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.

17 August 2005

WFP steps up emergency distributions of food in Mauritania, including to 6,300 people suffering from serious food shortages in parts of the remote Hodh Chargui region.

16 August 2005

Bamako WFP increases its emergency appeal for Mali in order to feed an additional 175,000 children in the hardest-hit parts of the country and avoid it slipping into a humanitarian crisis similar to neighbouring Niger.

14 August 2005

Barcelona Soccer\'s reigning World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, the charismatic Brazilian renowned for his smile and his ability to score jaw-dropping goals, is to use his global celebrity to help WFP in its fight against child hunger, the agency announces.

27 July 2005

Rome - As the international humanitarian response to Niger's severe hunger crisis gathers pace, WFP announces that a series of airlifts will deliver life-saving emergency rations to feed 80,000 victims of the country\'s intensifying emergency.

21 July 2005

Rome In response to repeated appeals to the international community to help stave off the deepening hunger crisis in Niger, WFP announces that a much-needed airlift of food commodities from Réunir, a French aid agency, has arrived in Maradi, one of the hardest hit areas of the country.

10 July 2005

Though food distributions are improving conditions for thousands of people across the West African nation of Mauritania, WFP calls for greater international assistance to address worrying levels of malnutrition, particularly in the south and south-east of the country.

22 June 2005

Dakar - In advance of the international donor countries meeting for the G8 at Gleneagles, Scotland, WFP warns that less than US$10 million could tilt the balance from despair to hope for the most vulnerable victims of the current food crisis in two of the world\'s poorest countries: Niger and Mali.

13 June 2005

Rome Africans have learned the grim lesson that it sometimes takes a natural or man-made catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions to highlight their plight. "What terrible things do we have to do to get the government\'s attention," says one man living in the war-torn province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.