News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

1 April 2008

WFP responds to crisis in Kenya

WFP responds to the crisis in Kenya and will shortly provide food through the Kenya Red Cross for an estimated 100,000 people displaced in the Northern Rift Valley
28 March 2008

WFP Sudan's air operation gets one-month reprieve from closure

The vital Humanitarian Air Service run by the World Food Programme (WFP) in Sudan has received a one-month reprieve from imminent closure thanks to generous donations totalling more than US$6 million, the agency has announced.
27 March 2008

WFP warns Somalia sinking deeper into abyss of suffering

WFP has warned that Somalia is sinking deeper into an abyss of suffering with hundreds of thousands of women and children uprooted by fighting while a lack of security is preventing full humanitarian access to some areas.
25 March 2008

Three drivers of WFP-contracted trucks killed in Sudan

As the number of hijackings of trucks carrying food for the WFP nears 60 since the start of the year, WFP expressed deep sadness and shock at the killing of three drivers of WFP-contracted trucks in two separate incidents in Sudan.
25 March 2008

Top WFP official in Canada to highlight food price rise crisis

Following WFP’s extraordinary emergency appeal last week to world government leaders for critical funds to address soaring food and fuel prices, the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, Sheila Sisulu, starts meetings today with Canadian officials.
14 March 2008

WFP urges continued support for Burundi refugees returning home

The World Food Programme has urged the international community to provide US$6 million so that WFP food assistance to as many as 90,000 Burundian refugees returning home from Tanzania – due to run out mid-year – can be maintained.
13 March 2008

'Not on our watch' donates to critical air operation in Darfur

The vital Humanitarian Air Service run by WFP in Darfur has received its first donation of 2008: US$500,000 from Not On Our Watch, the humanitarian and advocacy organisation founded by the Hollywood actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and civil rights lawyer David Pressman.
10 March 2008

First food aid convoy reaches thousands displaced in northern Sri Lanka

WFP has dispatched a first convoy of food and other supplies for 200,000 displaced people in the LTTE-controlled area of Sri Lanka.
7 March 2008

WFP expands food assistance to Ethiopia in response to government's urgent appeal

WFP is expanding operations to reach 4.6 million people in Ethiopia with emergency food assistance, in response to the government’s urgent appeal for food and nutrition assistance to avoid hunger-related deaths in coming months.
3 March 2008

Drew Barrymore announces a US$1 million donation on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Drew Barrymore, one of the world’s most recognised film stars, has announced a personal donation of US$1 million on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to help the World Food Programme (WFP) feed thousands of school children in Kenya.


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