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645823
03/30/2015 - 14:19
School Meals

“Through this three-month pilot project, WFP will provide students with a daily portion of homemade pastries, vegetables and fruits that will be distributed during the school day,” said Maha Ahmed, WFP Jordan Country Director. “We are grateful for the support of the government of Canada in helping us to supply this to the children.”

Canada is funding the US$173,000 pilot project which introduces a new element to the existing national school feeding programme. The outcome of the pilot phase will be evaluated for further expansion.

The project also aims to improve health and nutritional awareness and boost healthier eating habits through comprehensive nutritional information and educational resources among the schools’ communities.

“School meals are crucial for vulnerable children who sometimes have nothing to eat in the morning except their in-school meal. You cannot expect a child to realise his or her full potential while sitting in class hungry,” Ahmed said. “WFP puts a lot of emphasis on school meals as an essential safety net for the poorest households; these meals break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition and help children concentrate and learn throughout the school day.”

WFP started its operations in Jordan in 1964.  Since then, WFP has initiated a wide range of national development projects through close partnerships with the national institutions and local communities in addition to several development projects and emergency operations.    

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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 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Faten Al-Hindi, WFP/Amman, Mob +962796665255

 

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Royal Health Awareness Society and the Ministry of Education, has started a pilot project to provide school meals to around 2,300 students in 10 public schools in Madaba governorate in central Jordan.

645817
03/30/2015 - 13:50
ED - E.Cousin

Together, we remain committed to the millions of victims of a conflict that has gone on far too long. As the crisis continues to go forward, the needs continue to grow, and the resources of the humanitarian response are stretched further and further. The assistance we are providing today, we will have to provide again tomorrow. We now have to prioritize our assistance so that the most vulnerable families are protected.

Needs are also changing as the crisis enters a fifth year. We are now faced with Syrian children who have spent the first critical 1,000 days of their lives in a conflict situation without adequate food and nutrients. We must ensure our food assistance addresses the development needs of the most vulnerable victims of this crisis.

WFP is designing and implementing programmes to respond to the evolving needs of the many Syrian families whose entire lives and future have been disrupted. We are working with UNICEF and other partners to encourage children to go to school through school feeding programmes. We must not lose a whole generation to war.

Food assistance can stabilize families as they face an uncertain future. We ask the global community gathered in Kuwait to stand by the Syrian people and renew its commitment to a future generation of Syrians.

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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 75 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Abeer Etefa, WFP Mob. +2010 66634352
Dina Elkassaby, WFP Mob. +201015218882
Joelle Eid, WFP Mob. +962 79727 9403
 

 

WFP Statement

ROME/KUWAIT CITY – The United Nation World Food Programme is extremely grateful to the State of Kuwait for its very generous support to food assistance operations throughout the Syria emergency.  We thank the Emir of the State of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Jaber Al Sabah, for his leadership in mobilizing the donor community to provide much needed support.

645814
03/30/2015 - 13:33
ED - E.Cousin

Cousin is scheduled to meet Government officials, donor representatives and United Nations officials and representatives of WFP’s partner non-government organizations.

WFP has given a lifeline to close to 6 million displaced Syrians every month through providing food assistance, vouchers and electronic cards.  

Before her departure on Tuesday evening, Cousin will be available for media interviews at Bayan Palace.

Date: Tuesday 31 March, 2015
Location: Bayan Palace, Kuwait City

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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 75 countries.

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For more information and to schedule an interview, please contact:
Abeer Etefa, WFP Senior Regional Communications Officer, currently in Kuwait,
Mobile: +2010666 34352     abeer.etefa@wfp.org

 

KUWAIT CITY – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will attend the Third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria on Tuesday, 31 March, in Kuwait City to mobilize donor support and engage humanitarian partners in the long-term recovery and food security of the Syrian people.

645805
03/27/2015 - 12:35
Responding to Emergencies

•    Government food packages include a two-week supply of rice, canned fish and meat, and noodles. WFP is supplementing this with 200 metric tonnes of locally-purchased rice and 40 metric tons of biscuits fortified with vitamins and minerals. The biscuits, which were airlifted to Vanuatu, are being sent to nine priority islands where families have limited access to clean water to cook food.

•    After the initial relief phase, WFP plans to provide further food assistance to the most vulnerable until they can provide for themselves. A team of food security experts is on the ground to build a detailed picture of the needs.

•    WFP has brought in emergency equipment from WFP-managed UN Humanitarian Response Depots in Dubai and Malaysia to help the government with the management of the large volume of relief cargo arriving in Vanuatu. WFP has set up mobile storage units at Port Vila airport for relief items and a further hub is being set up on Tanna island.

•    The WFP-led Emergency Telecommunications Cluster and its partners are providing connectivity at seven sites across Vanuatu for use by the government and humanitarian community.

•    A UN Flash Appeal, launched in Port Vila on 24 March, seeks US$29.9 million to cover the needs of 166,000 cyclone-affected people for three months. WFP requires up to US$6 million for food assistance activities and US$2.3 million for logistics and telecommunications services.

•    WFP is grateful for contributions received from the Government of Australia, as well as logistical support in the form of cargo aircraft made available by the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.

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WFP photos of food being distributed on Vanuatu’s Aniwa island (Tafea province) on 26 March are available at the below link. Photo credit: WFP/Victoria Cavanagh.

To download WFP photos: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRUUWVqQzdGOFJvZE1UQw

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 75 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media and @wfp_asia

For more information please contact: (first name.last name@wfp.org)
Victoria Cavanagh, WFP/Port Vila, Mob. +678-546-9846
Silke Buhr, 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
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

BANGKOK/PORT VILA– Two weeks after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, food has reached all 22 cyclone-affected islands for more than 160,000 people. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the government-led relief effort by organizing distributions, logistics services, and providing extra food to supplement government food packages where necessary.

645797
03/27/2015 - 10:38
Nutrition

While Sri Lanka has made impressive progress in achieving a number of Millennium Development Goals, undernutrition continues to be an issue, with stunting rates at 13 percent.
 
“The fact that we are here today demonstrates the strong political will of the government. It demonstrates the joint commitment in tackling the scourge of malnutrition in Sri Lanka. WFP, FAO and other UN agencies, in partnership with the Government of Sri Lanka, will continue to work together towards fighting malnutrition,” said Omer.

“I am confident that the achievements expected as outcomes of this joint project will assist in raising awareness and improving nutrition levels,” added Beth Crawford, FAO Representative for Sri Lanka.
 
The Health Minister Senarathne highlighted the importance of nutrition, thanked WFP and FAO for their assistance, and wished all success for the project.
 
While a number of initiatives prioritizing school nutrition and education are already being carried out by the government, under the project WFP and FAO will work with the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Children’s Affairs and other ministries to develop a comprehensive school feeding policy.
 
School nutrition and education is a priority area for the country and many school feeding initiatives are currently carried out by the government.  In consultation with the Ministries of Education and Childrens’ Affairs and other Ministries, FAO/WFP will focus on developing school feeding policy.  FAO hopes to provide support for the training of teachers, Development Officers, master trainers, etc in strengthening community empowerment to promote better health and nutrition in schools and communities. FAO will introduce school gardens based learning, work on activities related to nutrition in curriculum, strengthen school nutrition information systems and improve nutrition promotion in teacher education.
 
WFP will work with the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine and the Ministry of Agriculture on conducting several nutrition-based surveys. WFP also plans to run pilot initiatives to assess the efficiency and cost effectiveness of food fortification as a means to combat undernutrition, as well as engaging in advocacy programmes to promote fortified foods. The results of the surveys and initiatives will help the government, together with WFP and FAO, decide on which types of interventions and which parts of the country should receive priority attention. WFP will also support relevant government authorities to strengthen links between health and nutrition and food security as a national development priority at all levels. Malnutrition affects millions of people around the world. Asia alone is home to almost 100 million stunted children.

Sadhana Mohan, WFP/Colombo, Tel. +94(0)112 555520 (ext) 2450, Mob. +94(0)773754233, sadhana.mohan@wfp.org,

 

COLOMBO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched a joint project in support of Government policy to fight undernutrition in Sri Lanka. The ‘Scaling Up Nutrition through Multi-Sector Approach’ was launched on 18 March 2015 at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine under the auspices of Honorable Dr. Rajith Senarathne, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine, D. M. R. B. Dissanayke, Secretary to the Ministry, Ismail Omer, Representative and Country Director of WFP Sri Lanka and representatives from FAO.

645789
03/27/2015 - 09:35

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Gautam, was the chief guest at the ceremony, attended by 200 government officials and members of the humanitarian community. WFP Assistant Executive Director, Manoj Juneja, and Dr. Gail Marzetti, Head of DFID were also present as special guests.

Mr Gautam praised WFPs efforts and called for the network of HSAs to be expanded: “This type of Humanitarian Staging Area should be built all across the nation as we are vulnerable to different types of disasters, such as fire in the dry season and floods during monsoon season,” he said.  

Mr Juneja went on to emphasize the importance of taking measures before an emergency strikes. “There is a huge amount of evidence that investing in preparedness saves more lives faster and significantly reduces costs, therefore, making sound social, economic and financial sense,” said Mr. Juneja. He went on to appeal for much needed resources. “WFP needs additional funds of around US$ 3.5 million to complete this important network of Emergency hubs throughout Kathmandu – without it the full impact of this important project cannot be realized.”

Under the leadership of Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs, a project was initiated in 2013 by WFP and the Logistics Cluster to develop four Humanitarian Staging Areas across the Kathmandu Valley from which strategic response in the event of a large-scale emergency, such as an earthquake or flooding will be mobilized.

The Humanitarian Staging Area that was officially opened today at the airport was constructed with the generous support of UK Aid, from the British Government through the Department for International Development (DFID). It will act as the main hub for airlifted and overland humanitarian assistance entering the Kathmandu Valley in case of an emergency.  

The Humanitarian Staging Area also has the potential to serve as a hub for predictable rapid-onset seasonal disasters such as flooding that occur annually.

WFP has provided food assistance in Nepal since 1964, and food to address emergency needs since 1967. During the decade of civil conflict (1996-2006), WFP responded to the food needs of people affected by conflict as well as those suffering from acute food insecurity. While the focus remained on humanitarian relief after 2006, WFP increasingly worked to address the causes of hunger, using a wider range of options. In 2014, WFP provided assistance to more than 492, 909 people in Nepal through emergency and livelihoods assistance.

 
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For more information please contact:
Sakun Gajurel, WFP/Nepal, Tel: +977 1 526 0607 (2431)
sakun.gajurel@wfp.org

 

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have today inaugurated the country’s first Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

645782
03/26/2015 - 16:33

This contribution is part of the US$88 million Japan pledged at the High Level Event on the Humanitarian Crisis in South Sudan held in Nairobi last month.

“The challenge we faced last year was reaching out to the people in dire need of assistance. WFP is our reliable partner to extend the assistance to the most vulnerable people in South Sudan. This is a very crucial time to boost the delivering capacity to those in need before the rainy season, ” said the Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Takeshi Akamatsu.

Most of the funding, US$3.2 million, will assist more than 45,700 children and 17,780 women by providing them with specialized fortified foods to treat moderate acute malnutrition and prevent those in highly food insecure environments from becoming malnourished.

“We welcome the Government of Japan’s contribution right now, because WFP is working hard to use the dry season to pre-position food in areas that will become inaccessible when heavy rains return,” said Joyce Luma, WFP Country Director in South Sudan. “As the lean season approaches, Japan’s support will enable WFP to continue its assistance to the most vulnerable mothers and children through a very challenging time ahead.”

The remainder of the Japanese funds – US$ 950,000 – will be used to support the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), managed by WFP, to continue its essential work of providing passenger and light air cargo services to 46 locations across the country. More than 250 humanitarian agencies rely on UNHAS services to deliver their life-saving assistance.

In 2015, WFP aims to assist 3 million people in South Sudan, including life-saving emergency assistance for 1.4 million people directly affected by conflict, including specialized nutrition support for 485,400 children under the age of 5 and 51,600 pregnant and nursing women.

This emergency assistance focuses on the three main conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity, as well as Protection of Civilians areas and other large centres hosting internally displaced people.

WFP still requires additional funding to pre-position sufficient food stocks ahead of the rainy season and thus reduce WFP’s reliance on costly air operations to reach people in need.

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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 75 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media @wfp_africa

For more information please contact:
George Fominyen, WFP Juba: mobile: +211 922 465 247, George.fominyen@wfp.org
Hisako Ishizaki, First Secretary, Embassy of Japan Tel: +959003152 E-mail: hisako.ishizaki@mofa.go.jp

 

JUBA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$4.2 million contribution from the Government of Japan to support both its emergency response in South Sudan, and its United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) in the country.

645775
03/25/2015 - 12:47

ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

The three UN agencies acknowledged the Japanese Ambassador in Ethiopia, His Excellency Mr. Kazuhiro Suzuki, for the crucial contribution to deliver life-saving assistance and services to refugees and the host community.

“This generous donation from the government of Japan will enable UNHCR to deliver protection and assistance to the most vulnerable of refugees. Over 90 percent of new arrivals are women and children and this funding means that we can provide them with a roof over their heads, protection and education,” said Valentin Tapsoba, UNHCR Director for the Regional Bureau of Africa.

The US$5.8 million donated to UNHCR will allow the agency to establish and develop a new camp called Jewi, where almost 50,000 South Sudanese refugees are being relocated from Leitchuor camp, which was flooded in last year’s rains. Services such as reception, registration, protection against sexual and gender-based violence, health, shelter and education will be provided thanks to this grant.

WFP received US$5 million, which will be used to provide food assistance every month for 240,000 refugees as well as school meals.  
“These South Sudanese refugees depend on the food and nutrition support that we provide, and we cannot allow them to go hungry,” said Mohamed Diab, WFP’s acting country director for Ethiopia. “We are very grateful to the government of Japan for this timely and generous contribution, which will help us ensure the refugees continue to receive life-saving assistance.”

There are currently 250,000 South Sudanese refugees living in camps in Gambella and among the host community, who are generously sharing natural resources with the refugees. The burden and risk of both vaccine-preventable and communicable diseases is also high in Gambella. In order to provide health services to the vulnerable host community and refugees in the region, WHO will use its contribution of US$1 million from Japan to provide essential vaccines and build the capacity of local health workers on disease surveillance and outbreak management, infection control and management of acute malnutrition, as well as improve cold chain management.

“WHO’s partnership with Japan will help to ensure that the refugees and vulnerable host community in Gambella are protected from communicable diseases and receive the care and support that they urgently need,” said Dr. Pierre M’pele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is currently home to 676,000 refugees, the highest number in any refugee-hosting country in Africa. UN agencies and NGOs are working in collaboration with the national refugee agency ARRA to provide assistance to all refugees.

For more information please contact:

UNHCR: Andy Needham, UNHCR/Ethiopia, needham@unhcr.org, Mob.+251936010672
WFP: Stephanie Savariaud, WFP/Addis Ababa, Stephanie.savariaud@wfp.org , Mob. +251 911 201 976
WHO: Viivi Erkkila, WHO/Ethiopia, erkkilav@who.int, Mob. +251 936 811947

 

ADDIS ABABA - The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) today thanked the government of Japan for its generous and timely donation of US$11.8 million to assist South Sudanese refugees and the host community in Gambella regional state in western Ethiopia.

645768
03/25/2015 - 09:57

The vehicles are part of a Russian global contribution to WFP of 218 trucks, valued at US$21 million, accompanied by mobile workshops, spare parts, technicians and an additional US$1.6 million to cover operational costs related to the trucks.

The sturdy trucks will form part of a regional fleet based in Kampala and serving WFP operations in Uganda and nearby countries. Fifty-three of them will be dispatched to South Sudan immediately while the rest will be stationed in Uganda. Another 61 of the 218 trucks are expected to arrive later this year for use both in the region and elsewhere in Africa.

“WFP greatly appreciates the generosity of the Russian government for this contribution, which will enhance WFP’s fleet capacity in the region,” said acting WFP Country Director Michael Dunford, as he received the trucks at the agency’s Tororo regional warehouse today.

“As one of the world’s leading humanitarian organizations, WFP needs to respond quickly to breaking emergencies to save lives and meet the needs of people affected by crisis,” Dunford said.

In Uganda this year, WFP plans to assist more than 1.5 million people at a cost of nearly US$130 million. WFP’s operations elsewhere in the region include South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Ethiopia.

“The Russian Federation regards WFP as an efficient organization in addressing hunger and strengthening food security in the world. We welcome with satisfaction our cooperation, which is developing and has positive dynamics,” said Sergey Shishkin, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation.

“Our participation in WFP’s humanitarian operations is spreading geographically. Many African countries have received Russian aid through WFP. We hope the world’s best-in-class KAMAZ trucks will support WFP’s lofty aims in Uganda, South Sudan and elsewhere in Africa,” added Ambassador Shishkin.

WFP has established a regional trucking fleet based in Kampala due to Uganda’s close proximity to hotspots in eastern and central Africa.

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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 75 countries.

For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):
Lydia Wamala, WFP/Kampala, Tel. (office) +256 312 242 000 or (cell) +256 758 778 037 +256 772 287 034
Challiss McDonough, WFP/Nairobi, Tel (office) +254.20.762.2179 or (cell) +254.707.722.104
Radmir Gaynanov, Head/Consular Section, Russian Embassy Kampala@dks.ru

 

TORORO, Uganda –A contribution of 67 KAMAZ trucks, donated by the government of the Russian Federation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), will assist its distributions and deliveries in Uganda and throughout the East and Central African region.

645742
03/23/2015 - 17:27

•    The government aims to provide assistance to all 162,000 people estimated affected by the storm. WFP is supplementing government food packages with rice and biscuits fortified with vitamins and minerals over the coming weeks. Further ahead, WFP expects to provide assistance for several months for those who were most severely affected by the storm.

•    So far, food packages have been dispatched from Port Vila to six priority islands in Shefa Province and to Tanna Island in Tafea Province. Further island dispatches are planned. An Australian military aircraft with almost 50 metric tons of WFP fortified biscuits is on its way from the Philippines to Port Vila.

•    WFP, which leads the humanitarian community’s logistics and telecommunications services, has brought to Vanuatu equipment and team members to handle receiving, storing and transport of relief items, as well as satellite and solar equipment to help re-establish contact with island communities.

•    On the weekend, the WFP-managed United Nations Humanitarian Relief Depot in Dubai sent in generators, hygiene kits and other emergency equipment on behalf of WFP and humanitarian partners.

•    WFP needs a total of US$7.73 million for food, logistics and telecommunications operations over the next three months. WFP is grateful for contributions received from the Government of Australia and the Office of United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, as well as logistical support in the form of cargo aircraft made available by the Government of Australia and the Government of the United Arab Emirates.

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WFP video and photos from Vanuatu are available at the below links.
To view WFP video (streaming link):
http://content.jwplatform.com/videos/fi4vXm8T-owG8ISvN.mp4
To download broadcast-quality WFP video: https://www.hightail.com/download/UlRTRGx5eFVVVG1xV2NUQw
To download WFP photos:
https://www.yousendit.com/download/UlRTRGx5eFVOMUJWeHNUQw

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 75 countries.

Follow us on Twitter @wfp_media, @wfp_asia

For more information please contact: (first name.last name@wfp.org)
Victoria Cavanagh, WFP/Vanuatu, Mob. +678-546-9846
Silke Buhr, 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
Bettina Luescher, WFP/New York, Tel. +1-646-5566909, Mob.  +1-646-8241112

 

ROME/PORT VILA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Government of Vanuatu’s food distributions in priority areas to feed survivors of Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.