News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

20 November 2006

WFP launches major air operation for flood victims in Somalia and Kenya

WFP has launched a regional air operation to provide fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to transport aid workers and humanitarian assistance to more than a million people in Somalia and Kenya hit by the worst floods in years.
13 November 2006

Sahrawi plight must not be forgotten, warns WFP chief

The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has called on the international community not to forget the plight of the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria, tens of thousands of whom are still entirely dependent on external assistance to survive, some three decades after fleeing a territorial dispute.
10 November 2006

World Food Day: Why are there still 400 million hungry children?

Speaking to mark the occasion of World Food Day on 16 October, the Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has appealed to the developed world to give a fairer chance to the world’s 400 million hungry children, many of whose lives are still blighted by malnutrition in the first few months after being born.
9 November 2006

Fighting cuts off 355,000 people from food aid in Darfur

Hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur have gone hungry for three consecutive months because fighting and banditry have prevented the WFP from reaching them, announced Kenro Oshidari, WFP’s Representative in Sudan.
9 November 2006

WFP begins major feeding operation for flood victims in western Nepal

WFP this week began feeding survivors of recent flooding in the southwestern Terai region of Nepal -- nearly 80,000 people affected by extensive flooding believed to be cut off from regular access to food and shelter
8 November 2006

WFP helps 10,000 survivors of devastating floods in eastern Ethiopia

Following devastating floods in eastern Ethiopia, WFP is undertaking a rapid assessment and registration of survivors to determine the immediate food needs of an estimated 10,000 people left homeless by flash floods.
7 November 2006

Lack of funding threatens food aid in Angola

WFP has warned that its efforts to assist more than 700,000 Angolans – mostly young children and returning refugees – will come to a halt unless new donations are received by the end of July.
5 November 2006

Tanzania drought: urgent food aid for half a million

WFP urgently appeals for US$16.6 million to feed 565,000 people in Tanzania facing severe hunger because of drought.
5 November 2006

WFP set to resume operations in North Korea

WFP set to resume aid distributions in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea (DPRK) within two weeks, having reached agreement with the government on new working arrangements after months of negotiation.
31 October 2006

WFP concludes operation in Lebanon

WFP has concluded a three-month successful operation in Lebanon to provide food assistance to over 810,000 Lebanese who were affected by the bombardment of Lebanon during this summer’s Middle East crisis.


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