News release

18 August 2005

Brussels - WFP welcomes a cash donation of five million euros from Belgium which will allow the agency to provide urgently needed food to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Niger, Mali, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

1 August 2005

Jakarta Concluding a four-day trip to Indonesia to see tsunami devastation at first hand, WFP Executive Director James Morris announces the establishment of a humanitarian air base in Malaysia dedicated to serving UN and other aid groups shipping relief supplies into Indonesia and other affected countries.

12 July 2005

WFP and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), are launching a contest in which young people from across the United States will compete for first prize in a video game contest.

23 June 2005

Bangkok - Having launched one of the most complex emergency operations in its history, during which it delivered food, medicine and even helped evacuate the injured, WFP has shifted focus to long-term recovery.

23 April 2005

Banda Aceh - As Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tours this disaster-hit zone of Indonesia to observe Japan\'s humanitarian aid at work, WFP hails his country\'s generous support of the food aid agency\'s tsunami emergency operation.

4 April 2005

Bangkok - One hundred days after the 26 December tsunami ripped through the Indian Ocean, WFP is back in emergency mode to get urgently needed relief to more than 200,000 victims of Indonesia\'s latest earthquake.

30 March 2005

Jakarta - Less than 10 hours after the undersea earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, WFP launched a major emergency response, using a dedicated fleet of aircraft to deliver emergency aid to the affected islands, while evacuating critically injured people.

25 March 2005

Bangkok Three months after the 26 December Indian Ocean tsunami, WFP declares that starvation and widespread malnutrition have been averted in the wake of one of history\'s worst natural disasters.

28 February 2005

London The former Australia rugby captain and WFP humanitarian partner, Nick Farr-Jones, arrives in Indonesia on the first day of a four-day mission to highlight the long-term challenges faced by communities whose livelihoods were devastated by the tsunami last year.

2 February 2005

Banda Aceh WFP pays tribute to the UK government\'s generous donation to the agency\'s relief effort in the tsunami crisis, as Suma Chakrabarti, the Permanent Secretary to Britain\'s Department for International Development (DFID) arrived in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh to see for himself the affected area.