizing the international community to provide desperately needed funds, as shown in their significant contributions for the Syria emergency for two years in a row.”

Before the latest wave of displacements, starting with the violence in Mosul, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.
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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
Laure Chadraoui, WFP/UAE, Mob. +971506502338
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 9178564, Mob.  +41 79 4734570

 

 

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the government of Kuwait to help bring desperately-needed food to thousands of Iraqi families displaced from their homes due to the conflict that started in Mosul in June.

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07/23/2014 - 15:11
Responding to Emergencies

WFP is mobilizing more food to the Gaza strip through local procurement and by airlifting food from the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai.

“The conflict in Gaza has affected a large number of people and the food needs rise every day,” says WFP Country Director, Pablo Recalde. “Most internally displaced families fled to UN schools used as shelters, while others found refuge with relatives or in government schools.”

•    Working closely with its sister agency the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), WFP has been providing emergency food rations to those displaced in UNRWA schools used as shelters

•    WFP has distributed emergency electronic food vouchers to approximately 6,380 displaced Palestinians sheltering with host families. With the vouchers, families can purchase nutritious foods in nearby shops and with the launch of a joint emergency programme by WFP and UNICEF, voucher recipients can also purchase water and sanitary items.  

•    People who have taken refuge in government (non-UNRWA) schools, as well as patients and health workers in hospitals are also receiving a daily emergency food ration.

•    Regular food distributions to the 285,000 people who receive WFP assistance every month in the Gaza Strip are still underway and food has already been pre-positioned for a round of distributions scheduled for the first week of August. WFP and UNRWA together provide food assistance to two-thirds of the total population of the Gaza strip.  

•    WFP needs an immediate US$30 million until the end of the year, US$10 million additional for the emergency response in Gaza and US$20 million to continue its regular programmes in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Colin Kampschoer, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2280, Mob. +972 546773136
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600 Mob. +2 010 666 34352
Rossella Fanelli, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 2 5401340 2210 Mob. +972 54 6773160
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
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

 

GAZA – Two weeks of escalated violence have left more than 115,000 people in the Gaza Strip in urgent need of food assistance. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has already reached over 100,000 with emergency food rations since the crisis started but is running low on ready-to-eat food stocks as needs continue to increase.

642420
07/22/2014 - 21:11

The first of 23 WFP-chartered flights from the Syrian capital of Damascus landed at Qamishli airport, bringing critically needed food rations including rice, lentils, oil, pasta, bulgar, canned food, wheat flour, beans, salt and sugar for 4,000 people.

Subsequent flights will carry rations for 50,000 people for one month, ready-to-eat foods, and other humanitarian assistance such as life-saving medicine to meet the immediate needs of new arrivals in the area.

In search of safety, thousands of conflict-affected families in northeastern Syria have fled to Al Hassakeh and Qamishli, both urban centres where chronic food shortages and high food prices are putting more families at risk of hunger each day. The crisis is exacerbated by the influx of refugees fleeing violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul taking refuge in these Syrian towns.

“The dire humanitarian situation in the governorate is rapidly deteriorating as more and more families are pushed further into food insecurity,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Syria crisis.

“WFP is seeing desperate families in Al Hassakeh who, in the absence of adequate humanitarian assistance, are resorting to dangerous ways of surviving,” said Hadi. “We are seeing moderate malnutrition amongst children and we urgently need access to their communities to prevent more children from falling victim.”

WFP has resorted to costly airlifts to rescue thousands of families from hunger because all roads into the area are blocked.  Al Hassakeh has been blockaded for most of the last year.

In this time the border crossing between Turkey and Syria at Nusaybin was opened for deliveries of humanitarian supplies on two occasions.  But without sustained road access WFP was forced to use emergency airlifts to Al Hassakeh from Erbil (in Iraq) in December 2013; and from Damascus in August 2013 and March 2014.

Syria is WFP’s most complex emergency worldwide.  People are trapped by conflict and in inaccessible places. WFP hopes that a recently adopted UN Security Council Resolution will facilitate food deliveries to some 650,000 critically vulnerable people in hard-to-reach locations.

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Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Amman, Tel. +962 6 515 4009 Mob. +962 7 9867 4638
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mob. +20 1066634352. Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600
Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 9178564, Mob.  +41 79 4734570
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel. +44 207 2409001, Mob. +44 796 8008474
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39  06 65133854, Mob. +39 347 945 0634

 

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) started today airlifting food for a total of 50,000 of the most vulnerable displaced people in Syria’s northeastern Al Hassakeh governorate as food deliveries by road are blocked and concern is rising about growing needs.

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07/22/2014 - 13:57

The funds will provide much-needed food assistance to displaced people and other vulnerable groups across the country.  This donation brings ECHO’s total contribution this year to WFP Sudan to €13,994,000 (US$ 19.1 million).

“We are deeply grateful to ECHO for this added contribution coming at a time when Sudan is in the middle of the lean season, when food insecurity peaks among vulnerable people,” said WFP Sudan Country Director Adnan Khan.  

In 2014, WFP plans to assist 4.1 million people across Sudan, of whom 3.2 million live in the conflict-affected region of Darfur. ECHO’s contribution will be used to support WFP’s operations in Darfur particularly through cash and vouchers that benefit half a million people.  The contribution will also support WFP’s programmes to improve the poor nutritional status of more than 182,000 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Darfur.  

Beyond the Darfur region, ECHO’s contribution will help to assist some 80,800 children, pregnant women and nursing mothers in Kassala, Red Sea and South Kordofan states. It will also support some 38,350 refugees in Kassala state, 149,500 vulnerable people in South Kordofan and another 35,000 internally displaced people in North Kordofan through food voucher programmes.  

“We are deeply concerned with the rising insecurity across the Darfur region which has led to the displacement of more than 400,000 people in the first half of 2014, with 260,000 yet to return to their homes. Elevated malnutrition rates and the grim food security outlook in the months ahead remind us that Sudan, especially the conflict-affected region of Darfur and the states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan should not be forgotten,” said Claus Sorensen, Director General of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department.  

ECHO is the third largest donor to WFP in Sudan, one of the agency’s largest and most complex operations, providing food assistance to people suffering from conflict, displacement and chronic under-nourishment in Darfur, as well as in the east and border areas to the south.

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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 an additional contribution of €9.1 million (US$12.3 million) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to its operations in Sudan.

642394
07/22/2014 - 11:21
Responding to Emergencies

More than 90 percent of the supplies were delivered to the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria, where conflict has displaced millions of people and cut off communities. Insecurity, limited humanitarian access and rains often mean food and other supplies cannot be moved by road or boat.

From January to June 2014, WFP Aviation delivered some 7,600 metric tons (mt) of food as well as 1,189 mt of relief supplies and equipment for WFP and for other humanitarian organizations to 21 countries. The total figure of 8,789 mt of cargo is over 56 times what was transported by air during the same six-month period in 2013, when 156 mt was delivered.

“Dealing with simultaneous emergencies in three countries – the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Syria – meant calling on our deep expertise in tough places and WFP’s ability to scale up swiftly  to deliver life-saving supplies to people in desperate need,” said Cesar Arroyo, Chief, WFP Aviation, at a briefing in Geneva. “Thankfully, our donors have supported this effort.”

Of the total 8,789 mt of cargo, the largest share – 53 percent – was flown to South Sudan, 22 percent to the Central African Republic and 16 percent to Syria.  

In addition, WFP Aviation in March 2014 began airdropping urgently needed food to inaccessible areas of South Sudan; carrying out a total of 236 airdrops for 300,000 people by the end of June.

Airlifts are carried out when aircraft can safely land to unload humanitarian supplies, including fragile cargo such medicines, whereas airdrops are carried out in communities where suitable landing facilities are not available.

WFP Aviation has had to overcome a shortage of sufficient air assets and drastic cost variations on the charter market during emergencies, as well as bureaucratic hurdles and insufficient cargo-handling infrastructure and airports in many countries.

Timely and flexible funding is crucial to allow WFP to pre-position food by other means than air, particularly in areas at high risk of natural disasters, or where the rainy season will make communities and towns inaccessible.

However, significant security risks, limited humanitarian access due to blocked roadways and poor infrastructure as well as the looting of food stocks means that WFP Aviation air delivery is sometimes the only effective way to reach people in desperate need in emergencies.

For photos of WFP Aviation operations click here:
https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcyak96SEJoMlZYd3NUQw   
For video footage of WFP Aviation click here:
https://www.hightail.com/download/ZUcyak8wNXZUWUNKUmNUQw
For infographic of WFP Aviation click here:
http://documents.wfp.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/communications...

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Elisabeth Byrs, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. +41 79 473 4570
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3725, Mob. +39 3467600806
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1-202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-770-5993

 

 

 

 

GENEVA – A surge of conflict in the first half of this year prompted a more than fifty-fold increase in the amount of life-saving food and goods moved globally by air by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in need, compared to the same period last year.

642361
07/18/2014 - 09:16

“The Japanese government has always placed humanitarian issues, such as refugee issues or poverty reduction, at the centre of its attention,” said Ambassador Suzuki, Japan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia. “We understand that our support to WFP at this point is very crucial as thousands of refugees are crossing the border. In order to address humanitarian issues in Ethiopia, Japan has contributed US$13.1 million to WFP and other agencies in 2014.”

Japan’s contribution of US$4.2 million has been used to purchase a month’s worth of wheat and two months’ worth of vegetable oil for more than 315,000 refugees.  

“This help from Japan comes at a time when we need to step up our efforts as Ethiopia hosts the largest number of South Sudanese refugees in the region,” said Abdou Dieng, WFP’s Representative and Country Director in Ethiopia, who accompanied the Ambassador to Gambela.  “We are extremely grateful for the generous contribution from Japan.”

In Ethiopia, WFP works closely with the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR and the government to assist roughly 580,000 refugees from Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and South Sudan.  WFP Ethiopia still needs more  than US$42 million until the end of the year to support the refugee operation, including the 170,000 South Sudanese who have sought shelter here since December 2013.

At the border points in Gambela, WFP is distributing calorie-packed High Energy Biscuits for asylum-seekers who have walked for days to reach safety. Having settled in the camps, WFP provides the refugees with a monthly general food ration consisting of cereals, rice, fortified blended food, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and iodised salt, for their daily nutritional requirements.

The Japanese government is an important donor in Ethiopia, having contributed US$19.2 million to WFP’s refugee operation alone since 2013. Besides refugee assistance, Japan’s generous support has also been critical for WFP’s relief operation in the country as well as MERET (Managing Environmental Resources to Enable Transition) and PSNP (Productive Safety Net Programme). Japan has contributed a total of US$79 million to WFP in Ethiopia since 2008.

In addition to supporting WFP, the Japanese government has also contributed to other UN agencies in Ethiopia, including UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, FAO and WHO, amounting to a total of US$8.8 million in 2014.

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Stephanie Savariaud – WFP/Addis Ababa, Mob.: +251 911 201976
Melese Awoke – WFP/Addis Ababa, Mob.: +251 911 201981

 

ADDIS ABABA – The Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, H.E. Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, visited refugee camps in Gambela yesterday (Thursday 17 July) to see how the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing critically-needed food assistance to South Sudanese refugees, thanks to Japan’s contribution of US$4.2 million.

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07/17/2014 - 14:29
Responding to Emergencies

WFP is distributing emergency food vouchers in areas where shops are functioning as an innovative solution for food assistance at a time when banks in the Gaza Strip are closed and household incomes are at risk. It also transported food including wheat flour, bread and canned tuna from its warehouses ready for distributions to 85,000 people in the next days as security conditions permit.

“The food needs in Gaza are urgent. We are seeing the effectiveness of WFP’s food assistance programmes, which provides the opportunity for a rapid response and flexibility to scale-up emergency food assistance if the need arises,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde.

Recalde was taking part in an inter-agency mission taking advantage of the pause in fighting to assess emergency needs.

Since the onset of the latest conflict, WFP has remained operational with distributions of food to hospitals and families hosting displaced relatives. WFP has provided emergency food rations and food vouchers to more than 20,000 displaced people and has food stocks in position for emergency distributions to newly-displaced families, as needs arise.

WFP provides food assistance to more than 600,000 of the most vulnerable people in Palestine; 285,000 in Gaza and 318,800 in the West Bank. Together, WFP and UNRWA provide food assistance to approximately 67 percent of the total population of the Gaza Strip.

To continue its food assistance programmes in Palestine, WFP, which is funded by voluntary contributions, needs an immediate US$20 million until the end of the year. Meeting the needs as a result of the emergency in Gaza will require additional resources.

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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.     

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media and @wfp_mena

For more information please contact (email address:firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Colin Kampschoer, WFP/Jerusalem, Tel. +972 25401340, Mob. +972 546773136
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Erbil, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Shaimaa Fayed, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 25281730/4
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
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob. +1 646 8241112

 

GAZA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has taken advantage of a five-hour humanitarian truce to provide emergency food assistance to thousands of people affected by the escalation in violence and to move food stocks into position around the Gaza Strip.