News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 October 2008

Hijackings cut WFP food supplies for Darfur as funding shortfall threatens humanitarian air service

The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that banditry is delaying vital food deliveries to Darfur while a lack of contributions may ground its Humanitarian Air Service at the end of the month.
2 October 2008

Chad operational update

More than 37,000 Chadian refugees who fled Ndjamena due to the fighting last weekend, received food aid from the World Food Programme on Saturday in Kousseri, Northern Cameroon, just across the river from Ndjamena.
2 October 2008

WFP, UNHCR Boost Assistance to Iraqi Refugees in Syria Amid Lack of Funds

WFP and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began a massive distribution of food and other items on Sunday to over three times more vulnerable Iraqi refugees than assisted in the past.
27 September 2008

Haiti's misery index rising: resources urgently needed for food and infrastructure

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran today called on donor nations to fully fund urgent hunger needs and infrastructure rehabilitation in Haiti, which has been ravaged by a succession of tropical storms.
25 September 2008

Canada saves lives by extending naval escorts to Somalia

WFP today welcomed the decision by Canada to extend its naval mission protecting ships carrying humanitarian aid to Somalia for a further month.
25 September 2008

WFP welcomes historic commitment led by YUM! Brands to school feeding at CGI

WFP on Thursday welcomed a historic private sector commitment under the auspices of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to support improved food and nutrition for millions of schoolchildren in the world’s least developed countries.
24 September 2008

Historic UN Private Sector Forum opens

Chief executives from all continents are meeting with government leaders and senior United Nations officials in New York today for the first UN Private Sector Forum on Food Sustainability and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
24 September 2008

Purchase for Progress initiative launched in New York

WFP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation today unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers across the developing world significantly increase their incomes.
22 September 2008

Ethiopia caught in middle of Horn of Africa emergency

WFP today appealed for US$460 million to feed 9.6 million hungry people affected by drought and high food prices in Ethiopia through to March next year.
18 September 2008

WFP scales up Liberia school feeding for over half a million children

The Government of Liberia and the United Nations World Food Programme this week launched urban school feeding in the capital Monrovia for 150,000 children short of food because of high food prices.


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