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642848
08/27/2014 - 16:27
Responding to Emergencies

This week 2,000 displaced families in Karbala received food assistance after WFP sent convoys from Erbil in the northern Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) area – using a corridor along the Iranian border to avoid volatile security in the area. More convoys will depart daily from Erbil to Karbala until all 15,000 families registered there have received assistance.

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is extremely challenging,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe. “Thanks to the generous contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, WFP has been prepared to provide food to communities that need it most and are in a very difficult and complex security situation.”

Throughout the country more than 1 million people have been displaced – many without access to food, water or other basic needs. They are living in unfinished buildings, mosques, churches, parks and schools.

“Our team met an Iraqi woman who arrived in Karbala from Mosul in July with her five children and three grandchildren. She said that until she got her food parcels from WFP this week, she had been living hand-to-mouth through random meal donations from citizens,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director for WFP in Iraq.

WFP’s primary food assistance in Karbala, and in most governorates across Iraq, consists of food parcels containing essential items such as rice and cooking oil. Each parcel feeds a family of five for one month. WFP also distributes emergency ready-to-eat rations such as canned food, which provide immediate relief – especially to people still on the move. A third type of assistance is through emergency kitchens providing hot meals to people who fled persecution in Sinjar in the northern Nineveh governorate.

“We have different methods to assist people in Iraq. Some people have settled in areas where they have access to cooking facilities, others need immediate relief after days on the road and in the heat. The tailored assistance ensures we can meet people’s urgent nutritional needs,” said Pearce.

WFP’s operations in Iraq have been significantly scaled up in recent weeks, thanks to a US$148.9 million contribution in July from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that has helped the agency to respond quickly to the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Before the latest wave of displacement, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.

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Broadcast-quality video footage showing people displaced from the fighting in Iraq and WFP food distribution can be downloaded at this link:
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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
Shaimaa Fayed, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 2008 4172
Laure Chadraoui, WFP/UAE, Mob. +971506502338
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1 646 5566909, Mob.  +1 646 8241112

 

KARBALA, IRAQ – Food aid convoys from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have reached displaced Iraqis in Karbala, southwest of Baghdad, bringing the number of people receiving food assistance to over 700,000 people since the start of violence in mid-June.

642843
08/27/2014 - 12:38

After a seven-hour drive from Alexandria – where the food was procured – across the Sinai Peninsula, WFP’s trucks arrived at the Rafah crossing. The convoy of 18 trucks carried 15,600 food parcels – part of a total batch of 25,000 food parcels. The parcels include ready-to-eat food  such as canned meat, canned beans, tea and dates. A second convoy with the remaining parcels is expected to cross into Gaza in the next few days. This is the first time that WFP has used the Rafah crossing point since the start of the Gaza blockade in 2007.  

“It is extremely important that we have access to the Gaza Strip from different routes including the Rafah crossing to ensure a constant flow of humanitarian supplies to meet the growing needs of the people affected by the recent violence. We are grateful to the Government of Egypt for opening the Rafah crossing and allowing WFP to procure food in Egypt,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe.

To respond to the urgent need for humanitarian aid in Gaza, the UN in Palestine has activated the logistics cluster. Under the leadership of WFP, the cluster is in charge of coordinating the movement of humanitarian assistance into Gaza. The Egyptian Red Crescent is coordinating all the crossing of humanitarian goods through Rafah.

“The opening of the Rafah crossing for humanitarian aid provides a major opportunity to scale up aid delivery to Gaza and needs to be sustained,” says WFP Country Director Pablo Recalde. “WFP has provided emergency relief from the onset of the conflict and will continue its food deliveries to Gaza to reach people affected by the conflict”.

Since the start of the conflict at the beginning of July, WFP has provided daily emergency food rations to up to 350,000 displaced people in Gaza, while reaching more than 120,000 people with emergency vouchers. WFP and its partners are constantly reviewing the needs on the ground to provide the necessary assistance.
 
To continue its food assistance programmes in Palestine, WFP requires approximately US$70 million for its humanitarian response in Gaza for a period of three months.  

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For broadcast-quality video from Gaza, please contact jonathan.dumont@wfp.org
High-resolution photos from Gaza are available. Please contact rein.skullerud@wfp.org

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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):
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
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634.
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1 646 8241112

 

 

GAZA – For the first time since 2007, a humanitarian convoy of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) successfully crossed from Egypt into the Gaza Strip today, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000 people for five days.

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08/27/2014 - 10:29

The maps were developed in a joint exercise by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS), the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

“With these latest poverty maps we have responded to demand from policy makers, researchers and the development partners. It will also facilitate the ongoing efforts to prepare database of the poor people across the country ” said Md. Nojibur Rahman, Secretary, Statistics and Informatics Division, Ministry of Planning at the launch ceremony in Dhaka.  

“The latest poverty maps provide disaggregated poverty estimates to better understand the geographical variations in poverty incidence,” explained Golam Mostafa Kamal, Director General, BBS.

“The poverty map is an essential planning tool that provides powerful visuals to identify poor areas with greater accuracy,” said State Minister Mannan in Dhaka. “The poverty map 2010 will also provide inputs for the Seventh Five Year Plan, keeping in view the targets proposed under Vision 2021.”   

While Bangladesh has made impressive economic and social gains over the past decade, poverty levels continue to be a challenge with around 32 percent of people living below the poverty line in 2010. These maps show that poverty rates vary considerably according to location, with pronounced inequalities at the division, district (zila) and sub-district (upazila) levels.

“Comparing poverty maps with maps of social and other indicators that are correlated with poverty helps identify key impediments and bottlenecks that poor people face. I hope the Government will find the poverty maps helpful to plan better targeted interventions,” said Salman Zaidi, Lead Economist, World Bank.

The maps show that the northern and southern districts, apart from Barisal, have a high prevalence of poverty and low primary school completion rates. Similarly, poverty appears to be high in chronic disaster-prone areas, such as the districts along the Jamuna River where communities are repeatedly affected by river erosion and flooding, and in the south-west which is prone to cyclones, tidal surges, salt water intrusion and water-logging.

“These poverty maps also provide a good indication of where the most food insecure areas of the country are.  In Bangladesh, with well-functioning markets, people’s purchasing power remains the most important factor in their access to food,” said WFP Representative Christa Räder.

The Bangladesh Poverty Map 2010 and the Bangladesh Extreme Poor Poverty Map 2010 show the incidence of poverty (percentage of people living below the upper poverty line) and the incidence of extreme poverty (percentage of people living below the lower poverty line) respectively in each upazila. The zila and upazila estimates of poverty have been produced by applying a Small Area Estimation technique on data from the 2010 Household Income and Expenditure Survey and the 2011 Census.

Links to Population Below The Lower Poverty Line Map and Population Below The Upper Poverty Line Map.

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For more information please contact:

From WFP:
Christa Räder, Representative, Tel: +880-2-9183022-33
Kayenat Kabir, Sr Programme Officer, Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, Tel: +880-2-9183022-33 Email: kayenat.kabir@wfp.org
Web: www.wfp.org/countries/Bangladesh

From the World Bank:
Mehrin Ahmed Mahbub, Communication Officer, Tel: +880 2 8159001 Email: mmahbub@worldbank.org
Web: www.woldbank.org/bd

From BBS:
Zahidul Hoque Sardar, Director, Census Wing Tel: +880 2 9110823
Web: www.bbs.gov.bd

 

DHAKA – The Honourable State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Planning, M.A. Mannan MP, today launched the Bangladesh Poverty Maps 2010. This is the third generation of poverty maps in Bangladesh, which is an important statistical instrument for estimating the poverty incidence up to sub-district (upazila) levels.

642834
08/26/2014 - 15:44
WFP Ambassadors

“I am honoured and delighted that Sami is adding his powerful voice to the push for zero hunger,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin.  “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to helping WFP address the needs of the hungry and in his new role as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger he can take this to a whole new level.”

Yusuf has already visited WFP operations providing food assistance to Syrian refugees in Jordan and he has seen how WFP works to improve access to nutritious food in Egypt.  In the past, he has donated proceeds from the sale of his records to support WFP’s work in response to the Horn of Africa drought in 2011 and, more recently, he dedicated one of his songs to the survivors of last year’s Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

“Hunger is a tragic contradiction in an age that’s known for mass production and consumption,” said Sami Yusuf.  “It’s a sad reality that kills not only bodies but also a people’s spirit and hopes for future prosperity and peace of mind.  It is a privilege to have been appointed Global Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP and to be given the opportunity to serve such a noble and noteworthy cause.  I will strive to do my utmost to help eradicate hunger – something that simply should not exist in our time.”

As a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, Yusuf joins an influential group of international celebrities and sports men and women, including the actress, Drew Barrymore, the singer, Christina Aguilera, Chelsea Football Club Manager, Jose Mourinho and the footballer, Kaka.  

As a multi-million album-selling artist, Yusuf has a huge international following.  Yusuf actively engages with his loyal fan base on social media, reaching out to millions through his profiles on Facebook and Twitter, which he has used to draw attention to the activities of WFP in response to hunger crises around the world.

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Hunger Facts:
•    842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat.
•    Poor nutrition causes nearly half of all deaths among children under the age of 5 years.
•    One in four of the world’s children are stunted and in some developing countries, this figure can be as high as one in three.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 6663 4352
Laure Chadraoui, WFP/Dubai, Mobile: +971506502338
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634

 

ROME – The internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and composer, Sami Yusuf, has today joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as a Global Ambassador Against Hunger.  Yusuf, who is a long-term supporter of WFP, will use his status as a hunger Ambassador to raise awareness about WFP’s life-saving work on the frontlines of hunger and to advocate on behalf of the hungry and vulnerable.

642829
08/26/2014 - 09:19

“Many households’ earthen cooking stoves have been destroyed or are under water.  The distribution of fortified biscuits provides much needed relief assistance to them,” explained WFP Representative Christa Räder.

Due to the ongoing rain and flooding as well as the breach of embankments, many people have been displaced from their homes and have sought refuge in shelters and on other embankments.  Others, who have nowhere else to go, have remained in their flooded homes.

A total of 23 metric tons of biscuits are being distributed. The distributions began on Sunday in all three affected areas.

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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

For more information please contact:
Christa Räder, Representative, WFP/Bangladesh, Tel. +880-2-9183022-33, christa.rader@wfp.org Web: www.wfp.org/countries/Bangladesh | Facebook: www.facebook.com/WFP.Bangladesh

 

DHAKA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has begun distributing biscuits fortified with micronutrients to more than 30,000 people severely affected by recent floods in six upazilas of Kurigram, and one upazila each in Sirajganj and Jamalpur. WFP is working in coordination with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and local government.

642824
08/25/2014 - 14:50

“As we expand our capacity to airdrop more food into South Sudan, I take this opportunity to thank the Ethiopian authorities and our partners for their unwavering support to this giant logistical operation,” said WFP Country Director Abdou Dieng in Jimma. “Ethiopia is a vital corridor for food deliveries into South Sudan and this year over 500 flights have operated from Ethiopia, carrying essential food assistance to those desperately in need.”

WFP has delivered food into South Sudan through Ethiopia by air, road and river. Of the more than 123,000 metric tons of food that WFP has dispatched to locations in South Sudan since the beginning of the year, some 18,000 metric tons have travelled through Ethiopia so far, enough to feed more than 300,000 people for three months.

Fifteen WFP aircraft, based in Ethiopia, Uganda and inside South Sudan, transport food for the South Sudan humanitarian response. The Ethiopia-based aircraft include four airdrop-capable Ilyushin-76 airplanes based in Gambela and Jimma, while an additional two C-130 aircraft from Asosa support food deliveries by airlift – in which the plane lands to unload – for refugees in Maban County, South Sudan.

Within Ethiopia, WFP – working with UNHCR, the government refugee agency ARRA and NGO partners – also provides lifesaving food and nutrition assistance to more than 230,000 South Sudanese refugees, most of whom have arrived in the country since December.  

The influx of South Sudanese fleeing conflict has raised the overall number of refugees in Ethiopia to more than 627,000, the largest refugee population in Africa.  At border crossing points, WFP distributes calorie-packed High Energy Biscuits to give an immediate boost to the many South Sudanese who arrive exhausted and famished after walking for days to reach safety.  

WFP and its partners are also distributing monthly rations of grains, pulses, vegetable oil, sugar and salt in refugee camps, and provide special nutritional supplements to treat more than 27,000 malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. Despite these efforts, malnutrition rates remain above emergency thresholds, with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) affecting more than one-quarter of children under the age of 5.

More funds are urgently needed to ensure WFP can continue and expand efforts to meet vital food and nutritional needs. WFP requires US$40 million to provide food and nutrition assistance through the end of the year to all refugees in Ethiopia, including newly arrived refugees from South Sudan.

“It is absolutely critical that we receive the resources needed to continue uninterrupted food assistance for the refugees, who have no other way to meet their daily food needs,” said Dieng. “We will do everything possible to avoid having to reduce food rations, but without new funding we will be running short of key commodities by the end of the year.”

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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):
Stephanie Savariaud, WFP/Ethiopia, cell. +251 911201976

 

JIMMA – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) opened a third logistics base in western Ethiopia for cross-border delivery of vital food assistance into South Sudan, while calling for more funding to support urgent food and nutrition needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Ethiopia.  Two additional aircraft will operate out of Jimma, bringing food to remote communities isolated by conflict and poor road conditions in South Sudan.

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08/22/2014 - 11:58

Individuals posing as WFP employees have been arrested by the authorities in Bossaso for selling fake ration cards to internally displaced people (IDPs) in one of the camps, claiming that these cards entitle the holders to receive food from WFP.  These individuals do not represent WFP, the cards are not genuine, and payment is never required to access WFP assistance programmes.

“We would like to remind the public at large that as a humanitarian organization WFP’s assistance will always be free of charge, and we condemn those who seek to profit from the plight of vulnerable people,” said Laurent Bukera, the WFP representative for Somalia.

WFP urges the public to report fraudulent activities being perpetrated in its name to the authorities, and to WFP using its beneficiary hotline numbers: +252-617140164 (Hormud), +252 -907053722 (Golis), +252-678999014 (Nationlink), +252627795373 (SomTel).

The work of WFP in Somalia aims to address basic food and nutrition needs, strengthen coping mechanisms and improve food security of vulnerable Somalis so they can cope more effectively with hardships. The agency also provides specialized nutritional support to malnourished mothers and young children.

WFP’s programmes include relief assistance, which is provided during emergencies, as well as activities designed to strengthen the resilience of households against future shocks such as droughts and floods.

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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 @wfpsomalia and @wfp_africa

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Laila Ali, WFP/Somalia (Nairobi), Mob. +254734554040
Amanda Lawrence Brown, WFP/Nairobi, Mob. +254707722105
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Mob. +254707722104

 

BOSSASO/NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) urges residents of Bossaso to beware of a recently uncovered scam aimed at defrauding displaced people.

642737
08/19/2014 - 10:09
Responding to Emergencies

The contribution has helped WFP provide desperately needed food to people who fled the conflict that began in Mosul in mid-June, including Christian and Muslim families and most recently Yazidis who escaped violence in Sinjar and sought refuge in Dahuk and other governorates in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) area.

The contribution to WFP is part of a US$500 million donation from Saudi Arabia to UN agencies in July to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Iraq.

“The food security situation in Iraq is alarming -- the worst that the country has witnessed since the sanctions in the early 1990s. The breakdown of the Public Distribution System for food in many parts of Iraq, the destruction and confiscation of agricultural produce, widespread insecurity and massive displacement of civilians have resulted in immense hardship and untold human suffering.  The majority of Iraqis are either trapped at home or have become displaced in precarious conditions,” said Mohamed Diab, Director of WFP’s Regional Bureau for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Despite a challenging security situation and displaced people on the move since mid-June, WFP has distributed food to more than 524,000 people in 10 governorates across the country and has plans to scale up its operation to reach 1.2 million people by early 2015.

Saudi Arabia’s contribution has most recently assisted Yazidi families who fled violence and persecution in the Sinjar area. Since 4 August, WFP has set up eight emergency kitchens, mostly in Dahuk, and provided hot meals to more than 173,000 people who fled Sinjar.
“We are working to avert a humanitarian tragedy, thanks to the timely contribution of much needed financial support from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which came with flexible terms. Without this donation, WFP would not have been able to respond so quickly to Iraq’s evolving humanitarian crisis. The Kingdom of Humanity’s extreme generosity has allowed WFP to save lives by rapidly scaling up its food assistance to Iraqis struggling to meet their basic needs in the face of a truly devastating humanitarian crisis,” Diab said.

Of the 524,000 people assisted by WFP since mid-June, more than 268,000 have received food parcels containing essential items such as rice and cooking oil. Each parcel feeds a family of five for one month. More than 83,000 people have received emergency ready-to-eat rations that include canned food. This is in addition to the more than 173,000 people who received hot meals from emergency kitchens in recent weeks.

“WFP is humbled by the goodwill of Saudi Arabia, the main donor for food given to displaced groups in Dahuk. The Kingdom’s contribution is making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of Iraqis of all faiths, both adults and children,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director for the WFP Office in Iraq.

Before the latest wave of displacement, WFP was already assisting about 240,00 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 180,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.

High-Resolution photos can be downloaded at this link:
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Broadcast quality video can be downloaded at this link:
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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_mena and @wfp_media

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 6663 4352
Shaimaa Fayed, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 2008 4172
Laure Chadraoui, WFP/Dubai, Mobile: +971506502338
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
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

 

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to scale up food assistance to hundreds of thousands of Iraqis displaced from their homes in recent weeks thanks to a generous contribution of US$148.9 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

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08/19/2014 - 09:32

ROME - World Humanitarian Day is a day of sorrow, but it is also a day of joy.

First and foremost, today is an opportunity for us to remember our fellow humanitarians who lost their lives while serving others. It marks the 2003 tragedy when 22 people were killed in an explosion at the United Nations office in Baghdad. And it provides us a moment every year to mourn our colleagues and our partners who have died on the job since then.

This World Humanitarian Day, the World Food Programme (WFP) specifically remembers and honours five courageous individuals working with WFP. Most recently Ayman Omar, WFP’s head of security for Syria and the region, was killed in a road accident on July 28. And in the past year, four truck drivers lost their lives while delivering WFP food: Abdull Ahad in Afghanistan; Willy Wenagbili in Democratic Republic of Congo; Kakooza Abdalla Yusuf in Rwanda and Housien Hammoud in Syria. They truly embodied the humanitarian spirit that this day celebrates.

While we mourn for our colleagues and their families and take great pride in their selfless dedication, we remember that World Humanitarian Day is also a day for optimism. Optimism because—in the midst of multiple emergencies, displacements and hunger-related challenges around the world—we are making progress and a significant difference in the lives of others.

That difference is visible in the refugee camps sheltering and feeding vulnerable people who have fled violence back home. It’s visible in the classrooms of 18 million children in 60 countries that have a better chance at a brighter future because of our School Meals Programme. And it’s visible in the countless communities around the world that have made long-term investments that are paying off for generations because they had a secure foundation of zero hunger on which to build.

All of us who work for and with WFP are part of that difference. We are humanitarian heroes because we are helping people around the world create the future we all want and deserve. A Future of zero hunger in which every child, woman and man can thrive.   

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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

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Emilia Casella, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3854, Mob. +39 347 9450634
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
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington, Tel. +1 202-653-1149, Mob. +1-202-770-5993

 

Statement by the Executive Director of WFP, Ertharin Cousin

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08/18/2014 - 14:34
Cash and Vouchers

More than 32,000 registered refugees from Myanmar living in two official refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, now access food in shops established in the camps. The United Nations World Food Programme launched the new ‘FoodCard’ system in Kutupalong camp last week and in Nayapara yesterday.

FoodCards are electronic vouchers loaded with a monthly per person value of BDT 730, and can be used to select food items from special shops opened within the camps. With the assistance of new registration data from the Government of Bangladesh and UNHCR, and a significant donation of US$1.5 million from the United States of America under USAID’s ‘Food for Peace’ program, WFP is now providing secure and dignified food assistance to over 32,000 refugees.

“FoodCards give refugee families the opportunity to choose the food they prefer, including fresh foods for the first time, such as leafy vegetables,” said Christa Räder, WFP Representative in Bangladesh, when she visited Kutupalong refugee camp last Saturday.

“In addition to providing refugees with access to a wider range of nutritious food items, the new system will enhance monitoring and help ensure the most effective use of resources for the refugees”, shared Mr. Farid Ahmed Bhuiyan, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner of the Government of Bangladesh.

Each family now has a FoodCard with their entitlement loaded on a monthly basis. Up to three family members can use the card in combination with their biometric fingerprint, which is registered to their card alone. Ushida, a refugee living in Kutupalong camp visited one of the new shops with her family FoodCard for the first time on Saturday. “I feel so happy” she shared. “I was able to get fresh chillies, potatoes, and onions!”.

WFP has been working to provide food assistance in Kutupalong and Nayapara refugee camps since 1992. FoodCard e-vouchers replace the previous food distribution system, which provided a basic food basket to families.

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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.  

Visit our website at http://www.wfp.org/countries/Bangladesh
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For more information please contact:
Christa Räder, Representative, WFP Bangladesh
Tel. +880-2-9183022-33 (desk)
christa.rader@wfp.org

 

COX’S BAZAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a brand-new electronic food card system to allow refugee families to choose the food they want and need in Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camps, Cox’s Bazar.