Entries in World Food Program (2)


WFP Executive Director to Visit Libyan Border, Refugees in Tunisia

Photo Courtesy - Fred Dufour/AFP/ Getty Images(ROME) -- The executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will travel to Tunisia Monday to assess and discuss the humanitarian needs stemming from the civil unrest across the border in Libya.

According to the WFP, over 40,000 people have crossed the border into Tunisia in the past week, fleeing the violence among protesters and security forces in Libya.  Several refugees have said that they faced limited access to food while traveling between their homes and workplaces in Libya.

The WFP's Josette Sheeran will meet with some of these refugees during her trip to the Libyan border.  She will also meet with aid officials and local authorities to determine the food needs of those who cross into Tunisia.

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US to Provide Additional $90 Million to Aid Pakistani Flood Victims

Photo Courtesy - United States Army(ROME) -- The U.S. government on Monday announced that it will give an additional $90 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan to help the millions of flood-affected people living there.  The government plans to make the contribution through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

“The United States has been able to use both in-kind food assistance and local procurement in this response demonstrating how our new flexibility allow us to ensure aid is delivered in a way that supports a faster recovery,” explained USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg at the WFP Executive Board Meeting in Rome.

To date, more than $227 million in emergency food assistance has been contributed by the United States to Pakistanis affected by floods.

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