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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

11/20/2018 - 17:18

“What Yemen needs most is peace because that would make the greatest amount of difference in every Yemeni life,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “In the meantime, this important donation will help us save children on the brink of death. I thank the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a contribution that will truly save lives.” 

Beasley has just returned from a visit to Yemen, where he witnessed first-hand the human suffering caused by years of conflict. WFP is currently providing food assistance to 7 – 8 million severely hungry people there every month but has started scaling up its operations due to the deteriorating food security situation. Rapidly rising prices have put what limited food there is beyond the reach of many Yemeni families. 

Beasley added that the new contribution will allow WFP to expand cash-based assistance which helps not just those buying food and other basic items but also merchants and small businesses – a key step in kick-starting the collapsed Yemeni economy. 

Beasley recently made his first official visit to the UAE, where he met with the leadership to discuss the country’s role in providing humanitarian support for Yemen. He addressed the UN Security Council last week asking for an end to the conflict and requesting more funding for humanitarian assistance.

Earlier this year, the UAE and KSA jointly pledged US$930 million for humanitarian assistance in Yemen, of which US$442 million went to WFP. 

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DUBAI/RIYADH – The United Nations World Food programme (WFP) welcomes a pledge of US$500 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for humanitarian food assistance to Yemen. The funds, which will partially go to WFP, will cover shortfalls in the current humanitarian response while helping WFP scale up its operation to provide life-saving food assistance to 10-12 million severely hungry people in Yemen, including more than 2 million children.

11/19/2018 - 11:24

“Over the past 25 years, WFP has worked in close partnership with the Government of Nepal to provide for the needs of more than 113,000 refugees, and disbursed more than USD 86 million (NPR 10 billion) in food and cash assistance,” said WFP Country Director Pippa Bradford. “WFP remains committed to helping the government to find ways to address their concerns, and find sustainable solutions,” she added, speaking on the well-being of the remaining 6,500 refugees. 

From December, WFP will disburse the last remaining funds as a ‘close-out package’ ensuring that all refugees receive funds for three to six months, with priority given to the most vulnerable. After the transition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will continue to provide targeted cash assistance to the most socio-economically vulnerable refugees to meet some of their basic needs.
WFP and UNHCR will continue to work with the Government of Nepal and other countries to find sustainable alternative solutions for the remaining refugees.


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KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will transition out of its food assistance program in Nepal to refugees from Bhutan starting in January 2019. The programme, spanning over 25 years, has helped thousands of refugees meet their daily nutritional needs since their arrival in Nepal in 1992. This transition follows a successful resettlement programme of the refugees to countries including the USA, Canada and Australia.

11/15/2018 - 11:33
Responding to Emergencies

“What Yemen needs is peace,” said David Beasley. “Only then will it be possible to re-start the economy, get the currency under control and start paying public salaries, so people can have the money they need to buy food and other basics.”

In the face of rapidly rising hunger, WFP is preparing to scale up to provide food and cash-based assistance for as many as 12 million people whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict. WFP is already reaching 7-8 million people with food assistance every month. 

“My heart is breaking after what I saw at the hospital in Hodeidah,” said Beasley. “Small children, so malnourished they’re little more than skin and bone, lying there with hardly the strength to breathe. In the name of humanity, I urge all warring parties to put an end to this horrific war. Let the children live and let the people start to rebuild their lives.”

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Beasley is one of a number of top UN officials who will be in New York to address a UN Security Council session on Yemen starting at 15.00 on Friday, EST. The event will be webcast:

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ROME – A heartfelt plea for an end to the fighting in Yemen has been issued by the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme as he concluded a three-day visit to the country which has become the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.  

11/07/2018 - 18:17

SANTIAGO DE CHILE / PANAMA CITY - Hunger, malnutrition, lack of micronutrients, overweight and obesity have greater impact on people with lower income, women, indigenous people, Afro-descendants and rural families in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new UN report.

The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security 2018, focuses on the close linkages between economic and social inequality and the higher levels of hunger, obesity and malnutrition of the most vulnerable populations of the region.

According to the report, in Latin America, 8,4% of women live in severe food insecurity, compared to 6,9% of men, while indigenous populations generally suffer greater food insecurity than non-indigenous people. In ten countries, children from the poorest 20% of households suffer three times more stunting than the richest 20%.

The Panorama indicates that one of the main causes of the rise of malnutrition in vulnerable population groups are the changes that the region’s food systems have undergone– the cycle of food from production to consumption–.

These changes have affected the entire population, but the most excluded members of society have suffered the worst effects; while many have increased their consumption of healthy foods such as milk and meat, often they must opt for cheap products with high fat, sugar and salt content.

To respond to growing malnutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Program (WFP), call on countries to implement public policies that combat inequality and promote healthy and sustainable food systems.

Each year obesity grows by 3.6 million people

Obesity has become the greatest nutritional threat in Latin America and the Caribbean. Nearly one in four adults is obese. Overweight affects 73% (3.9 million) of children under 5 years of age, a figure that exceeds the world average of 5.6%, the Panorama report indicates.

“Obesity is growing uncontrollably. Each year we are adding 3.6 million obese people to this region. 250 million people live with overweight, 60% of the regional population. The situation is appalling,” said FAO’s Regional Representative Julio Berdegué.

“Although undernourishment persists in the region, particularly in vulnerable populations, we must also consider obesity and overweight, which also affect these groups. A multisectoral approach is needed, one that ensures access to balanced and healthy foods while addressing other social factors that also impact on these forms of malnutrition, such as access to education, water and sanitation, and health services”, said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of PAHO/WHO. "We must advance access to universal healthcare so that all people can receive the care and prevention measures they need due to malnutrition and its long-term consequences”, she added.

For the third consecutive year, undernourishment increased

According to the Panorama, hunger affects 39.3 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, 6.1% of the regional population. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of undernourished people grew by 200 thousand people. Between 2016 and 2017, the increase was 400 thousand; This shows that the speed of deterioration is increasing.

Since 2014, Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela saw increases in their number of undernourished people. The largest increase occurred in Venezuela: 600 thousand more people only between 2014-2016 and 2015-2017.

Venezuela has become one of the countries with the highest number of undernourishment in the region (3.7 million, 11.7% of its population), along with Haiti (5 million, 45.7% of its population) and Mexico (4.8 million, 3.8% of its population). 

It should be noted, however, that in Haiti and Mexico hunger has fallen in the last three years, as well as in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. They are the only four countries that have achieved this reduction since 2014.

Eleven countries maintain their number of undernourished people relatively unchanged: Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru. On the other hand, Brazil, Cuba and Uruguay are the three countries in the region with percentages of hunger below 2.5% of their population.

Economic and social inequality is associated with child stunting

According to the Panorama, social and economic inequalities are also apparent in child stunting. In Honduras, stunting affects 42% of children in lower income families and only 8% of those living in higher income contexts. In Guatemala, the difference is greater: stunting affects the poorest 66% and only 17% of the children of higher-income families.

Stunting is also greater in the indigenous population. In Ecuador, 42% of indigenous children lived with chronic malnutrition compared to 25% of the national average (2012). In Guatemala, stunting affected 61% of indigenous children in 2014-2015 and only 34% of non-indigenous children.

Children in rural areas also have worse indicators than those living in urban areas. In Belize, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Suriname the rates of stunting in rural areas exceed the rates observed in urban areas by more than 50%.

“Stunting is closely correlated with inequality and poverty, but overweight is also increasingly affecting the poorest children. They face conditions of high social and economic vulnerability and suffer from inequitable access to health services and healthy diets,” said María Cristina Perceval, regional director for UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean.

Women suffer more food insecurity than men

The Panorama indicates that 19 million women suffer severe food insecurity, compared to 15 million men. In all the countries of the region, the obesity rate of adult women is higher than that of men. In 19 of them, the rate of female obesity is at least 10 percentage points higher than that of men.

But the inequality that affects women is not only seen in terms of gender: anemia in women of childbearing age, for example, affects women with fewer resources to a greater extent than women that belong to a higher income bracket.

“Gender equity is a valuable policy instrument to reduce inequalities We need to strengthen it in practice, which involves promoting equality in access and control of household resources, as well as in decisions to empower women in inequality”, said Miguel Barreto, Regional Director of WFP for Latin America and the Caribbean. 


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Obesity grows by 3.6 million people every year in the region, while hunger has increased in three countries since 2014, according to a new report from FAO, PAHO, UNICEF and WFP.

11/05/2018 - 10:31

WFP’s Executive Director, David Beasley, and Alibaba Partner and Chairman of the Alibaba Foundation, Sun Lijun, signed the agreement at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, China.

Under the framework, Alibaba will provide its leading technology and resources to support the digital transformation of WFP’s operations. In particular, Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba, will collaborate with WFP to develop a digital “World Hunger Map” to monitor the status of global hunger and help enhance the efficiency of operations to support efforts towards the goal of ending world hunger by 2030.

“Alleviating global poverty and fighting hunger is the shared vision of Alibaba and WFP,” said Sun. “We look forward to joining the global campaign of fighting hunger using our innovative technologies in data intelligence and cloud computing, as well as sharing our experience in China and worldwide. “

Beasley lauded the strategic partnership as a milestone in the relationship between WFP and China’s private sector. 

“We now have a great ally in the fight against hunger,” he said. “The support and expertise of the Alibaba Group – including their cloud computing, advanced data analytic capabilities, and online platforms – will help WFP become even more efficient and effective in its work to reverse the trend of rising hunger around the world.” 

The visual “World Hunger Map” is intended to leverage data insights to help WFP improve assessment and monitoring to increase efficiency and shorten emergency response times. To coordinate their joint efforts, the parties will also create a Digital Transformation Working Group to determine priorities, assess new opportunities, and review progress on projects.

Alibaba established the Alibaba Poverty Relief Program in December 2017, aiming to invest RMB10 billion in five years to alleviate poverty with focuses on education, rural commerce advancement, empowering women, healthcare and environmental sustainability.  In August, 2017, Alibaba worked with WFP on a poverty alleviation project by connecting small farmers in Anhui, a province in Eastern China, directly with the market to obtain better prices for agricultural produce. 

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HANGZHOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Alibaba Group (Alibaba), the world’s largest e-commerce company by transaction value, have entered into a strategic partnership to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – a world with zero hunger. 

11/02/2018 - 10:18

Bangkok, Thailand – Four specialized agencies of the United Nations today warned of a colossal human loss to Asia and the Pacific and its economies if countries in the region do not recommit themselves to ending all forms of malnutrition and achieving zero hunger by 2030.

The warning came during the launch of a new regional report revealing that the reduction in the number of hungry and malnourished people – including children – has come to a virtual standstill in many parts of Asia and the Pacific.

The Asia and Pacific region accounts for well over half of the world’s undernourished – nearly half a billion people (486 million). While recently released global figures indicate an overall rise in the prevalence of hunger worldwide, returning to levels from a decade ago, this regional report points out that stagnation in combating hunger and malnutrition in Asia and the Pacific is also a major concern due to the large numbers of people involved.

The report, Asia and the Pacific Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition, published today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), highlights a number of converging challenges that threaten to undermine the Sustainable Development Goal to end all forms of malnutrition by 2030 (SDG 2).

“Progress in reducing undernourishment has slowed tremendously. The report’s estimates show that the number of hungry people has barely changed during the past two years, making it increasingly difficult to achieve the Zero Hunger target of SDG 2,” the regional heads of the four UN agencies wrote in their joint foreword.

A colossal human and economic loss

The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than half of the world’s malnourished children. Malnutrition covers a broad spectrum and affects people of all ages – ranging from severe undernutrition to overweight and obesity – but children in particular, continue to bear the burden. In this region, 79 million children, or one child in every four below the age of five, suffers from stunting and 34 million children are wasting, 12 million of whom suffer from severe acute malnutrition with drastically increased risk of death. While some significant progress has been made towards a reduction of stunting, there has been little improvement in wasting during the past decade. 
“The sad reality is that an unacceptably large number of children in the region continue to face the multiple burden of malnutrition despite decades of economic growth. This is a colossal human loss given the association between undernutrition and poor cognitive development, with severe lifelong consequences for the future of these children,” the regional UN heads said, noting this also results in economic losses to a nation’s economy due to missed opportunities of human potential. 
The report points out that, from a cost-benefit perspective, many nutrition interventions can result in a return of USD 16 for every dollar invested.

Drivers and determinants of malnutrition

Incidences of climate-related disasters have been rising in the region. Natural disasters impact food security and nutrition through reduced food production, which can then cascade down to the entire food value chain, affecting livelihoods and causing economic and agricultural loss. Beyond the short term, disasters can impact the agriculture sector through loss of assets and rural infrastructure, and through increased disease outbreaks. According to recent FAO estimates, Asia suffered a staggering loss of USD 48 billion during 2005-2015. Countries need to adapt agriculture to become more resilient to climate related events and to mitigate the damage they can cause.

Limited or poor access to safe food and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is another of the key drivers of malnutrition among children. To contribute substantially to reducing malnutrition, food safety and WASH improvements and coverage must be improved and expanded across the region.

Persistent hunger and rising obesity: Unacceptable developments in an otherwise prosperous region

The report also highlights the almost paradoxical reality of an increase in obesity of both children and adults in the region. It reveals that the region is now home to the fastest growing prevalence of childhood obesity in the world.

Asia and the Pacific has witnessed rapid growth in the number of overweight children and the serious consequences that entails for their future health and well-being. An estimated 14.5 million children under five are overweight and virtually all children in the region are increasingly exposed to cheap, unhealthy processed foods high in salt, sugar and fat but poor in essential nutrients. “This double burden of malnutrition sees undernourished and overweight children living in the same communities and households and it can even occur within the same child,” the report said.

As migration from rural to urban areas continues apace, particularly involving poorer families, urban malnutrition is another challenge facing many countries. At the current rate of urbanization, by 2030, more than 55 percent of the Asian population will be living in cities and towns. While urbanization can bring economic opportunity, the growth is often not equitable and is associated with a concurrent prevalence of high and sustained undernutrition in children with rapidly rising rates of obesity in children and adults.

“These developments in food security and nutrition are at odds with the region’s continuing high level of economic growth,” the regional UN agency heads noted, with new concerns raised that a large majority of countries in the region now risk missing both SDG 2 and World Health Assembly targets on nutrition.

Efforts to fight malnutrition must also go hand in hand with those to build and sustain peace, the report says, and there is an urgent need to accelerate and scale up actions that strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity of people and their livelihoods to climate variability and extremes.

FAO, UNICEF, WFP, WHO: “sense of urgency cannot be overstated”

This is the first time that the four UN agencies responsible for helping countries in Asia and the Pacific achieve food security, improve maternal and child health and welfare, have jointly published such a report. Their joint efforts underline the urgency of the present situation and represents a united front and call to action in urging governments to show greater resolve in meeting previous commitments to end hunger and improve food security and nutrition across the region.

The four UN agencies summarize the report’s findings: “What is becoming increasingly clear is that the world cannot meet the 2030 target of zero hunger if Asia and the Pacific – the world’s most populous region – is not leading the way. It is a hard reality but one that must be faced with a united determination to turn things around.”

The report concludes with a cautious note of optimism. “Together, we hope that the findings of this report will contribute to a more informed dialogue. Without doubt, all stakeholders must make much greater efforts to accelerate progress toward the goals of a healthy and hunger-free Asia and the Pacific but their action is needed now. The sense of urgency cannot be overstated.”

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Allan Dow, FAO Regional Communication Officer Tel: +66 81 899 7354 or +66 2 697 4126 Email: 
Shima Islam, UNICEF Regional Communication Specialist Tel: +66 (0) 2 356 9407, Mobile: +66 (0) 62 602 8540, Email:
Frances Kennedy, WFP Regional Communications Officer, Mobile +66 845558985 Email: 
Ruel Serrano, Communications Unit, WHO Western Pacific Region, Tel: +63 2 528 9993, Mob: +63 908 891 4532, Email:

World’s biggest region at serious risk of missing 2030 targets to end all forms of malnutrition—from hunger to obesity

11/01/2018 - 15:22
The Rome-based humanitarian agency provides food assistance to more than 90 million people in more than 80 countries.
Hudson’s appointment as a WFP Goodwill Ambassador will be celebrated during a special ceremony hosted by Michael Kors on 7 November in Los Angeles, California.
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Kate Hudson is a role model both on and off-screen. She has championed WFP’s mission since 2015 when she first joined Michael Kors’ Watch Hunger Stop campaign. She has lent her talents to advocate for the global fight against hunger through this campaign that raises funds for WFP’s school meals programme.
"As a mother, I understand the vital importance proper food and nutrition play in the life of a child,” said Hudson. “The work of the World Food Programme is so much more than just feeding people, it’s about strengthening families, rebuilding communities, and ensuring everyone, everywhere has access to the food they need to not only survive, but thrive. After seeing their work first-hand, I’m sure that if we can get more people involved in this movement we really can move closer to a world with Zero Hunger.”
Through her involvement with the Watch Hunger Stop campaign, Kate Hudson visited several elementary schools in rural Cambodia supported by WFP’s school feeding programme and met with local family farmers who grow the ingredients for the school lunches.
“Kate’s incredible passion and commitment to speaking up on behalf of the hungry around the world is an inspiration to all of us,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. “We are honored to welcome Kate in her new role as our Goodwill Ambassador, as she helps us advocate for those we serve around the world.”
In her role as WFP Goodwill Ambassador, Hudson will lend her voice to speak up on behalf of those 821 million people who go to sleep hungry every night. In addition, she will use her platforms to showcase WFP’s work and engage her millions of supporters in advocating for a Zero Hunger world.
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ROME, ITALY - Golden Globe winning actress, author and entrepreneur Kate Hudson was today appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

10/31/2018 - 08:55

Cox’s Bazar has been one of WFP’s largest Asia operations since August 2017 when more than 900,000 Rohingya refugees began fleeing repression in Rakhine State, Myanmar. The Danish government was one of the first donors to support WFP in meeting the urgent humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees. Having allocated 203 million DKK in 2017, and 360 million DKK so far in 2018, Denmark plans to further increase humanitarian and development assistance. 

During their two-day visit to Cox’s Bazar Tørnæs and Beasley saw first-hand WFP’s general food assistance programmes, disaster risk reduction work, nutrition centres and school feeding, as well as site management and engineering work carried out by WFP with the International Organisation of Migration and the UN Refugee Agency.

The Minister stressed the need for further cooperation, dialogue, and sustained efforts from the international community.  ‘It has been one year since I last visited these camps. I am pleased to see positive changes. Indeed, the resilience demonstrated by the Rohingya community is evident to us all. I am impressed with the results of the combined efforts of the international community and the Government of Bangladesh. 

‘There is of course much more to be done. Yet, I must express appreciation for the work the World Food Programme is carrying out supporting 870,000 refugees with protection, food, and shelter. I also commend the incredible efforts by the Government of Bangladesh supporting the Rohingya refugees. Denmark is proud to stand behind Bangladesh through these challenging times,’ Tornaes said.

Beasley said: “For the past year, I have been haunted by the stories I heard here in Cox’s Bazar from people who survived unspeakable persecution in Myanmar. Returning to these camps now I am heartened by the obvious improvements and am more determined than ever that the World Food Programme will stand with those in need. More works need to be done to support the Rohingya people and local Bangladeshi communities. International communities need to work with Bangladesh to give hope and provide education for the innocent Rohingya children. 

‘This crisis must not be forgotten. I am grateful to the people of Bangladesh for all it has done to offer sanctuary to those who fled Rakhine State, and I am grateful to the financial support and partnership of Denmark that has allowed WFP to continue its work here,’ Beasley said.

The joint visit to Bangladesh underlined the strategic cooperation between the Danish Government and the World Food Programme to promote food security particularly in vulnerable countries and contexts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030, and on promoting partnerships to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  

About Danish Development Cooperation: Denmark is supporting Rohingyas in Myanmar and Bangladesh through several partners including the WFP, UNHCR, ICRC, IOM, Danish Refugee Council in programmes for a total value of 318 million DKK. In addition to the projects led by the WFP, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation also visited other Danish government-supported humanitarian projects on protection, food, and shelter for the refugees. Additionally, Denmark has amended its bilateral country programme by allocating a further 83 million DKK to increase resistance among local host communities impacted by the mass migration.  

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DHAKA – The Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnæs, who has just concluded a joint visit to the refugee camps in Kutupalong-Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar, with the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, today announced extra funding of $US4.6 million (30 million DKK) to meet the urgent food needs of Rohingya refugees and host communities.

10/29/2018 - 17:16

The exercise was concluded on Wednesday October 24th 2018, in the last two remaining locations – Bidibidi refugee settlement and Kampala.

The verification exercise commenced in March 2018 following a joint announcement and commitment by the Prime Minister of Uganda Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Mr Filipo Grandi to undertake an audit to establish the number of refugees and asylum seekers in the country.

Over the past eight months, OPM and UNHCR conducted the verification exercise with six teams operating simultaneously in refugee settlements in Uganda. Over 400 staff were involved in the exercise and moved across more than 68 verification sites set up by World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR.

In total, close to 1.1 million refugees were verified and biometrically enrolled from the target population of 1.4 million refugees. This represents 75% of the population that had sought asylum in Uganda prior to the verification start date in March 2018. An additional number of cases were closed upon verification due to death or spontaneous return to their countries of origin.

More detailed results, analysis and updated population figures of asylum-seekers and refugees in Uganda will be made available soon.

Verification exercises conducted in any refugee situation usually result in reductions in numbers. Many factors contribute to these reductions, including movement around the country or beyond, or simply no- shows. In the Ugandan context, these factors played a role. There were also some cases of multiple registrations by refugees at the height of the emergency influxes of South Sudanese refugees between
mid-2016 and mid-2017, when registration systems were sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number and speed of arrivals. These cases were identified and removed from the database.

This exercise was made possible through solid collaboration between all parties, including settlement administration, government and NGO partners, as well as the close partnership between OPM, UNHCR and WFP.

As importantly, refugees were key supporters of the verification exercise and helped spread messages across communities, ensuring a good turn-out.

Progressively, as the verification was completed in settlements, new food assistance collection procedures were rolled out by WFP, UNHCR and OPM. Under the new system, each person receiving assistance is confirmed against biometric data collection in the verification exercise. These procedures mitigate the risk of fraud, ensuring that assistance is well managed and provided only to verified, eligible refugees and asylum-seekers.

The new registration systems will be comprehensively deployed for registration of new arrivals and to update refugee population changes in Uganda by the end of the year, strengthening management of the refugee response by OPM and UNHCR, and enabling WFP and other partners to improve planning and implementation of essential protection and assistance activities.


Media Contacts:

Joel Boutroue,
UNHCR Representative Tel: 0771 000 023

Julius Mucunguzi,
Advisor and Head Communications, OPM; Tel: 0776 210307

Lydia Wamala, Communications Officer, WFP;
Tel: 0772 287034

KAMPALA: The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency have concluded the countrywide biometric verification exercise of all asylum-seekers and refugees in Uganda.

10/25/2018 - 15:05

​They will host a briefing for journalists in Dhaka. Breakfast will be served from 7.30am

Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Time: 8.00am

Location: Westin Hotel, Bronze Room (4th floor)

Photo material related to the visit will be made available to journalists.

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Dhaka – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Mr David Beasley, and the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ms. Ulla Tørnæs, will visit Bangladesh next week for meetings with government partners and to visit the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar.