News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

28 March 2006

WFP emergency funds perilously low

Facing the enormous challenge of feeding more than 50 million people in Africa this year – in life-threatening crises such as the Horn of Africa – WFP has revealed that many people are only receiving food aid because the agency has drawn down substantially from its emergency reserves to stave off suffering and starvation.
24 March 2006

Violence along Chad/Sudan border threatens thousands

WFP warns that an escalation of the violence that has forced thousands of people from their homes along the Chadian border with Sudan’s Darfur region could seriously impede humanitarian assistance.
23 March 2006

WFP urges Somali leaders, militias to protect aid agencies after shooting

Following a fatal shooting at a food distribution in southern Somalia, WFP appeals to leaders and militias throughout Somalia to provide access and protection to humanitarian agencies.
20 March 2006

WFP warns food running out in blockaded Gaza strip

WFP has said that food is running out in the Gaza Strip and has appealed to the Israeli authorities to allow food consignments to reach the tens of thousands of people in Gaza who depend on food aid to survive.
14 March 2006

WFP forced to cut food rations to refugees in Kenya

As a result of insufficient funding, WFP has been forced to reduce food aid rations to some 230,000 Somali and Sudanese refugees living in two camps in remote areas in northeast Kenya.
13 March 2006

WFP lauds Pope's commitment to humanitarianism

James Morris, Executive Director of WFP, has hailed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s deep personal commitment to the service of the poor and hungry.
11 March 2006

Another success for world record marathoner and millions of children worldwide

WFP warmly congratulated its Ambassador against Hunger, top record holder Paul Tergat, on his performance today in New York where he finished third place in the world’s most prestigious marathon race.
11 March 2006

WFP gives urgent help to victims of new floods in southeast Ethiopia

With extensive flooding again hitting southeastern Ethiopia, WFP has said that it is working closely with the Government of Ethiopia to ensure that food aid urgently reaches tens of thousands of flood-affected people in the Somali region.
5 March 2006

Chad: Rising tensions render food outlook precarious

Amid rising tensions and reported preparations for armed attacks in Chad, WFP warned on election day that food is becoming a serious issue for some 70,000 people who have either fled the continuous armed incursions in the east of the country or are resident there.
2 March 2006

2.2 million Burundians need food aid

WFP has warned that the lethal combination of poor rains, crop disease and extreme poverty has left 2.2 million Burundians in need of food aid in 2006. A recent Crop and Food Assessment by the Ministry of ...


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