News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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6 August 2006

WFP honours its first Saudi special ambassador

WFP honours Abdulaziz Arrukban, the first Saudi citizen to have volunteered to work with the agency to raise awareness about hunger issues and funds to help alleviate it.
5 August 2006

UNICEF and WFP Executive Directors Make First Joint Visit to Latin America/Caribbean region

On their first joint visit to the region, WFP Executive Director James T. Morris and UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman will meet in Panama City tomorrow with the heads of their Latin America and Caribbean country offices to intensify common efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community.
2 August 2006

3.5 million drought-hit Kenyans in need of assistance

The Government of Kenya and WFP has announced that 3.5 million Kenyans are running out of food because of the complete failure of the short rains.
2 August 2006

WFP assists 10,000 families in flood-stricken Bolivia

WFP is to provide almost 500,000 thousand dollars for 617 metric tons of emergency food relief to 10,000 families affected by record rainfall and severe floods in Bolivia, which have killed 13 people and left tens of thousands of families homeless.
2 August 2006

WFP resumes distributions in troubled Ivorian Coast town

WFP has resumed food distributions to around 13,000 refugees and internally displaced people in the Ivory Coast town of Guiglo, centre of violent protests against the UN last month.
30 July 2006

Insecurity forces WFP to cancel planned aid convoy to southern Lebanon

Amid intensified bombardment of roads and villages in southern Lebanon, WFP is forced to cancel a planned aid convoy to the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun, after the Israeli Defence Forces declined to give their agreement to the shipment going ahead.
29 July 2006

WFP opens first crossing point for aid convoys into Lebanon

WFP has inaugurated the first land crossing point for regular humanitarian shipments into crisis-torn Lebanon, where an estimated one-fifth of the population has been displaced by continuing bombardments since hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah fighters erupted two weeks ago.
28 July 2006

WFP director warns funds running out for displaced in Azerbaijan

WFP Executive Director, James Morris, today stressed the need to draw attention to the devastating problems faced by the world’s displaced people, including those in Azerbaijan and now in Lebanon.
28 July 2006

WFP rushes more food assistance into southern Lebanon with one in five Lebanese now homeless

As the situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate, with one in five Lebanese homeless and hostilities continuing, WFP is racing against time to reach the besieged population in southern Lebanon with food aid.
26 July 2006

WFP dispatches first UN convoy to southern Lebanon

WFP today dispatched the first UN convoy with food and medical supplies from Beirut to the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, one of the hardest hit areas now home to thousands of displaced people.

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