Latest World Food Programme News

This is how the US-built pier to bring aid to Gaza worked — or not

Jul. 17, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military's pier to get humanitarian aid into Gaza has come to an end after a series of problems. The pier was pulled from the Gaza shore on June 28 due to rough seas, and bad weather prevented troops from reinstalling it. Now, it's being dismantled and...

Hunger grips Yemen even more. The UN says more than half of households aren't eating enough

Jul. 01, 2024 12:51 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — More than half of households in Yemen are not eating enough due to poor economic conditions and a months-long pause in food assistance to millions of people in the rebel-held north, the United Nations food agency said Monday. The World Food Program update said...

UN World Food Program decries looting and burning of its warehouse in western Myanmar combat zone

Jun. 25, 2024 11:43 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The United Nations’ food agency on Tuesday strongly condemned the looting of food supplies and burning of one of its warehouses over the weekend in a war-torn area in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine. A statement released by the World Food Program said the...

Darfur sees an increase in much needed food aid, but it’s still not enough to avert famine, UN says

Jun. 20, 2024 17:35 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Families in Sudan’s embattled western Darfur region have finally received an emergency increase in food aid that is much needed to help avert looming famine, the U.N. food agency said Thursday. The World Food Program said in an update that five convoys carrying 5,000...

Some life-saving food assistance entered South Darfur, UN says, but aid groups say more is needed

Jun. 19, 2024 18:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — South Darfur saw a slight increase in critical aid when the U.N.'s World Food Program delivered life-saving food and nutrition to some families across the violence-riddled western Sudanese state, the organization said. But more assistance is needed, humanitarian organizations say. ...

US-built pier in Gaza is facing its latest challenge — whether the UN will keep delivering the aid

Jun. 14, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-built pier to bring food to Gaza is facing one of its most serious challenges yet — its humanitarian partner is deciding if it can safely and ethically keep delivering supplies arriving by the U.S. sea route to starving Palestinians. The United Nations,...

UN food agency pauses its aid work at US pier in Gaza over security concerns, in latest setback

Jun. 09, 2024 22:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The director of the U.N. World Food Program said Sunday the program has “paused” its distribution of humanitarian aid from an American-built pier off Gaza, saying she was “concerned about the safety of our people" after what had been one of the deadliest days of the war...

UN agencies say over 1 million in Gaza could experience highest level of starvation by mid-July

Jun. 05, 2024 13:09 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — United Nations agencies warned Wednesday that over 1 million Palestinians in Gaza could experience the highest level of starvation by the middle of next month if hostilities continue. The World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization said in a joint...

Nearly 3 out of 10 children in Afghanistan face crisis or emergency level of hunger in 2024

May. 29, 2024 09:24 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — About 6.5 million children in Afghanistan were forecast to experience crisis levels of hunger in 2024, a nongovernmental organization said. Nearly three out of 10 Afghan children will face crisis or emergency levels of hunger this year as the country feels the...

From Zambia to Afghanistan, WFP warns El Nino's extreme weather is causing a surge in hunger

May. 22, 2024 20:51 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Extreme weather attributed to the El Nino phenomenon is causing a surge in hunger in several countries, including Zambia and Afghanistan, the UN's World Food Programme said Wednesday, and called on donors for much-needed help. El Niño is a natural,...