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06/21/2018 - 10:36

In a region highly prone to natural disasters, accurate and up-to-date data will support informed decisions by affected member countries and communities to prepare for and respond more effectively to a crisis or disaster. 

The Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas is a joint product developed by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), funded by the Australian Government. Divided into nine sections, the Atlas provides information on regional population growth rates, particularly focusing on the significant urbanization and high population densities that have had a marked impact on available resources in the Pacific. High urbanization rates have also led to a growing cash economy and changes in family diets from traditional root crops to more imported processed foods. 

The Atlas aims to address a data gap by providing local decision-makers with the baseline information they need to improve the food security and nutritional status of vulnerable and crisis affected communities across the Pacific.  

SPC’s Deputy Director General, Audrey Aumua said: “The 2018 Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas is the first of its kind for the Pacific and will improve our understanding of the core issues and risks that affect food security, poverty, and vulnerability across the Pacific. The Atlas will provide a solid basis for putting into action an ambitious and comprehensive National Food and Nutrition Security and Adaptation Plan.”

Aside from analysing factors such as poverty rates, obesity, livelihood trends, cyclone and El Niño risks, the Atlas highlights cross-cutting issues like gender in order to better reflect the different realities faced by women, men, boys and girls in accessing food and nutrition. This information is designed to help governments and development partners tailor effective, targeted solutions that will benefit every person, especially the most vulnerable. 

WFP Pacific’s Head of Office, Peter French said, “The Atlas is a significant contribution to the work that is underway at regional and national level bringing stakeholders a step closer in meeting their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 2 which focuses on ending hunger, achieving food security and improved nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture.”
The Pacific Seed Forum concludes this Friday.

The ATLAS report is available online:

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Sanya Ruggiero, WFP/Fiji, Tel. +679 8666 445

NADI, FIJI – Representatives from across the North and South Pacific gathered on Monday to witness the launch of the first-ever Pacific Regional Food Security Atlas on the opening day of the Pacific Seed Forum in Nadi, Fiji.

06/18/2018 - 16:48

The UN Humanitarian Response Depot network is one of the shared services that WFP offers to other UN agencies, NGOs and governments institutions for emergency preparedness and response. In his remarks, the WFP Executive Director David Beasley thanked the Group of Friends of UNHRD for their unwavering support. “The support of the UNHRD network is vital to our ability to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies around the world. WFP and our humanitarian partners are immensely appreciative of the practical support and friendship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD”, said David Beasley. 

Since inception, UNHRD has continuously strengthened new partnerships to improve preparedness and coordinate response efforts to deliver to people in need and currently has 86 humanitarian partners. 

Launched in 2015 by the Italian Government, the Group of Friends of UNHRD brings together donors, partners and other actors who aim to raise awareness on the role of UNHRD in the global humanitarian architecture and who recognize the need to invest in emergency preparedness and response to ensure a sustainable UNHRD Network. 

Ambassador Pierfrancesco Sacco, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN in Rome, handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD and stressed proudly that Brindisi was able to anticipate the requirements of humanitarian interventions in a changing and even more complex international scenario. 

Taking over the chairmanship, Ambassador Jesús Manuel García Aldaz, Permanent Representative of Spain to the UN in Rome, said: “The logistic base in Las Palmas is always ready and strategically positioned to assist in any emergency, particularly in Africa. The spirit of the Agenda 2030 requires innovation and the establishment of transformative partnerships, including with the private sector and universities.”

Ms. Angelica Jacome, Permanent Representative of Panama, said: ‘Through its Regional Logistics Center for Humanitarian Assistance, which will host UNHRD, the Government of Panama offers the world, the region and its partners a unique platform aimed at providing a more effective and efficient humanitarian response in order to save lives, change lives and leave no one behind’.

The UNHRD network is made of six humanitarian support hubs strategically located in Accra (Ghana), Brindisi (Italy), Dubai (UAE), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Las Palmas (Spain) and Panama City, offering supply chain solutions to the humanitarian community. Representatives from the other host countries were also in attendance. 

Following the handover ceremony, an exhibit dedicated to the history and activities of UNHRD and of its innovation Lab was opened to the Executive Board members and to WFP staff and will last until the end of the week.  

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ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government. Also promoted by the Government of Panama, the event was the opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of UNHRD, which was first established in Brindisi, Italy in June 2000. 

06/14/2018 - 22:15

Despite the conflict, the port of Hodeida, which is the critical access point for the delivery of life-saving assistance to the people of Yemen, is still operational and WFP staff are still working and distributing food to the Yemeni people. 

About 19 million Yemenis - 70 percent of the country’s population – rely on the commercial and humanitarian food imported through Hodeida.  It is vital that the port and other civilian infrastructure remain operational.

I urge all parties to the conflict to meet their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and take active steps to respect international humanitarian law. 

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Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo - Mobile: +201066634352

ROME – As the fighting around Hodeida intensifies my main concern is as ever for the children, women and men of Yemen. Innocent people are suffering amidst some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, and we are with them in calling for an end to the long-running conflict. 

06/07/2018 - 11:37

Families of Ebola patients discharged from treatment centres, and of those who have had contact with them or suspected victims, are receiving up to three months’ supplies of cereals and beans delivered by Oxfam, a WFP cooperating partner. A projected 1,000 people are to be immediately assisted. UNICEF is also providing food to those affected. 

“The combined efforts of the government, the UN and NGOs are winning this battle, as the stemming of the number of Ebola cases shows”, said Jose Barahona, Oxfam’s DRC Country Director. “But we will continue working all out until the outbreak is well and truly over”.

WFP has contributed to the aid effort since the Ebola crisis was declared a month ago, playing an active role in overall response coordination led by the DRC’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.

As the UN’s humanitarian logistics lead, WFP promptly deployed a dedicated expert to Mbandaka, Equateur’s capital, to identify gaps and facilitate partner response.

The WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operates daily flights between Kinshasa, Mbandaka and other urban centres in Equateur, ferrying humanitarian workers and cargo, including mobile laboratories and protection equipment.

A reconfigured UNHAS-chartered Mi-8 helicopter, equipped with a decontamination chamber and two isolation cells, can safely move infected patients or suspected cases from more remote locations.

“I am confident that this Ebola outbreak will soon be contained”, said Claude Jibidar, WFP’s DRC Country Director. “The response has been robust and rigorous, and is providing the appropriate care for those affected”. 

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Jacques David, WFP/Goma, Mob. +243 81 700 6842
Claude Kalinga, WFP/Kinshasa, Mob. +243 81 700 6714
Gerald Bourke, WFP/Johannesburg, Mob. +27 82 9081417

MBANDAKA - Distributions of World Food Programme rations have begun in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s Ebola-hit Equateur Province as part of an effort to support those directly affected by the latest outbreak of the deadly virus and limit risky population movements.

06/06/2018 - 12:22

“This contribution is perfectly aligned with the objectives of the IHF, to provide timely and flexible humanitarian funding to enable effective emergency response, increase humanitarian access, and strengthen coordination and partnerships among local and international responders,” said Marta Ruedas, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

With this contribution, the Logistics Cluster will continue to provide coordination and information management support to the humanitarian community. The Logistics Cluster will also continue to facilitate common storage services for humanitarian supplies at three main operational hubs in Baghdad, Dahuk and Erbil, while maintaining a stock of mobile storage units ready to be deployed and installed at short notice.

“The Logistics Cluster plays a critical role in the Iraq context, offering logistics solutions and technical support to humanitarian partners responding to the needs of highly vulnerable displaced families and returnees,” said Sally Haydock, WFP Representative in Iraq. “We thank the IHF, the Humanitarian Coordinator and donors that have made this timely contribution possible.”

Established in 2015, the Iraq Humanitarian Fund supports humanitarian partners, allowing them to respond to the complex and dynamic situation in the country. IHF allocations have been made possible thanks to generous contributions from the United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, United States, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Canada and Cyprus. 

Since 2014, the IHF has provided US$3.5 million in funding to WFP activities in Iraq, including food assistance to internally displaced people and support for the Food Security, Emergency Telecommunications and Logistics Clusters. 

As Iraq emerges from four years of conflict and unrest, the entire humanitarian community is providing critical resilience and recovery support for vulnerable communities after years of hardship, conflict and displacement. 

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Sally Haydock, WFP/Baghdad, Tel. +964 (0) 780 929 9900
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 016 663 4352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2 010 1521 8882
Cristina Graziani, WFP/Baghdad, Tel. +964 780 915 0950
Saif al-Tatooz, WFP/Baghdad, Tel. +964 780 915 6198

BAGHDAD – The Logistics Cluster, led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has welcomed a generous contribution of US$860,000 from the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF). The Cluster facilitates the movement of humanitarian supplies including food, medicines and even ambulances on behalf of the entire humanitarian community in Iraq.

06/06/2018 - 11:10

6 June 2018, Rome – The three United Nations agencies tasked with ending hunger and boosting rural development have committed to strengthening their collaboration to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special focus on achieving Goal 2 Zero Hunger.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding that comes into force today. 

“This Memorandum will be very important to enhance even more the collaboration, coordination and synergies between the three agencies, especially at country level. Working closely together is fundamental to better support our Member Countries in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said FAO’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva. 

“Leveraging our collective strengths has always been at the core of the partnership between FAO, IFAD and WFP," said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of IFAD.  "This MOU is not just a legal document, but a real tool to support new and innovative ways of working together to maximize our joint contribution to Agenda 2030 and transform rural areas into vibrant places where families can thrive,” he said. 

“We’re working together more broadly and more effectively than ever before – because the humanitarian conditions today demand it.  And it does not matter who gets the credit as long as people who need our help benefit. This new era of collaboration and cooperation means that the work we do will be more efficient and effective, and will have a greater impact as we march toward our goal of Zero Hunger,” said WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. 
During the signing event, the three Rome Based Agencies’ leaders expressed gratitude to Italy and highlighted Italy’s role not only as host country of all three agencies but also as a strong advocate of the continuous strengthening of RBA collaboration.

Strengthening collaboration and coordination

The aim of the new MoU is to strengthen collaboration and coordination at global, regional and country levels in order to provide enhanced support to Member Countries. 

It sets out areas for comprehensive and integrated support including working together on national planning processes with governments, as well as developing joint outcomes, programmes and assessments. 

It also covers shared data analysis, joint accountability for collective outcomes, continued sharing of corporate services including security, human resources, travel and health services, developing new joint outcome-based financing approaches for projects, and a joint reporting mechanism to measure progress.

The memorandum is in line with the efforts of the UN Secretary General António Guterres for the UN system to transcend the humanitarian-development divide by working towards collective outcomes based on comparative advantages.

FAO, IFAD and WFP each have a unique mandate related to technical expertise, international financial assistance and emergency food assistance. The three Rome-based agencies share a common vision that achieving food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture requires a comprehensive and holistic approach, and they have long collaborated on projects and policy areas towards ending hunger and boosting rural development. 
The Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by all 193 UN Member Countries in 2015, and set a deadline of 2030 to achieve 17 goals covering social, economic and environmental issues. 


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06/04/2018 - 15:00

Through the signed agreement, WFP will work on developing an online training platform for food safety inspectors on key issues related to food safety such as good practices for food manufacturing, food handling and efficient supply chains. 

As per the agreement, WFP and NFSA will launch several public awareness campaigns in hypermarkets, public parks and public transportation. WFP will further develop the current NFSA website to be used as a platform for sharing public awareness messages on food safety measures. 

“We have a good history of collaboration with NFSA and we share a common vision on the importance of implementing food safety practices across all sectors working in the food industry,” said WFP Representative and Country Director in Egypt Menghestab Haile. “WFP in Egypt provides food assistance to the most vulnerable while at the same time ensuring high standards of the quality of food it distributes. The safety of our food is our number one priority.” 

WFP in Egypt has been working over the years on raising the capacity of its own food suppliers through delivering numerous trainings on food quality and safety. WFP aims to extend its capacity-building to reach larger numbers of food suppliers, retailers, mills and others working in the food manufacturing sector. 

“Ensuring food safety procedures are implemented across Egypt is a top priority for us and our goal is to reach all those involved in the food production sector with the needed trainings,” said Chairman of the NFSA Dr. Hussein Mansour. “Food safety and security are the constitutional rights of every Egyptian and we work tirelessly to make sure this is fulfilled.” 

WFP has been working in Egypt since 1968 and is currently supporting over one million people through different projects implemented in the country’s most vulnerable governorates. WFP activities aim to enhance the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable groups in a way that is sustainable and lasting.

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CAIRO – The World Food Programme (WFP) and Egypt’s National Food Safety Authority (NFSA) today signed a five-year agreement to raise public awareness on food safety and hygiene as well as building the government’s capacity to ensure access to safe nutritious food.

05/30/2018 - 14:56

The two crew members and three passengers sustained minor injuries, and were taken to a local medical facility. 

A helicopter belonging to the UN Peacekeeping mission in DRC, MONUSCO, was mobilized to evacuate them from Kamonia to Kananga (Kasai region), where an UNHAS plane was waiting to transfer them to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, for further treatment. 

The cause of the crash is being investigated. 

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 Gerald Bourke, WFP/Johannesburg, Mob. +27 82 908 1417 
Claude Kalinga, WFP/Kinshasa, Mob. +243 81 700 6714
Jacques David, WFP/Goma, Mob. +243 81 700 6842

KINSHASA – A Cessna Caravan airplane operated by the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) was involved in an accident today on take-off from a remote airstrip in Kamonia in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

05/30/2018 - 09:49

Under the programme, participants from three villages were able to improve their livelihoods through animal husbandry and beekeeping groups while over 100 community assets were constructed or restored. Assets included warehouses, solar-powered irrigation systems, earth dams and community centres. These projects help boost the communities’ resilience to shocks such as droughts and floods and provide economic opportunities for participants throughout the year.

The US$5 million Saemaul programme is based on a similar programme in the Republic of Korea in the 1970s, which contributed to poverty reduction in rural areas by using development projects that were tailored by each community based on their needs. Saemaul means “new village” in Korean.

The ceremony was held in Suli village in Chamwino district and was attended by Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Charles John Tizeba, Dodoma Assistant Regional Administrative Secretary, Aziza Mumba, Chamwino District Commissioner, Vumilia Nyamoga, WFP Tanzania Country Representative, Michael Dunford, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Deputy Country Representative, Ms. Hyunsun Kim, non-governmental organization Good Neighbors Tanzania Country Director, Namun Heo and representatives from local government.

“Today I am happy to see the Saemaul programme and the tools it provides these communities to enable them to be self-sufficient and build better futures for their families,” said Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Charles John Tizeba. “The project belongs to Chiboli, Fufu and Suli communities now and they have to make sure they love it and they take care of it in on order to make it sustainable. I look forward to seeing how these projects transform the lives of the participants over time and how we can take the successes of this project and implement them elsewhere in Chamwino.”

Funded by the Republic of Korea and implemented by WFP and Good Neighbors Tanzania, the project supported 2,500 households from the villages of Chiboli, Fufu and Suli in Chamwino District.

“KOICA on behalf of the Republic of Korea is excited to see the fruits of the Saemaul model and how it has benefitted the people of Chamwino District,” said KOICA Deputy Country Representative, Ms. Hyunsun Kim. “Community effort is necessary for sustaining the development of their communities. In the experience of Korea, the model worked well and today we are among the top economies of the world.”

Drawing on 30 years of experience on public works programmes in Tanzania and elsewhere, WFP assisted with planning, technical support, management of the project and the construction of community assets.

“The change in the three villages over the last few years has been dramatic,” said WFP Tanzania Country Representative Michael Dunford. “I was told by the community, that in the past, men and women would leave the area to look for work – particularly in the dry season or during drought – but now through these projects, there is enough work to provide income throughout the entire year.

Other activities under the Saemaul programme included sesame farming and processing as well as the construction of borehole wells, school classrooms and cattle troughs.

“We feel grateful for all the moments we shared together with the communities,” said Good Neighbors Tanzania Country Director, Namun Heo. “Small and big achievements, challenges and lessons learned taught us the value of working together. I hope they can keep it up and share positive influence with other villages as good neighbours.”

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DODOMA – The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today held a ceremony to mark the completion and handover of the Saemaul Zero Hunger Communities programme to the Government of Tanzania in central Dodoma Region.

05/29/2018 - 14:49

The report, “Addressing Sustainable Development Goal 2: The Ghana Zero Hunger Strategic Review”, argues that ending hunger and malnutrition cannot be achieved without a holistic approach that hinges on improvements in agriculture, and other sectors including nutrition, health, water, sanitation and hygiene, gender and social protection that directly or indirectly affect food and nutrition.

Despite significant reductions in food insecurity since the 1990s, hunger and malnutrition remain a real concern in parts of Ghana, especially in the northern regions and among rural and peri-urban communities. Comprehensive action is required to overcome these challenges, hence the recommendation for a food security and nutrition advisory board at the Office of the President to embed this as a cornerstone of national development.

“Eliminating hunger and malnutrition forms the basis of achieving other development goals and therefore we are committed to implementing the clearly thought out actions identified in the roadmap of this Strategic Review,” said Prof. George Gyan-Baffour, Minister for Planning.

The report highlights the need for the production and consumption of foods which are rich in nutrients. Apart from the increase in the production of maize, there has been a decline in production of traditional nutritious staple foods such as sorghum, millet, groundnuts and cowpeas over the past decade.

“As we seek to achieve zero hunger in our country, we should always remember that food production must be nutrition-sensitive,” said H.E John Agyekum Kufuor, Ghana’s former President and the lead convenor of the Zero Hunger Review. “It is more important for food to nourish the body than simply fill the stomach.”

The Zero Hunger Strategic Review is an independent, analytical and consultative exercise which the World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated globally, to identify the key challenges to achieving zero hunger in countries where it works.

“We are using this review as the basis for WFP’s five-year country strategic plan in Ghana which is built to support the government’s excellent flagship programmes and agricultural policies,” said Abdou Dieng, WFP Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “In the new programme, we will work more closely with the private sector to reduce post-harvest losses and malnutrition using a market-based approach which will be self-sustaining. “

The Zero Hunger Strategic Review in Ghana was undertaken by a research team from the University of Ghana, University for Development Studies and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Former President, H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor is the lead convenor of the process facilitated by the John A. Kufuor Foundation. 

For more information, contact:

Marian Kpakpah, Ministry of Planning, Email:, Tel: +233 243 045264

Rosemary Danquah-Sampong, National Development Planning Commission, Email:, Tel: +233 244 228560

Nana Ama Oppong-Duah, JAK Foundation Email:, Tel: +233 260600636

Vera Boohene, WFP/Accra, Email:, Tel: +233 264 335598

George Fominyen, WFP/RBD, Email:, Tel +221 77639 4271


Accra - Everyone living in Ghana can have adequate and nutritious food throughout the year, if there is a stronger integration between the pillars that affect food security and nutrition, under the leadership of the government, says a report launched today in Accra.