News release

6 August 2005

Rome - WFP heralds the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. The announcement at the White House brings the United States\' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom\'s support to some US$300 million.

29 April 2005

Djibouti - WFP warns that 30,000 people in Djibouti face serious food shortages following three years of poor rains. The agency is appealing for US$2.5 million to assist the drought victims, including almost 6,000 malnourished children under the age of five, over the next six months.

15 April 2005

Asmara In Eritrea, where five successive years of inadequate rainfall have led to two-thirds of the population relying almost entirely on food assistance for survival, WFP has responded to increasing needs by revising and extending its emergency operation.

31 January 2005

Rome Ethiopia is enjoying a bumper harvest from the 2004 main season now projected to be more than 24 percent above the previous year\'s revised estimate of 11.49 million tonnes and 21 percent above the average for the past five years, according to a joint UN report.

12 August 2004

Addis Ababa - WFP warns that it would be forced to make a drastic cut in food rations for 118,000 refugees in camps in Ethiopia, unless donations of US$4.2 million are made urgently to provide enough food for at least the next six months.

30 June 2004

Addis Ababa - WFP today started an airlift of enriched food from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to Sudan\'s North Darfur and South Darfur states to help feed the most vulnerable among some one million people uprooted from their homes by conflict.

15 March 2004

Addis Ababa - WFP urges donors to give cash to enable humanitarian agencies to purchase food locally to assist millions of drought-affected people in Ethiopia.

20 February 2004

Addis Ababa - WFP announces that it has been forced to reduce the amount of food distributed to refugees in Ethiopia due to lack of funding. The 126,000 refugees will only receive 70 percent of the food considered adequate for a healthy diet.

14 January 2004

Rome Despite a good harvest, 7.2 million people still require assistance to meet minimum food requirements in 2004, according to a joint report released by two United Nations agencies. Last year, 13.2 million Ethiopians needed food assistance.