News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

16 September 2008

Music stars join in Pavarotti memorial concert for Afghan refugees

A year after his death, Luciano Pavarotti’s legacy of generosity lives on in a tribute charity concert and memorial ceremony to be held in Petra, Jordan on 11 and 12 October.
16 September 2008

WFP triples aid deliveries in storm-ravaged Haiti

The amount of food being sent to tens of thousands of people on the storm-ravaged island of Haiti has tripled over the past week as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has accelerated its hurricane response.

10 September 2008

Major food appeal for Zimbabwe as WFP relief distributions begin

With more than five million Zimbabweans facing severe food shortages, WFP today appealed for US$140 million to provide vital relief rations over the next six months. Without additional contributions, stocks will run out in January .
7 September 2008

Fourth WFP-contracted driver killed in Somalia this year

Gunmen shot and killed a WFP-contracted truck driver in southern Somalia, the fourth driver delivering WFP food assistance killed this year, WFP said.
5 September 2008

Gunmen Kill WFP head of sub-office in northwestern Kenya

Unidentified gunmen shot dead the head of WFP’s office in the northwestern Kenyan town of Lokichoggio -- in the first killing of a WFP aid worker in what has been a major relief hub for southern Sudan.
5 September 2008

WFP aid flights to proceed to Myanmar tomorrow

"The World Food Programme has decided to send in two relief flights as planned tomorrow, while discussions continue with the Government of Myanmar on the distribution of the food that was flown in today, and not released to WFP," says Nancy E. Roman, Director of Public Policy and Communications.
1 September 2008

Donor support helps WFP expand activities in Myanmar

Humanitarian food assistance activities of the United Nations World Food Programme will expand in Myanmar during 2008, building on work undertaken during 2007.
1 September 2008

Philippine Government awards presidential citation to WFP staff member killed in Algiers

The Philippines Government awards a Presidential Citation to Gene Luna, a Filipina staff member of WFP, who died during the tragic bombings in Algiers last month.
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31 August 2008

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29 August 2008

WFP feeds thousands displaced by Hurricane Gustav in Haiti

WFP has begun feeding some of the estimated 6,000 displaced by deadly Hurricane Gustav in southern Haiti, where communities remain out of reach because of damaged roads and bridges.


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