News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

16 October 2007

WFP starts food air drops to displaced in northern Uganda cut off by heavy rains

For the first time in Uganda, the United Nations World Food Programme has launched a food airdrop operation as part of a massive effort to reach tens of thousands of displaced people after heavy rains blocked the delivery of relief food by road.
12 October 2007

Internet community connects with African farmers in campaign to feed the hungry

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed an innovative seasonal on-line fundraising campaign that connects together two different worlds -- small-scale farmers in rural Africa and a global community of food bloggers.
8 October 2007

WFP welcomes US$2 million donation from Russia to Azerbaijan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the first-ever donation from the Russian Federation to support WFP’s operation in Azerbaijan to provide food assistance to the poorest among the internally displaced people (IDPs).

7 October 2007

Coordinated action urged: piracy threatens UN lifeline to Somalia

The heads of two United Nations agencies have made a joint call for concerted and coordinated international action to address the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia
7 October 2007

WFP launches international appeal for US$49 million to support Nepal's peace process

WFP in Nepal is launching a US$49 million recovery programme to assist over 1.2 million people who continue to struggle daily with the effects of the recently ended eleven-year conflict between the Maoists and the Government.
5 October 2007

May 13: Global walk to end child hunger

On Sunday, 13 May 2007, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will walk together over a 24-hour period in each of the planet’s time zones, to deliver a message: child hunger has no place in this world and citizens across the globe can put an end to it.
4 October 2007

Josette Sheeran takes office as new Executive Director

Meeting with staff at WFP\'s Rome headquarters, the new Executive Director Josette Sheeran called for a renewed commitment to the world’s hungry poor.
28 September 2007

Democratic Republic of Congo: operational update

WFP is profiting from improved security conditions in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo to deliver vital food supplies to people forced from their homes by recent fighting and who until now have been beyond WFP’s reach. Concerns remain for those who are still cut off from humanitarian assistance.
28 September 2007

Mauritania - break in WFP food supply puts thousands at risk

WFP has warned that floods in Mauritania are putting greater pressure on its dwindling food supplies for 470,000 people who are among the most food insecure in West Africa.
28 September 2007

Myanmar: Restrictions on food movements hamper WFP operations

WFP expressed growing concern that the current unrest in Myanmar could impede efforts to feed some 500,000 people. As a result of the disturbances, the authorities have placed restrictions on the movement of food.


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