News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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10 May 2007

Exhibition match puts Tackle Hunger in RWC floodlights

Rugby World Cup 2007 stages an exhibition match dedicated to promoting "Tackle Hunger" at Menton, the resting place for William Webb Ellis, the legendary inventor of rugby.
9 May 2007

Hurricane Felix threatens population centres: WFP "Braced for the worst"

As emergency personnel from WFP began distributing food to victims of Hurricane Felix in northern Nicaragua, the agency expressed deep concern that the violent storm could soon threaten almost 1.5 million people, many in central Honduras.
9 May 2007

Rugby World unites: RWC 2007 dedicated to "Tackle Hunger" campaign

WFP has welcomed the dedication of Rugby World Cup 2007 to “Tackle Hunger” - a campaign which aims to raise public awareness about the 850 million people around the world who know what it is like to go hungry.
9 May 2007

WFP food airlifted to victims of Hurricane Felix

An emergency airlift of food aid from WFP has arrived in the Nicaraguan coastal town of Bilwi (formerly Puerto Cabezas) for distribution to hungry residents who bore some of the worst of Hurricane Felix’s punishing Tuesday landfall.
6 May 2007

Farmers from the developing world help to feed the global hungry

The share of food aid sourced from farmers in the developing world and channelled to the hungry rose to its highest level in history last year.
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6 May 2007

More than one-third of Zimbabweans face food shortages - Drought and economic crisis to blame, FAO/WFP report says

A poor harvest coupled with a worsening economic crisis will leave more than 4 million people in Zimbabwe in need of food assistance by early next year, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.

6 May 2007

WFP races to assist thousands displaced in Yemen

WFP will start tomorrow to distribute food assistance to some 20,000 people displaced by heavy fighting around the governorate of Saada in north-western Yemen.
4 May 2007

WFP cranks up emergency relief for Afghan flood victims, delivering enough to feed 60,000 people

Within hours of the first reports of devastating spring floods reaching the Afghan capital, WFP accelerated relief plans that by today have managed to deliver 1,000 tonnes of emergency rations, enough to feed 60,000 victims of the rising waters for 30 days.
29 April 2007

WFP Executive Director ends Africa tour; urges better security to bolster gains in fighting malnutrition

The United Nations World Food Programme has made dramatic progress in reducing malnutrition in Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad but the achievements risk being diminished by constantly shifting security conditions, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran today.
28 April 2007

WFP welcomes US$55 million pledge from Government of southern Sudan

The UN World Food Programme\'s innovative rebuilding projects in southern Sudan – which are helping to restore food independence for people in the region – have received a generous US$55 million pledge from the Government of southern Sudan (GoSS).

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