News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

11 September 2007

Words nourish the hungry: Web phenomenon crosses one billion threshold

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme Josette Sheeran acclaims the phenomenally successful internet-based vocabulary game FreeRice as an example of the Web’s power to mobilise millions of people in the fight against global hunger.
10 September 2007

WFP warns of disaster in Uganda as food stocks for flood victims run low

WFP warns that disaster looms for hundreds of thousands of Ugandans hit by floods if the agency’s appeal for assistance is not answered quickly.

8 September 2007

WFP warns of long recovery and relief needs for areas hit by South Asian flooding

The United Nations World Food Programme warns that long term relief and recovery efforts will be needed for many of the estimated 25 million people that have been affected by severe flooding across south Asia, with huge areas of land under water in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
7 September 2007

WFP welcomes a US$1 million donation from the USA to Western Saharan refugees

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$1 million contribution from the United States to provide food aid to the most vulnerable Western Saharan refugees in Algeria.
5 September 2007

WFP welcomes Drew Barrymore as Ambassador Against Hunger

American actress Drew Barrymore, one of the world’s most recognised film stars, has been named Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP.
3 September 2007

DJ BoBo urges international community to continue support to Ethiopia

After visiting some of Ethiopia’s most hunger prone regions, Swiss pop star and WFP Hunger Ambassador, DJ BoBo, urged the world to continue its engagement in the Horn of Africa country to help sustain progress in combating hunger and poverty.
2 September 2007

Floods wreak havoc in parts of southern Africa, thousands need help

Floods across southern Africa are wreaking havoc for tens of thousands of people caught by rising water that has washed away crops, homes and claimed the lives of dozens of people, WFP has said.
2 September 2007

WFP extends food aid operations in Nepal to cover continuing drought

WFP will extend its food aid operations in Nepal to communities in three drought-affected districts of the Eastern Terai – an area seized with political violence over the last month – as well as continuing assistance until the end of June to drought victims in the Mid- and Far-Western Regions.
1 September 2007

Greece assists DRC as part of its growing support for food aid

The latest donation to assist the war-ravaged people of the Democratic Republic of Congo comes from the Government of Greece, which last year increased its contributions to a record € 3.3 million (US$4.2 million) to WFP to fight global hunger.
30 August 2007

Hurricane Dean aftermath: WFP assisting over 10,000 victims in Jamaica and Belize

As victims of Hurricane Dean slowly try to rebuild their shattered lives, WFP has announced that its emergency feeding operations are assisting about 10,500 of the worst affected in Jamaica and Belize.


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