News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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16 October 2008

Time’s up! WFP stops clock on Hungerbytes competition

Three university students have edged out fierce competition, including a professional filmmaker, to win the first-ever YouTube video contest on hunger, which has attracted more than half a million views from people all over the world.
9 October 2008

WFP urges Europe to take lead in helping poor farmers

Leaders of the three Rome-based United Nations agencies and the World Bank urged Europe to take the lead in providing assistance to ease the global crisis caused by high food prices.
7 October 2008

WFP welcomes G8 resolve to tackle hunger

The World Food Programme welcomes the commitment shown by global leaders at the G8 summit in Japan to support efforts to soften the impact of high food prices on the poor.
6 October 2008

WFP cuts air service for aid workers in Sudan due to lack of funding

The ability of 14,000 aid workers to travel to Darfur and other parts of Sudan will be reduced with immediate effect due to a lack of funding for the Humanitarian Air Service, WFP announced today.
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.

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