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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

03/16/2018 - 15:52

“WFP is providing vital food supplies to people who have lost everything and working closely with partners to reduce the risks of the oncoming rainy season -  by improving access to the mega camp via foot trails and feeder roads, improving drainage channels and stabilising slopes,” said WFP Emergency Coordinator Peter Guest.

The Joint Response Plan (JRP), launched today in Geneva is a humanitarian appeal for US$ 951 million, to assist 1.3 million people including 884,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members until the end of 2018. The appeal includes contingency planning for an estimated 80,000 new arrivals in the coming months. Food alone accounts for 25 percent of the appeal. WFP’s urgently needs USD$ 230 million for food assistance, livelihoods and engineering preparations for the monsoon season.

“Access to food during the rainy season will be a challenge; it’s not just about the logistics of reaching the distribution points or shops in the camp, it’s about families being able to get their food safely home,” he added.

WFP plans to expand its e-voucher programme to cover all existing refugees and the new influx by the end of 2018. Dependent on funding, WFP aims to transition approximately 100,000 refugees per month to e-vouchers that give refugees greater choice with respect to what foods they consume and when they can shop. The e-voucher allows families access to more nutritious foods such as vegetables, eggs and dried fish.

Under the joint response plan WFP will provide significant support to the host community with a particular focus on women. WFP’s Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition, (EFSN), project will target 40,000 vulnerable women, providing them with training on job skills and setting up a business, as well as start-up cash. The EFSN project aims to addresses the underlying causes of food insecurity and undernutrition by giving some of Cox’s Bazar most needy inhabitants the opportunity to change their lives.


  • Number of refugees on average receiving WFP food assistance per month 800,000
  • Women and children given special nutritious food per month 139,000
  • People enrolled in e-voucher programme so far 90,000
  • Members of host communities assisted so far this year 40,000
  • E-vouchers can be used in allocated shops to buy 19 different foods
  • At our 17 Supplementary Feeding Centres, under-fives are assessed for acute malnutrition.

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COX’s BAZAR – With monsoon rains on their way, the World Food Programme (WFP) urgently needs more funding to continue providing food assistance Rohingya refugees and local Bangladeshis living in the Cox’s Bazar area close to the border with Myanmar. 


03/16/2018 - 12:39

The JRP is an appeal for US$ 951 million, to assist 1.3 million people including 884,000 Rohingya refugees and 336,000 host community members until the end of the year. (March 2018 to December 2018). The appeal includes contingency planning for an estimated 80,000 more Rohingya refugees in the coming months. 

Urgent funding is required to meet life-saving and acute humanitarian needs of refugees as well as affected host communities. More than half the appeal (54%) is for the Food Security and WASH, Shelter and NFI sectors, combined. Food alone is 25% of the overall appeal. 

Over 16 million litres of safe water are needed per day for the Rohingya refugee population; 12,200 metric tons of food are required per month to sustain the refugee population. At least 180,000 refugee families need cooking fuel; 50,000 latrines need to be constructed and maintained and at least 30 sludge management facilities to process over 420,000 kg for faeces, per day. 

Forty-three Primary Health Centres and 144 Health posts are needed; 5,000 classrooms for 614,000 children and youth so that they can learn; 100 nutrition treatment centres; and a range of protection programmes for the 144,000 single mothers and their families and the 22,000 children at risk are an urgent priority. Some 400,000 children in refugee and host communities require trauma and related support. 

There are challenges ahead. The congested conditions, hundreds of incidents of gender-based violence that continue to be reported weekly; public health concerns including measles, diphtheria and diarrhoea. The early rains in a few weeks risk triggering landslides, flash floods and disease outbreaks; after which the cyclone and monsoon seasons are expected. More than 150,000 refugees now reside in areas that will flood or collapse with the rainy season. 

The Rohingya refugee situation in Cox’s Bazar is an acute humanitarian crisis that needs urgent funding to save lives and provide aid that is essential for thousands of people. The JRP is an appeal that brings together over 130 partners from the UN system, international and national NGOs complementing the extraordinary generosity of the host Government of Bangladesh. 

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Cox’s Bazar, 16 March, 2018: The Joint Response Plan (JRP) for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis is being launched this afternoon at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva by Mr. Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR; Mr. William Swing, Director General of the International Organisation for Migration, IOM and Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator for Bangladesh. 

03/14/2018 - 17:05

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and WFP Executive Director David Beasley on Wednesday joined forces to knock down the practical and ideological barriers between “humanitarian” and “development” assistance to better tackle the complex challenges the world faces.

“By 2030, we estimate that half of the world’s extreme poor will live in fragile and conflict-affected countries,” Kim said. “If we are serious about ending poverty, we have to work closely with humanitarian organizations such as the World Food Programme. The framework we’re signing today builds on our respective strengths and demonstrates our commitment to work together to make sure no one is left behind.”

“Hunger is dramatically on the rise and millions of people are suffering. The world can’t afford to sit back and watch us work separately on these problems. Today signals an end to the siloed way of doing things and the beginning of WFP and the World Bank working closely together – regardless of who gets the credit – to fight hunger and poverty and increase stability and sustainability,” said Beasley of WFP.

While the World Bank and WFP share a vision of a world without extreme poverty and hunger, their approaches to tackling those problems in the past have been very different. Kim and Beasley on Wednesday signed a groundbreaking new framework to combine their organizations’ efforts in new ways, offering concrete guidance and support to help World Bank and WFP teams work together in countries across the globe.

The strategic partnership framework – the first of its kind between the two institutions – identifies nine priority areas where the combination of the World Bank’s analytic and financial expertise and WFP’s unparalleled operational footprint can have the most powerful effect together in reducing hunger and extreme poverty. They include, but are not limited to: increased cooperation in fragile, conflict or violence-affected contexts; enhancing collaboration on social protection; supporting digital identity management systems; supporting school meals, health and nutrition programs; and joining forces to prevent childhood stunting in contexts where humanitarian and development agendas intersect.

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WASHINGTON – The leaders of the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have laid out an ambitious new plan to work together in the fight against extreme poverty and hunger.

03/14/2018 - 12:49

More than a third of Syria’s population is internally displaced as people make desperate attempts to reach safety. With this continuous displacement come alarmingly high levels of hunger and need. Some 6.5 million people in Syria are food insecure and another four million people - twice as many as a year ago - are at risk of becoming so.

“Every day that goes by without a resolution to this crisis is another day where we have failed the people of Syria,” said Jakob Kern, WFP Representative and Country Director in Syria. “The single greatest priority must be an end to this conflict. History will hold us accountable.”

While there are glimmers of hope and many stories of human resilience, fighting continues to rage unabated on multiple fronts: in Eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, in the southern governorate of Dara’a, and to the north, in Idlib and Afrin. Civilians bear the heaviest toll.

“We are humans. We are civilians. We do not deserve this. My children are hungry and have no food to eat,” a resident in Eastern Ghouta told WFP during a rare delivery of humanitarian aid in February – rare because the fighting hardly ever lets up long enough for humanitarian convoys to reach the besieged enclave. 

Since the conflict started, food prices have soared beyond the reach of many. Bread is now eight times more expensive compared to pre-crisis times. Today, a shocking seven in ten Syrians live in extreme poverty.

WFP adds its voice to the call for peace and urges all parties to the conflict to allow safe, unhindered and unconditional humanitarian access for the delivery of food and other life-saving assistance to those who are so desperately in need. 

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DAMASCUS – Seven years of war in Syria have brought intolerable suffering to millions of people. In many parts of the country, the violence has reached unbearable levels and still, there is no political solution in sight. Every day, families under bombardment and shelling face a nightmare without apparent end and every day more innocent lives are lost. 

03/14/2018 - 10:57
Contributions to WFP

“WFP deeply appreciates this substantial injection of support from Japan which comes at a critical time when the organization is simultaneously responding to an unprecedented level of need for food assistance in countries such as Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Myanmar and South Sudan,” said Naoe Yakiya, Director of the WFP Japan Office. “Today, we are living in a world where 815 million people are hungry primarily due to conflicts. We are most grateful for Japan’s leadership in promoting the humanitarian-development-peace nexus through sustainable solutions that address urgent hunger needs and their underlying causes.”

More than half of the funding provided by Japan, or US$40.5 million, will support WFP operations for the most vulnerable people affected by conflict and displacement in seven countries in the Middle East. This is in line with the pledge made by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN Refugee Summit in September 2016 to provide US$2.8 billion in humanitarian assistance to refugees and migrants, and support to host countries and communities from 2016 to 2018.

 WFP logistics operations will also benefit from Japan’s donation in Afghanistan and South Sudan, where the organization runs the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service, which provides critical air transport and cargo services for the entire humanitarian community.

Japan’s allocations to WFP operations are broken down as follows: 
Yemen (US$16 million), Iraq (US$10 million), Syria (US$8.3 million), Myanmar (US$5.2 million), Somalia (US$4.5 million), South Sudan (US$4 million), Ethiopia (US$3 million), Turkey (US$2.8 million), Chad (US$2.5 million), Mali (US$2 million), Guinea (US$1.8 million), Niger (US$1.8 million), Sudan (US$1.5 million), Palestine (US$1.3 million), Afghanistan (US$1 million), Burkina Faso (US$1 million), Jordan (US$1 million), Malawi (US$1 million), Mauritania (US$1 million), Uganda (US$1 million), Sierra Leone (US$0.6 million), Swaziland (US$0.5 million), and Zimbabwe (US$0.5 million).

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

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the announcement of a US$72.3 million contribution from the Government of Japan. The generous infusion of funding will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 23 countries across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

03/14/2018 - 10:34

Pakistan ranks amongst the top 10 most climate-vulnerable countries globally, according to the Global Climate Risk Index. Natural disasters are increasing in frequency and intensity, and can have devastating and widespread impacts, as demonstrated by the 2010 floods that affected 20 million people.

“Understanding the potential impact of climate change on food and nutrition security, and the populations most likely to be affected by it, allows us to identify what interventions need to be prioritized to help manage and mitigate the risks,” said Finbarr Curran, WFP’s Country Director in Pakistan. 

“The study highlights the vulnerability of the lives and livelihoods of small-holder farmers due to the compounded risks brought on by climate variability. It also provides guidance on innovative risk management strategies designed to enhance resilience to shocks and stresses,” he noted.

Climate change poses severe risks to the agricultural sector, leaving farmers particularly exposed and vulnerable to climate risks. This is especially true for smallholder farmers, who face other challenges including unfavourable terms of trade, extension gaps and productivity challenges. 

“An integrated risk management model such as the R4 can help us build the resilience of smallholder farmers against multiple risks and eventually make their yields and livelihoods more secure,’ said Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director of the SDPI. ‘Providing risk reduction and transfer support to small farmers is essential,’ he added.

The report, entitled ‘Risk Management Practices of Small Farmers: A Feasibility Study for Introducing R4 - Rural Resilience Initiative in Punjab’, was launched today at the Government’s Planning and Development Department. It was carried out by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the Punjab Social Protection Authority, WFP, and OXFAM.

The study assessed the viability of integrated risk management approaches which could be used to enhance the resilience of smallholder farmers in Punjab. Looking at the relevance of WFP and Oxfam’s global R4 Rural Resilience Initiative, the study found the approach to be relevant to the Punjab context. In particular, strategies relating to risk reduction and risk transfer could significantly augment smallholders’ capacities to withstand shocks.
The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative is a strategic partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme and Oxfam America to enable the vulnerable rural households to increase their food and income security in the context of increasing climate risks. The Initiative is built on an innovative model that combines four risk management strategies: disaster risk reduction, micro insurance, access to credit, and savings. 


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Mahira Afzal, WFP/Islamabad, E-mail:, Mobile: +92 345 8559333

LAHORE – A new report launched today shows that with adequate investments in disaster risk reduction, small-holder farmers in Punjab could better withstand climate-related shocks. Calling for increased investments in this area, the report advocates for the Rural Resilience-building approach (R4), pioneered by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and OXFAM.

03/13/2018 - 10:12

“The generous contribution from the Government of China will help WFP to support millions of drought-affected people and hundreds of thousands of refugees,” said Samir Wanmali, Acting WFP Country Director in Ethiopia.

“As one of WFP’s key partners, we are extremely grateful for the commitment shown by China in helping Ethiopia to combat hunger and deprivation,” he added.

Over the last two years, China has contributed a total of US$14 million for WFP nutrition, relief and refugee programmes in Ethiopia.  

With this US$6 million contribution, WFP will be able to support 350,000 people living either in refugee camps or in drought-affected communities for two months with over 4,000 metric tons of rice and 800 tons of vegetable oil.  

“When disaster strikes, help should come from all sides; this is our philosophy and we think it should be the shared spirit of humanity,” said Tan Jian, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, citing a Chinese saying. “China has come forward to demonstrate its solidarity with the Ethiopian people.”

An estimated 7.9 million people in Ethiopia currently require emergency food assistance.   WFP’s focus is the Somali Region where it plans to feed 1.8 million people. WFP provides cash and food to people at risk of acute food insecurity because of climate shocks or conflict.  

Ethiopia hosts the second largest number of refugees in Africa – more than 900,000 refugees mostly from Eritrea, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. Some 650,000 refugees live in camps and depend on food assistance from WFP.

Conflict and drought in countries neighbouring Ethiopia continue to force people to seek refuge by crossing the border. In 2017, nearly 110,000 new refugees arrived in the country. 

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Melese Awoke, WFP/Addis Ababa, Tel.: +251 911201981

ADDIS ABABA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a contribution of US$6 million from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to assist refugees and people suffering because of drought in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

03/12/2018 - 13:54

With this support from Russia, WFP will be able to continue making a difference in the lives of schoolchildren across the Kyrgyz Republic while at the same time boosting local agricultural production and rural development, especially among the poorest.

The expansion of the programme was announced at a ceremony in the Novopokrovka School.

“Thanks to the support from our long-standing partners the Russian Federation and WFP, we can improve school meals in Kyrgyzstan, ensuring their benefits go beyond the classroom,” said the Minister of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic, Gulmira Kudaiberdieva.

In 2013, with initial funds of US$12 million from Russia, WFP launched a model school meals programme in partnership with the Ministry of Education. The aim was to boost the country’s national school feeding programme that benefits around 400,000 primary school children. 

Since then, this initiative has been widely recognized for its efficiency and sustainability, and received critical support from national and local authorities, communities as well as spurred interest from other donors such as Japan and private sector companies.

Currently, the programme provides nutritious hot meals to 114,000 primary school students in 335 schools around the country. Thanks to this new contribution from Russia, the programme will be expanded to reach an additional 175,000 students in over 500 new schools in the country’s poorest rural areas. 

“We aim to ensure that all primary school-aged children in the Kyrgyz Republic have access to safe and nutritious food all year round,” said WFP Kyrgyz Republic Country Director Andrea Bagnoli. “School meals improve the learning environment for young children so they can achieve better results, paving the way for increased economic productivity in the future.” 

With new funding, WFP will continue investing in renovating canteens, providing schools with kitchen equipment, training school chefs and helping schools establish vegetable gardens to grow their own fresh fruits and vegetables. 

The Ministry of Education and WFP have pledged their commitment to continuing improving national school meals policy – this will include revising procurement regulations so that more produce can be purchased from smallholder farmers.

“The Russian Federation is proud to be making a real difference, paving the way for a stronger education and food system in the country,” said the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kyrgyz Republic, Andrey Krutko. “We’re committed to broadening our support to WFP and the Kyrgyz Republic to enable the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, so there is better education and food security for everyone.” 
Since the start of WFP operations in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation has contributed over US$60 million in support of WFP’s activities, making it the single largest donor to WFP in the Kyrgyz Republic.

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Tel: +993 312 660033, Mobile: +996 555 940 420

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up hot school meals to cover more than half of Kyrgyzstan’s primary schools over the next five years, thanks to a contribution of US$10 million from the Russian Federation. 

03/12/2018 - 12:44
Contributions to WFP

“WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Japan for the generous support that enables WFP and its partners to provide life-saving assistance to the people of Yemen. These funds come amid unprecedented and unacceptable levels of hunger that have swept over Yemen following three years of conflict,” said WFP Yemen Country Director Stephen Anderson. “Japan’s contribution to WFP, together with support from other donors, helps to ensure the humanitarian situation does not destabilize further while giving millions of Yemenis hope for peace and a better future.”

In Yemen, nearly 18 million people – more than 60 percent of the population – do not know where their next meal is coming from. Tragically, the number of people facing chronic hunger has gone up, increasing by one million between March 2017 and January 2018 alone. Even more jarring, the number of very hungry people who rely entirely on external food assistance has increased by more than 1.6 million people during the same period, reaching 8.4 million people in January 2018.

As famine-like conditions persist, the recent spikes of violence and insecurity in Sana’a, Hodeidah and other parts of the country may further increase the number of extremely hungry people in the country. 

There has also been a recent wave of displacement, with 84,000 people reported to have been forced from their homes due to escalated fighting at the end of 2017. WFP is closely monitoring the situation and responding by assisting thousands of displaced people in Hodeidah governorate. 

“We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in Yemen,” commented the Embassy of Japan to Yemen. “Japan and its people are determined to continue our efforts to alleviate people's suffering in the country and food security is one of the main pillars we focus on.”

As part of its response to those in dire need of assistance, WFP provides vouchers that are redeemable for food to people in urban areas while food distributions are carried out for those residing in rural areas. 

WFP aims to provide food assistance to around 7.5 million people across the country each month. WFP will continue to adjust and augment its operation to support the most pressing food needs in the country, and the organization requires US$353 million to sustain life-saving support through June 2018. 

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Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352
Reem Nada, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634522
David Orr, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3179, Mob. +39 340 2466831
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

SANA’A – Today the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$16 million from the Government of Japan, which provides a significant boost to WFP operations aimed at averting famine in Yemen.

03/08/2018 - 10:44
The Table brings together vested givers and empowered recipients, who will be connected virtually through this new feature of ShareTheMeal. Each month, members of The Table will be connected to a different family to learn more about how their support is helping them. For example, givers will receive personalised in-app content on the impact of their donation, such as videos and stories. By fundraising for some of WFP’s most critical operations including Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Bangladesh, users will be directly helping the most vulnerable families.
Over the past decade, WFP  has increased the use of cash-based transfers alongside food deliveries to provide assistance to people in need. In 2017, WFP provided US$ 1.3 billion in cash transfers. Cash transfers allow WFP to reduce delivery costs, which means that for every dollar saved, is one additional dollar that can be spent helping the people it serves. Through The Table, monthly donors directly support families with cash assistance, so that they can purchase the food that best suits their family’s needs.
“The digital revolution is enabling WFP to create online platforms, such as SCOPE, which help us to enhance the use of digital identities for people in need, so that we can know and serve them better. Digital identities allow WFP to rapidly and effectively provide food and cash assistance, especially in emergency situations,” says Kenn Crossley, Global Coordinator of Cash Transfers at WFP. “With the launch of The Table, we are leveraging this data to show donors their tangible impact.”
Through The Table, WFP is able to respond to the desire of donors, especially millennials, to give to transparent and efficient charities. It is clear that this tech-savvy generation wants to follow their impact and be connected to those they are helping. Addressing this mindset, ShareTheMeal will provide personalized stories and video to donors, paving the way for long-term engagement in philanthropy and social good.
“We believe this generation is not only eager to change the world, but feels strongly about transparency and proven impact. By providing real-life data on the impact of a shared meal through The Table, we will demonstrate how – with a tap on the app – this generation can lead the way to a zero hunger future,” says Massimiliano Costa, Head of ShareTheMeal.
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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.
WFP’s ShareTheMeal app is a mobile-first fundraising tool that allows users to feed a child, with just a tap on their device and for as little as US$0.50. Since its launch two years ago, more than 1,000,000 people have joined the community worldwide. Users have shared over 21 million meals with thousands of hungry children in some of WFP’s most critical operations, including Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. The app has been awarded the Social Impact Award at the 2017 Google Play Awards.
SCOPE is a flexible and powerful cloud-based digital solution that helps WFP and its users, such as humanitarian organisations, UN agencies and governments, to know the people they serve better, so that they can provide them more personalised, efficient assistance. SCOPE is WFP's beneficiary and transfer management platform.
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Leighla Bowers, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513-2565, Mob. +39 3482666092
Victoria Leonhardt, WFP/Berlin, Mob. +49 163 846 3138

BERLIN – Starting on International Women’s Day, ShareTheMeal, the app from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will enable monthly givers to follow their donation and see exactly how it is helping families in need. Monthly givers will automatically join The Table – a new feature within the app –  which connects members with the family they are supporting through personalised updates and exclusive stories. Using data from WFP’s beneficiary data management platform, SCOPE, monthly givers will learn when a family has purchased food thanks to their donation.