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649526
05/02/2016 - 11:16

WFP is initially deploying four experts to support needs assessments, warehouse management and the swift delivery of relief supplies to the most-affected people. These activities will be implemented in close coordination with the Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD), a coordinating body supporting relief work by authorities, NGOs and the private sector.

In addition, WFP is providing large mobile warehouses, including two (24 x 10 metres) to be set up immediately in the severely-affected towns of Ozu and Kashima, to store relief items and as a volunteer centre. WFP – which always works on the basis of requests for assistance received from governments – launched the operation when the request came from the Kumamoto prefectural government on 26 April, and stands ready to expand its support if required. The cost of the two-month operation is estimated at US$600,000.

“Logistics is the backbone of any emergency response,” said Stephen Anderson, Director of the WFP Japan Office. “We are proud to do our part to help the affected people by deploying logistics expertise.”

Since 14 April, the two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks struck the prefectures of Kumamoto, Oita and surrounding areas, resulting in 66 deaths and more than 190,000 evacuees at its peak, according to official figures. While local authorities are putting significant effort into the response, logistical challenges in the management of relief supplies that are pouring in have been reported.

This is the second time that WFP has provided assistance in Japan. In 2011, following the devastating earthquake and massive tsunami that hit the northern region of Tohoku, WFP deployed 27 staff members to organise transportation of relief items, establish logistics hubs with mobile warehouses and support relief activities of NGOs on the ground.

WFP is mandated to lead logistics operations by UN agencies and NGOs whenever a humanitarian emergency strikes, in order to deliver food and other relief items in the most challenging environments. On any given day, WFP operates 70 aircrafts, 20 ships, and 5,000 trucks around the world.

Japan is one of WFP’s most generous donors, contributing US$197 million globally in 2015 to operations in 37 countries.

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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.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Yuko Yasuda, WFP/Tokyo, Tel. +81 (0)3 5766 5364, Mob. +81 (0)090 9844 9990

 

Yokohama – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is providing logistics support to Kumamoto prefecture in south-western Japan as local authorities come to the aid of those affected by strong earthquakes on 14 and 16 April.

649523
04/29/2016 - 12:16

The partnership was marked with the announcement of Tanzania as the host country for the competition. Google has donated 8,000 Pixel C tablets for the competition’s testing phase set to begin in September 2017.

Currently, there are 136 teams from 33 countries developing education technology solutions. The top five finalist teams will each receive US$1 million and their software will be field tested in Tanga and Arusha regions. An estimated 4,000 children across 200 villages will participate in the 18-month field test, each of whom will receive a donated tablet. The team whose solution enables the greatest proficiency gains in reading, writing and arithmetic will receive the grand prize of US$10 million. At the end of the competition, all five solutions will be released as open source, free for anyone to use and adapt.

UNESCO will lead the educational aspects of the field test in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT) and the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Authority and Local Government (PMO RALG).
 
“We are thrilled to embark on the testing phase of the Global Learning XPRIZE with UNESCO and WFP,” said Matt Keller, senior director of the Global Learning XPRIZE. “The testing phase is highly critical to the success of the prize. We hope the competition will yield transformative learning results within these villages and pave the way for every child on Earth to access a world-class education in the palm of her hand.”

UNESCO sees this an opportunity to strengthen the capacities of the education national authorities to address the needs of 3.5 million of out of school children in the country and contribute to worldwide solution for the 60 million out of school children.

WFP will manage logistics and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) aspects of the field test, including installing solar power charging stations for the tablets. The solar panels will not only be used to charge the tablets, but will be available for community use.
 
“WFP is incredibly excited to help ‘bring to life’ literacy for people who might not have access to formal education,” said WFP Tanzania Country Representative Richard Ragan. “As one of XPRIZE's partners in Tanzania, we hope to create something that transforms the way the world understands education.”

The Global Learning XPRIZE was first announced during the UN General Assembly week in 2014: as the Closing Keynote session of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting with XPRIZE founder and executive chairman Peter Diamandis and President Clinton, and at a special ceremony with Keller and the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education, former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown.

The competition is funded by a group of donors including the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, the Anthony Robbins Foundation, the Econet Foundation, the Merkin Family Foundation, Scott Hassan, John Raymonds and Suzanne West.

The XPRIZE initiative in Tanzania will be launched by the Hon. Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, and witnessed by senior level education officials as well as XPRIZE, UNESCO and WFP representatives.

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For more information please contact:
Faith Shayo, UNESCO, F.Shayo@unesco.org tel. +255 222666629
Eric Desatnik, XPRIZE Foundation, eric@xprize.org tel. +1 3107414892
Fizza Moloo, WFP, Fizza.Moloo@wfp.org tel. +255 784720022

 

DODOMA, TANZANIA – The XPRIZE Foundation with the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a new partnership for the US$15 Million Global Learning XPRIZE – a five-year competition challenging teams to develop open-source software that will enable children with limited access to schooling to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic. XPRIZE, a non-profit organization, is the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive prize competitions for the benefit of humanity.

649520
04/28/2016 - 10:51

Through electronic cards, known as SCOPE cards, WFP is providing both cash and voucher assistance to people in need, allowing them to choose and buy their own food from local shops across the country.    

The SCOPE system allows WFP to provide food assistance in a flexible manner to adapt to the rapidly changing situation in the country. It can be used to redeem cash or as an electronic voucher and in areas where food is not available in the market, it can be used to collect actual food from WFP distribution points. It also supports local Iraqi food retailers.

“This programme is a turning point in WFP’s food assistance operations in Iraq. We now use innovative technology to deliver a faster humanitarian response that is reliable, flexible and scalable,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of WFP in Iraq.

Before receiving their SCOPE cards, individuals register their identification information and fingerprints into WFP’s database, which is electronically linked to the cards. Like a debit card, when the SCOPE card is swiped at a shop, it automatically connects to the database to confirm the individual’s identity, then the cost of the purchase is deducted from the total balance and recorded on a receipt.

“The SCOPE cards give displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees the assurance that they can access food when they need it. It also gives WFP valuable feedback on the types of food people are buying with the cards, which helps us better tailor our programmes to their needs,” Pearce added.
So far, WFP has distributed over 12,000 SCOPE cards to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in Iraq. By the end of 2016, WFP aims to reach over one million displaced Iraqis and over 72,000 Syrian refugees with SCOPE cards across the country.

The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) funded the roll out of WFP’s SCOPE system as well as the pilot project in Akre, in the northern Kurdish region’s Duhok governorate, where thousands of displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees are sheltering. To date, ECHO has contributed almost US$32 million to Iraq for its food assistance programmes supporting displaced families and Syrian refugees.

Since January 2014, the conflict in Iraq has triggered mass waves of displacement of more than 3 million Iraqis. WFP is currently reaching 1.5 million displaced Iraqis and 70,000 Syrian refugees each month with food assistance.

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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.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 1521 8882
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Mobile: +2 010 6663 4352
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a digital cash card programme to provide food assistance to thousands of displaced Iraqi families and Syrian refugees across Iraq.

649518
04/28/2016 - 09:54

The representatives visited five WFP-supported schools in Oudomxay province, northern Laos. Oudomxay has some of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition in the country, with more than 50 percent of children under the age of five suffering from malnutrition.

“The continued support from the US Government to the school meals programme in Laos through the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program reflects the  strong commitment of the United States to invest in children’s futures,” said Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP Country Director in Lao PDR.

“Providing nutritious meals to children in Laos remains a priority for the US Department of Agriculture. A well-fed child who grows strong and develops according to his/her age has better chances of graduating from school, and of having a better future,” said Michelle Calhoun, Assistant Deputy Administrator of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

The US Government has been supporting WFP school meals in Laos through the USDA since 2008, with a contribution of US$47 million that will provide for mid-morning snacks and lunches for 150,000 children in 1,500 schools until 2017. WFP is working with the Government of Lao PDR on a strategy for national ownership of the school meals programmes over the coming years.

“The McGovern-Dole program enables WFP to continue the provision of nutritious meals to school children in 2016, expanding the project to set up vegetable gardens in schools, develop water schemes and build the capacity of government counterparts and communities to ensure the quality, ownership, and sustainability of the activities,” added Gordon-Gibson.

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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. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries. WFP has worked in Lao PDR since 1975, with projects aimed at improving the food security and nutritional status of the most vulnerable.

The McGovern-Dole Program Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program was established in 2002 under USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. The program aims to reduce hunger and improve literacy and primary education. It currently supports WFP school meals activities in 10 countries, including Laos.
 
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For more information please contact:
Rocio Rebollo, Head of Communications and External Relations, WFP/Laos, Mob.  +856 20 55526957

 

VIENTIANE– Officials from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Lao PDR Ministry of Education and Sports have concluded a visit to schools supported by the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

649515
04/27/2016 - 10:07

ShareTheMeal’s fundraising goal in Lebanon will support 1,400 refugee children aged 3–4 in Beirut for a full year. The children’s parents receive funds transferred to their regular WFP electronic food vouchers, allowing them to buy the foods they want in local shops which also supports host communities and the Lebanese economy.

“With ShareTheMeal, you can easily help parents who have lost everything provide for their children,” said WFP Lebanon Country Director Dominik Heinrich. “Nutritious home cooked meals are essential to children’s physical and mental development, and they help provide a sense of stability that is critical in children’s lives.”

Through the app, smartphone users can join thousands of other people in support of a selected community or project goal and monitor its progress. Donations can range from US$0.50, the global average for feeding a child for a day, to a monthly gift. Since its launch in November, almost half a million people have helped ShareTheMeal reach funding goals in Lesotho, Jordan and Syria. The goal changes once the app users have reached a particular target. Most recently, the app raised funds for women and children in the devastated Syrian city of Homs.

On 26 April, it was announced that ShareTheMeal will receive the prestigious Webby People’s Voice Award for Mobile Sites & Apps—Best Practice Category. ShareTheMeal was also named among the best apps by both the Google Play and Apple App stores and recently won the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award.

With the Syrian conflict in its sixth year, more than a million Syrians now live in Lebanon, including vulnerable children. Many refugee families have exhausted their savings and are unable to earn an income, making them increasingly reliant on food assistance.

                    
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ShareTheMeal allows smartphone users to share their meals with hungry people via a free iOS and Android app. ShareTheMeal was founded in April 2014 and is an initiative of the World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator. Since November 2015, the app has been available globally and has received several awards for its design and innovative character. Learn more at sharethemeal.org

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.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2600, Mob. +201066634352
Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +202 2528 1730 ext. 2614, Mob. +201015218882
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982

 

ROME – ShareTheMeal, the award-winning app developed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is switching its fundraising efforts to support Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

649507
04/26/2016 - 09:09

The Visayas disaster response centre is a continuation of the strategic partnership between DSWD and WFP to enhance emergency response capacity in the Philippines. It is funded by the governments of Australia and the United Kingdom.

Inside the 5,000-square meter centre is a custom-built mechanized system designed to rapidly produce 50,000 family food packs in a day, which is enough to feed 250,000 people for three days. Combined with the mechanized production system at the National Resource Operations Centre in Pasay, this will double family food pack production capacity to feed 500,000 people for three days.

The Visayas centre features a pallet racking system for improved storage of food packs and warehousing of food and non-food commodities, guaranteeing quality stockpiles of family food packs and other humanitarian assistance ready for distribution. Spaces for training sessions and offices for the DSWD and the WFP, as well as other government officials, are also available.
 
The DRC was conceived as a result of the lessons learned from the response to Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda. ‘Yolanda’ badly hit the Visayas region and challenged the government in responding to large-scale humanitarian relief requirements.
 
“Typhoon Haiyan showed that disasters can strike anywhere in the Philippines,” said Praveen Agrawal, WFP Philippines’ Representative and Country Director. “The inauguration of the Visayas disaster response centre is a significant step towards decentralizing the Philippine government’s emergency response. With help from our donors, WFP will continue to support the Philippines by establishing respective DRCs in Luzon and Mindanao.”
 
WFP will also build a similar centre in Clark, to cater to the Luzon regions and another one in General Santos City, for Mindanao.
 
“These DRCs bring the humanitarian response of government closest to the people needing support.  As in the case of El Nino, these DRCs can make food packages more accessible to disaster-affected areas in all parts of the country,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.

These centres are all accessible by land, sea and air to ensure the immediate response of the government wherever a disaster strikes in the country. WFP is also providing technical training to key government representatives on disaster response logistics and supply chain management.
 
The Philippines is considered as one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world exacerbated by climate change, with various natural disasters affecting the country such as typhoons, droughts, earthquakes, and volcanic activities.

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About DSWD
The Department of Social Welfare and Development is the government institution responsible for the protection of social welfare rights and promotion of social development. It chairs the National Disaster Response of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
Website: http://www.dswd.gov.ph/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Department-of-Social-Welfare-and-Developm...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dswdserves

About WFP
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.
Website: https://www.wfp.org/countries/philippines/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WFP.Philippines
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wfp_philippines

For more information, please contact:
Department of Social Welfare and Development (Email: gdvfischer@dswd.gov.ph)
Genalor DV Fischer, Information Officer IV, Tel. +63 (02) 951-7440, Mob. +63916-703-3840

World Food Programme - Philippines (Email: FaizzaFarinna.Tanggol@wfp.org)
Faizza Tanggol, Communications Assistant Tel. +63 (02) 750-2561 local 2420, Mob. +63 917 880-9368

 

CEBU – In preparation for emergencies, the Visayas Disaster Response Centre (DRC) was inaugurated today in Mandaue City in Cebu Province by the Philippine government, through the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

649505
04/25/2016 - 17:24
Responding to Emergencies

The earthquake, the worst in Ecuador’s history, has left more than 600 people dead and over 12,000 injured mostly in coastal areas. According to estimates by government and international agencies, 520,000 Ecuadorians were directly affected by this disaster and require food assistance. The first WFP food supplies reached the stricken area only three days after the earthquake but now the scale of the impact is becoming clearer.

“Due to the earthquake a significant number of people no longer have access to their regular sources of income and food, and this will impact negatively their food security,” said WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Miguel Barreto in Ecuador to coordinate the WFP emergency response with WFP’s Director of Emergencies, Stefano Porretti.

Following a government request, a convoy with WFP emergency food kits reached the city of Portoviejo in Manabí province on 19 April. WFP staff supported distribution of food to the most affected families and hospitals in Manabí, reaching some 50,000 people to date.
 
Meanwhile, the UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD), managed by WFP, airlifted from its base in Panama on 21 April 40 metric tons of emergency supplies - including water and sanitation equipment, hygiene and kitchen kits and mobile storage units - to support the humanitarian assistance effort in Ecuador.  This is part of a WFP Special Operation to support logistics capacities in response to the earthquake. The US$2 million operation has also just been launched.
“WFP plans to scale up to assist a quarter of a million people affected by this disaster, in close coordination with the Government," said Barreto, after visiting the devastated city of Pedernales with Ecuador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Guillaume Long, and the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General, Luis Almagro.  

“Based on the results of upcoming field assessments, WFP will adapt its plans in coordination with the authorities who are leading this effort, and support the overall government capacity to respond,” he added.

“It is amazing the number of institutions and individuals who are joining efforts to provide humanitarian assistance on the Ecuadorian coast,” said WFP Representative in Ecuador Kyungnan Park. “Volunteers from the government, private sector and civil society have been supporting the loading, unloading and delivery of our food kits to those most in need.”

WFP relies entirely on voluntary funding from governments, companies and private individuals.  The cost of the three month operation designed to support the overall government response to the earthquake is US$34 million.
 
 
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Broadcast-quality video is available for download here.
 

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.
 
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media  
 
For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Alejandro Chicheri, WFP/Panama – currently in Ecuador, Mob. +507 66715355 or +593 9 85571889
Jane Howard, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65132321, Mob. +39 346 7600521
Gregory Barrow, WFP/London, Tel.  +44 20 72409001, Mob.  +44 7968 008474
Bettina Luescher, WFP/Geneva, Tel. +41 22 917 8564, Mob. + 41-79-842-8057
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
 

 

QUITO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the start of an emergency operation to assist 260,000 vulnerable and food insecure people seriously affected by the earthquake in Ecuador and in desperate need of food and other basic necessities.

649503
04/25/2016 - 10:31

 “Our resources are being stretched at a time when needs are quickly growing,” said UNHCR’s Representative in Sudan, Mohammed Adar.  “Over 50,000 South Sudanese have crossed into Sudan since the beginning of 2016, surpassing the planning figure set for the entire year. Further shortfalls in funding will hamper our ability to continue providing assistance for the existing South Sudanese refugees in Sudan while also responding to the emergency needs of new arrivals.”  UNHCR humanitarian requirements for 2016 remain 18% funded, leaving over US$128 million in unmet needs.

The heads of UNICEF and WFP have voiced similar concerns about the limited resources available to respond to the basic needs of South Sudanese seeking refuge in Sudan, including access to clean water, shelter, emergency household supplies and adequate protection.  The situation is particularly worrisome as the agencies’ funding shortages coincide with a period of heightened food insecurity in part of South Sudan. This, in addition to the ongoing violence, is driving rapidly increasing numbers of South Sudanese into Sudan.

The UNICEF Sudan Representative, Geert Cappelaere, also warns that his organisation is running out of funding for the provision of critical support to more than 100,000 children from South Sudan in dire need of urgent humanitarian assistance. “With only 11% of the total humanitarian requirement funded so far in 2016 and an estimated US$105 million shortfall, UNICEF is gravely concerned it may have to cut back on crucial lifesaving water, sanitation, nutrition, health and protection assistance to those vulnerable children”, Cappelaere emphasised.

Echoing the concern of his UNICEF and UNHCR colleagues, WFP Representative and Country Director Adnan Khan said: “We are concerned that if we do not receive sufficient funding soon enough, we will not be able to respond to the needs of South Sudanese refugees who continue to flee their country to seek food and refuge.”
WFP is currently facing a 12-month funding shortfall of US$181 million of which US$19 million will be used to meet the needs of the South Sudanese refugees through its Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation.  

UNICEF, UNHCR and WFP have banded together to appeal for additional funding that will be required to meet greater needs created by the rapidly increasing number of South Sudanese fleeing into Sudan. 

 Conflict and food insecurity are forcing more and more South Sudanese to flee their country and cross into neighbouring countries.  A total of 678,000 South Sudanese refugees are now being hosted in the neighbouring countries with 221,000 in Sudan.  

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UNHCR has been present in Sudan since 1968 and currently provides support to the Government of Sudan’s efforts to protect and assist 350,000 refugees and asylum-seekers.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable children and to the benefit children, everywhere.

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.  

For further information, please contact:

UNHCR Sudan: Mohamed Elfatih Elnaiem, Assistant PI & Communication Officer, +249 -183 493 664 elnaiem@unhcr.org.

Twitter @RefugeesMedia Web  (https://www.facebook.com/UNHCR)

UNICEF Sudan: Alison Parker, Chief of Communication, +249-(0)912 – 179 -116, aparker@unicef.org                                                                                                                                         

You can also follow UNICEF Sudan on Twitter https://twitter.com/unicefsudan, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/UnicefSudan123

WFP Sudan: Amor Almagro, Head of Communications, +249 912167055, amor.almagro@wfp.org  
Twitter @wfp_media @wfp_mena, website: https://www.wfp.org/countries/sudan, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WorldFoodProgramme  

 

KHARTOUM – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed deep concern at funding shortfalls which could affect the assistance that is being provided to South Sudanese refugees in Sudan.

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04/22/2016 - 10:46

“This much-needed food−rice, split peas, vegetable oil and super cereals−comes at a critical time as the Boko Haram crisis in the north and the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) refugee crisis in the east have generated increased needs and disrupted people’s lives in already fragile areas. It will help people cope over the next three months when they are most vulnerable as the lean season gets underway, and food insecurity worsens,” said Felix B.F. Gomez, WFP Country Director in Cameroon.

In addition to some 260,000 refugees from C.A.R. who have been taking shelter for the past few years in Cameroon’s eastern regions, the Boko Haram violence continues to uproot families from their homes, disrupt the economy, agriculture and cross-border trade in the north of the country. More than 200,000 people–Nigerian refugees and Cameroonians–have been displaced due to the Boko Haram violence; in the worst-affected areas along the border with Nigeria, 1.4 million people face hunger.

“Without this support from our long-standing partner, USAID, we would not be able to continue providing the food and nutrition assistance that people need to survive. It’s an essential contribution to stave off hunger among those who need help most over the next months, but we are concerned that without additional international support, WFP will not be able to maintain its assistance as of June/July to the refugee and IDP populations,” said Gomez.

USAID is the largest single donor to WFP’s emergency programmes in Cameroon, covering up to 25 percent of the food assistance costs in 2016, and has been one of WFP’s key supporters over the years.

While this substantial contribution enables WFP to continue its support for another three months, an additional US$36 million is needed to sustain assistance to vulnerable communities until the end of the year.

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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.

Follow us on Twitter: @WFP_WAfrica; @wfp_media  

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Sofia Engdahl, WFP/Cameroon, Mob: (+237) 690308963

 

 

YAOUNDE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of nearly 15,000 metric tons of food, worth US$21 million or CFA 12 billion, from USAID’s Food for Peace Program to Cameroon. This food will bring vital support to 300,000 people−refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and vulnerable food insecure populations−over the next three months, just when they need it most, at the onset of the lean season.

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04/21/2016 - 10:03

“People who were worst off before the quake are the ones who lost the most,” said Pippa Bradford, WFP Representative and Country Director.  “Ensuring that support targets these households is vitally important so that no one gets left further behind.”

WFP provided food assistance to 2 million people within six weeks of the earthquake, and has been using food assistance to support early recovery work by paying people with food or cash to rebuild community infrastructure. In the past year, irrigation systems were built or repaired on 546 hectares of agricultural land, 729 kilometres of feeder roads were repaired, and 1,714 kilometres of mountain trails were fixed.

Despite improvements in food security in quake-affected areas, due in part to humanitarian assistance, significant pockets of vulnerability remain. A quarter of people in Nepal live on less than US$1.25* a day, and on average spend 60 percent of their income on food, making it hard for them to cope with shocks such as disasters and soaring food prices.

WFP has just launched a three-year development programme focusing on vulnerable groups including female-headed households and ethnic minorities. WFP’s work will support the Government’s livelihood recovery strategy in the sectors of community infrastructure, food security and agriculture, nutrition and disaster risk reduction.

WFP will also expand its emergency preparedness measures. One month before the earthquake, WFP established a Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) next to Kathmandu airport, which became the hub for emergency aid in the early response. It is estimated that this facility enabled survivors to receive emergency supplies weeks faster than would otherwise have been possible. WFP plans to continue developing the HSA facility in Nepal.

“We cannot afford not to invest in emergency preparedness,” said Bradford. “Disaster can strike Nepal at any time, and we need to be ready.”   

As lead of the logistics cluster, during the emergency response WFP coordinated the transportation of relief materials for more than 160 organizations, from entry into the country through to delivery by foot or mule to the remotest areas.

*Nepal has achieved remarkable progress in recent years. The country managed to halve the percentage of people living on less than US$1.25 a day in only seven years, from 53 percent in 2003-04 to 25 percent in 2010-11 and is continuing to make progress. http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/nepal/overview

For photos, contact Rein.Skullerud@wfp.org

Shareable video of WFP’s work in Nepal available here

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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.
 
Follow us on Twitter @wfp_asia and wfp_media

For more information please contact email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org:
Seetashma Thapa, WFP/Nepal, Tel. +977 15260520, Mob. +977 9851177901
Silke Buhr, WFP/Bangkok, Tel. +66 2 6598616, Mob. +66-81-701-9208
Frances Kennedy, WFP/Rome, Tel. +39 06 65133725, Mob. +39 346 7600806
Gerald Bourke, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646 525 9982
Steve Taravella, WFP/Washington DC, Tel. +1 202 653 1149, Mob. +1 202 770 5993

 

KATHMANDU – One year after an earthquake that killed over 9,000 people and led to damages and losses estimated at US$ 7 billion, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working with the Government of Nepal so those most vulnerable to food insecurity are not left behind.