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10/06/2015 - 16:52

New arrivals from the CAR capital, Bangui, are currently being registered by DRC authorities in the nearby Congolese city of Zongo. The majority will move to the refugee camp of Mole close-by. Refugees said they had difficulties to flee Bangui because of barricades erected in the city.

The refugees said they fled to escape fighting between Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka militants. Some of the new arrivals say that their houses have been burnt down. The overall number of registered Central African refugees in DRC stands well above 100,000.

Since the end of September, new tensions have escalated in the CAR capital city of Bangui where widespread shooting has been reported. The situation has prompted evacuation of various humanitarian organisations working there.

The highly volatile situation in the country, and particularly the violence in Bangui, could result in a further increase in numbers of refugees moving into DRC in coming days.
Since the beginning of the crisis in March 2013, more than 65,000 CAR refugees have relocated to four different camps - Boyabu, Mole, Inke and Bili - in DRC’s impoverished provinces of North and South Ubangi, while others live with host families. The refugees’ survival relies largely on humanitarian assistance.
Meanwhile, two United Nations agencies have expressed concerns about the lack of funds to support the refugees.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) lacks funding for the provisions of shelters for these refugees, as well as for their health and educational needs. In 2015, UNHCR has received only 6 percent of the US $57 million it needs for these operations that includes the relocation of new arrivals to camps, the construction of shelters and distribution of aid items. Shelter conditions have deteriorated. The situation has become worse when in mid-September a tornado destroyed nearly half of all shelters in the camp of Mole.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a US$1 million shortfall for its emergency food assistance operation to assist the CAR refugees in DRC. It is grateful for a contribution of 1.5 million euros granted by the German government in September to cover urgent food assistance needs. However, if no new contributions are confirmed, WFP’s life-saving activities for the refugees will be severely compromised at the end of November. This could have a destabilizing effect in the volatile border area of the DRC where refugees live.
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KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, 6 October 2015 – The escalation of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) caused over 2,000 people, most of them women and children, to flee into neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) within one week.

10/06/2015 - 09:00

“This generous contribution has arrived just in time, as a funding shortfall was threatening to force WFP to reduce rations for refugees, including the new South Sudanese arrivals,” said acting Country Director Michael Dunford. “Those cuts will not be necessary now, and we are extremely grateful to USAID for its lifesaving support for people fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries and seeking refuge in Uganda.”

Dunford said WFP will use the funding, received through USAID’s Office of Food for Peace, to purchase more than 13,000 metric tons of cereals and beans within Uganda for more than 300,000 refugees.

The support will also allow WFP to provide cash to 20,000 refugees in areas where markets are able to meet the demand. As well as meeting the immediate food needs of refugees, cash assistance has the added benefit of allowing some flexibility for the refugees to buy nutritious foods that may not be part of WFP’s food basket and to manage their household food resources themselves.

This contribution brings USAID's 2015 WFP support to refugees in Uganda and extremely vulnerable populations in Karamoja to an estimated US$26 million.

Uganda currently hosts more than 490,000 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and Burundi. Roughly two-thirds of the refugees in Uganda depend on WFP to meet their basic food needs.

WFP’s assistance for refugees is closely coordinated with the Government of Uganda through the Office of the Prime Minister, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and NGOs.

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KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$9 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide food assistance for more than 320,000 refugees living in Uganda.

09/30/2015 - 09:21

New rice bagging machines, case erectors, a conveyor system and a pallet racking system, which were inaugurated today at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City, will allow the government to produce more than 50,000 family food packs per day next time a disaster occurs in the Philippines – enough to feed more than 250,000 people for three days.

The facility, which is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), will help improve the national response capacity in the Philippines. Built in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), it will be ready for swift response next time there is a disaster.

“We learnt some important lessons as we mobilised relief for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda,” said Asif Ahmad, UK Ambassador to the Philippines today. “Speed is of the essence in delivering essential survival requirements to people in desperate situations following a natural disaster. This UK government-supported programme will mean that food in the right condition will be delivered quicker and more efficiently.”

“We are pleased to introduce the mechanized production system here in the country,” said Praveen Agrawal, WFP Philippines Representative and Country Director. “This will make a huge difference in the aftermath of a disaster as we are now able to significantly expand the number of people to which we can provide immediate life-saving food.”

The family food pack, which consists of rice, canned goods and coffee, can be packed in a small box for one family, with the newly mechanized production system able to assemble all of the rations in one streamlined process.

“We thank the WFP and DFID for this support,” said DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman. “This is just one of the many efforts we are undertaking to improve the country’s disaster management program.  The new system will enable the Department to become more responsive in meeting the food needs of survivors of disasters.”

The modernisation of the family food pack production facility is the result of a partnership between DSWD, the Office of Civil Defense and WFP, to enhance disaster preparedness in the Philippines. Other projects include establishing a network of disaster response facilities in Clark, Cebu, and General Santos, as well as running a training programme that focusses on emergency logistics and the disaster response supply chain.

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MANILA – A revamped and modernized repacking system has been set up by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which will speed up the production of emergency food packs next time the country faces a disaster.

09/27/2015 - 01:25
Journalists, ED - E.Cousin

“We are Generation Zero Hunger, committed to creating a world where no child, no woman, no man goes hungry even for a single day,” Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said following a packed gathering in New York of youth leaders from around the world, as well as prominent political, business and civil society figures.

“We have everything we need – the tools, the technology, the people. It is time to deliver, time to move from the conference room to our countries, and to deliver together a Zero Hunger world,” Cousin said.

Cousin’s remarks followed Friday’s adoption by world leaders of 17 transformational Sustainable Development Goals to be met by 2030. Goal 2 aims to “end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”. Cousin underlined that all 17 Global Goals are interconnected and that hunger cannot be eradicated in isolation.

“We must empower young people to be the agents of innovation and change we need to realise Zero Hunger. We need to mobilise everyone, everywhere for action – from every sector and every field – and deliver on a new promise for a Zero Hunger world,” Cousin said.

She characterized Generation Zero Hunger as a movement encompassing youth entrepreneurs, activists, sports and entertainment stars, business leaders, civil society, as well as governments, local communities, and non-governmental organizations.

“Despite the extent of conflict, crisis, climate change and population growth in our world, we can achieve our target if we have the will. And we do. United, we will meet the Secretary General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, and build a world free from hunger and malnutrition,” she said.

Saturday’s Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger event was opened by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, and other speakers included the Director-General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization José Graziano da Silva and the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development Kanayo F. Nwanze.

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NEW YORK – While a hunger-free world is within reach, a global movement of dedicated individuals and organizations is needed to achieve it within the next 15 years, the head of the world’s largest humanitarian agency said today.

09/25/2015 - 09:22

More than 2.8 million people will face hunger in the coming lean season (October –March) following severe floods and drought that ruined this year’s harvest, according to latest Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee figures. The floods early this year were the worst in living memory in Malawi, washing away homes and food stocks, and ruining fertile land. Some crops managed to withstand the floods only to succumb to intense dry spells in the following months, making survival even more difficult for the most vulnerable.

Life-saving food and cash-based transfers have been given top priority in the response plan which is designed to protect lives and prevent hunger. It is also vital to secure already hard-won development gains in areas such as health and education. People in some affected districts have already started selling their livestock to make ends meet. Women are also engaging in more firewood and charcoal selling, which degrades the environment and further aggravates the fragile climate.  

WFP is grateful to the Government of Malawi, which is contributing 26,600 metric tons of maize from its Strategic Grain Reserves to the relief response.

 “We applaud the commitment of the government and development partners in times of increased global needs and appreciate swift support from those that have come forward early, especially the United States and Italy, to ensure that Malawi’s most vulnerable receive the life-saving support they desperately need,” says WFP Representative Coco Ushiyama.

Since the end of last year, WFP has provided relief assistance to avert hunger in households hit by poor rainfall during the 2013/14 growing season and the floods in early 2015.  This operation has already reached more than one million vulnerable people.   

However WFP, which is financed entirely by voluntary contributions from governments, companies and private individuals, is currently less than 25 percent funded for the relief operation that lies ahead. US$81 million is still required to meet the needs of the most vulnerable from next month to March 2016.

“Additional contributions are urgently needed,” says Ms. Ushiyama.  “We have an innovative toolbox to respond – including food and cash-based transfers.”  

Timely funding is essential for an efficient and effective response, especially to enable the pre-positioning of food stocks by November, ahead of the rainy season, in rural areas where road access may be cut off.

A swift response is imperative to save children’s lives and prevent worsening undernutrition, particularly stunting among children. Stunting not only limits people’s growth, but also their cognitive development, and has far-reaching effects on health and productivity over a lifetime. A recent Cost of Hunger in Africa report for Malawi estimated that stunting, which at 42 percent is among the highest in the region, costs the nation nearly US$600 million annually.

Additional funding of US$10 million is urgently needed for WFP to maintain school feeding, nutrition support and a refugee operation through March 2016. Both school feeding and nutrition support become even more important in times of food crisis, especially for women and girls who are the first to be pulled out of school or served smaller helpings at mealtimes.

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LILONGWE – The United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) is gearing up to respond to the worst food crisis in Malawi in a decade. This follows an appeal to the international humanitarian community made by the President of Malawi Peter Mutharika at the launch of the National Food Insecurity Response Plan on Monday.

09/24/2015 - 12:47

"It is with great relief that we receive this distribution and come to this fair," says Gisele, a mother of three and head of household. "I chose different types of food according to food preferences of my children. Their health and their well-being are most important to me."

The food voucher system helps to return a sense of normality to the lives of the refugees.  Alongside the distribution, WFP and UNHCR organized a ‘food fair’ with the traders selected for the project.  During the fair, refugees went from one booth to another, purchasing the items that they wanted for their families with their vouchers: ranging from cassava, rice, beans, and peanuts, to meat, fish, tomato paste, powdered milk, oil, and sugar. Each individual receives a voucher which is worth 5,000 XAF. A family of four, for example, receives four coupons for a total of 20,000 XAF.

"Delivering food to Zemio poses enormous logistical challenges because of the poor road conditions between Bambari and Zemio. This new way of providing food assistance – the vouchers - gives refugees the opportunity to choose the types of food and quantities they want, boosts the local economy and removes the challenges associated with transporting food," said Bienvenu Djossa, WFP Country Director in C.A.R.

Thirteen food traders in Zemio were identified to be part of the initiative following a WFP evaluation, which looked at their potential capacities and market positioning.  These traders also received trainings on the new initiative.

Due to the insecurity in the area, products available in the markets are often limited.  However, because traders can still source their products from surrounding communities as well as neighbouring countries – Sudan and Uganda - refugees can   satisfy their dietary preferences.

 "Following months of interruption due to insecurity and logistical challenges, food assistance in Zemio resumes in the form of vouchers, along with the food fair. This will enable refugees to gain greater autonomy and create opportunities for exchange and meeting with members of the local community, strengthening local integration and living together", said Jean-Bosco Ngomoni, head of the UNHCR office in Zemio.

The Congolese refugees had fled violence caused by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in 2009 and sought refuge in Zemio. In 2010, the government of C.A.R. granted them pieces of land to encourage the development of agricultural activities. However, persistent LRA insecurity in the area hampers agricultural and gardening activities for refugees, and they are still unable to meet their basic food needs.

LRA activities in the border area between the Democratic Republic of Congo and C.A.R. continue. New attacks in DRC have recently led some 80 Congolese people to flee to Rafai, 150 km from Zemio.

UNHCR and its partners provide a multi-sectoral assistance to respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Zemio by facilitating access to drinking water and providing health and education services. Special assistance is also provided to vulnerable people, including the elderly, orphans and separated children.
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BANGUI - Some 2,650 Congolese refugees this week received food vouchers that allowed them to get their food from local markets in Zemio, in south-eastern Central African Republic (C.A.R.) as part of a partnership between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

09/24/2015 - 10:55

The Small Area Estimation of Food Insecurity and Undernutrition in Nepal report, released by the Government of Nepal, provides insights into food poverty, stunting and low levels of calorie intake, with detailed analysis of Nepal’s latest population census, as well as national living standards and demographic and health surveys. Statistics are presented in maps that show different human development indicators at the ilaka and district level.

“Nepal is a developing country, where significant portions of the population still suffer from food insecurity and undernutrition, which has an impact on their overall well-being and capacity to reach their full potential,” said Prof. Dr. Govind Raj Pokharel, Vice-Chairman of the National Planning Commission. “By knowing where the food insecure and malnourished are, I believe we can more effectively and efficiently meet their specific needs by targeting our prosperity enhancing and other development programmes, as well as our public health and nutrition interventions.”

The report was a joint effort between the National Planning Commission and Central Bureau of Statistics, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, UNICEF and Massey University, New Zealand.  

“This report is an important tool that will focus attention on those areas of Nepal that have yet to achieve the target for the Millennium Development Goals,” said Pippa Bradford, WFP Nepal Country Director.  “It will highlight where our efforts should be directed as we move forward with the new Sustainable Development Goals for Nepal.”

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KATHMANDU – A report released this week details how food insecurity and undernutrition are affecting the people of Nepal

09/23/2015 - 09:26

WFP’s flag-bearer Nimdoma Sherpa climbed 2,000 metres and overcame rain, fog, rough trails and steep ascents to reach the village of Kerauja, in Gorkha district, where community members welcomed her and took part in the flag-raising ceremony. Five months earlier the villagers were mourning their dead and salvaging what they could in the rubble of their homes after the massive earthquake that hit the region on 25 April.
“The long, tough trails we travelled represent the hard task ahead of achieving zero hunger. But when people work together, zero hunger can be achieved,” said Nimdoma. “I raised this flag here in the Himalayas for Nepal, for WFP and for all the world.”

As a child, Nimdoma received WFP school meals and at the age of 17, in 2008, she became the then-youngest woman to summit Mount Everest. Now, Nimdoma is using her climbing expertise to help WFP reach villages affected by the April earthquake. She was accompanied on this trip by a train of mules bringing rice as part of the recovery effort.

Chandra Bahadur Gurung is one of the Kerauja villagers who witnessed the flag-raising. “After all the hardship our village has suffered following the earthquake, we are proud to have been chosen to carry this message to the world,” he said.

The flag-raising is one of 17 around the world – one for each of the global goals – and is part of a collaborative effort called Project Everyone to bring the goals to the planet’s seven billion people.

Together, the goals aim to end hunger and extreme poverty, overcome inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change – with a deadline of 2030. They present an historic opportunity to change the world for the better. They are ambitious, but with commitment, hard work and cooperation, they are also achievable.

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Broadcast-quality video of the flag-raising is available to download here.
High-resolution photos are available to download here.

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Seetashma Thapa, WFP/Nepal Mob. +977 9851 177 901
Damian Kean, WFP/Bangkok, Mob. +66 81 701 9208
Zoie Jones, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3940, Mob. +39 342 902 5566
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
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KATHMANDU – A team from the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) has trekked into the Himalayas to unfurl a flag representing the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger, as part of an international effort to bring the global goals to the world’s attention. The flag-raising comes ahead of this week’s UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York where the goals will be formally adopted by world leaders.

09/20/2015 - 13:26

As the world’s refugee crisis grows and humanitarian resources are stretched, this multi-industry effort championed first by McDonald’s represents a powerful, tangible way for people to make a real difference toward peace and support refugees and displaced people struggling daily to feed their families. Supporting companies include Burger King, Cargill, DreamWorks Animation, Facebook, Google, MasterCard, McCain, McDonald’s, OMD, Twitter, TBWA and United Airlines.

“Today is about people coming together across regions and cultures to take action for a hunger-free and peaceful world,” said WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin. “Food assistance plays a powerful role in times of conflict by saving lives and alleviating suffering. Food brings and keeps families together. Food security gives families hope during desperate times while eliminating the need for families to resort to extreme and harmful measures as the only option for survival.”

On television and online, several companies are using donated media and social channels highlighting a 30-second WFP-branded commercial called “Symbols.” TBWA developed the creative for the commercial with funds provided by McDonald’s. The commercial highlights the connection between war and hunger, the magnitude of current needs and how a donation to WFP can make a difference. Many of the companies are also supporting the effort by amplifying the message from their social media pages with related artwork including a call to support affected families by donating to WFP.

“Humanity has one future together. This effort provides a great example of people and companies joining forces to make sure we achieve the goal of a zero hunger future,” added Cousin.

All funds raised from this effort will go to WFP’s emergency response fund that is used to support WFP’s most critical operations, including crises in and around Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and Yemen. With more people displaced now than any time since World War II, the needs are greater than the resources.

“The private sector has a significant role to play in ending hunger and promoting peace,” said Jay Aldous, WFP Director of Private Sector Partnerships. “And this global effort is a powerful example of brands coming together with one voice to make a tangible impact in the lives of vulnerable people.”

The English language version of the commercial can be viewed at

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Peter Smerdon, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 2150, Mob. +39 342 878 4107
Tyler Guthrie, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 6513 3873, Mob. +39 348 024 4246
Damian Kean, WFP/Bangkok, Tel. +66 2 6598 616 ext. 2160, Mob. +66 81 701 9208
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel. +44 20 72409001, Mob. +44 7968 008474
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob. +1-646 525 9982
Monica Salvitti, WFP/Sydney, Tel. +61 40 040 6886

ROME – On 21 September, the International Day of Peace, global brands are joining forces across industries and geographies in an unprecedented effort to highlight the vital role of food assistance in creating a more peaceful world. Many companies are donating television and digital media channels to drive support for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the frontline agency fighting hunger.

09/17/2015 - 22:41
For Individuals

Almagro and Cousin discussed future collaboration on issues of migration, social protection, and emergency preparedness and response to promote the inclusion of food security and nutrition in the Inter-American dialogue. They also agreed to promote debate in OAS forums on the reinforcement of social-protection systems to mitigate and offset the impact of shocks.
Upon signing the agreement, Secretary General Almagro highlighted that “this is not a problem specific to any one country, it is a problem and responsibility that affects us all, and therefore demands a united response. In the Americas, we can provide an example of civility and humanism, and indeed it is our duty to advocate for such an approach.”
Also today, WFP and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) released the results of an exploratory study into the links between hunger, violence, and migration, particularly in the Northern Triangle of Central America. One of the recommendations of researchers, among them scholars from the London School of Economics and Political Science, is to address many unanswered questions by reaching out to other international actors for their support in further research.

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About OAS

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About WFP

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OAS/ Gina Ochoa  Tel. +1 202 370 9737
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WFP /USA: Steve Taravella Tel. +1-202-653-1149. Mob. +1-202 770 5993.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American State (OAS), Luis Almagro, today signed an agreement to intensify their joint efforts to improve the food security and nutrition of the people of the Americas.