News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 November 2005

WFP pre-positions food stocks to assist needy Afghans

Kabul Ahead of the winter freeze, WFP starts pre-positioning food supplies for nearly half a million impoverished Afghans who will be cut off from markets once the cold weather sets in.
3 November 2005

Czech donation helps WFP feed tsunami survivors

Banda Aceh WFP announces a ground-breaking donation from the Czech Republic in support of its efforts to assist more than 500,000 people affected by the tsunami in Indonesia.
3 November 2005

WFP Haiti completes flood relief mission in Gonaives

Port-au-Prince When the 1,588 women at the distribution points of Desronvilles and Acifa walk away with their bags of rice, beans and corn meal on 14 March, it will mark the end of WFP Haiti\'s large-scale emergency operation to feed the victims of the Gonaives floods.
3 November 2005

WFP survey shows food insecurity threatens rural and displaced Azerbaijanis

Baku WFP warns that 400,000 to 600,000 rural Azerbaijanis face food insecurity and that nearly 300,000 of the one million Azerbaijanis displaced by the conflict with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh are likely to continue to rely on food aid for the foreseeable future.
2 November 2005

Chile airlifts WFP food to flood victims

Georgetown, Guyana The Government of Chile has made available to WFP a C-130 Hercules transport plane to airlift food for the victims of floods that have affected more than 300,000 people in Guyana -- 40 percent of the country\'s total population.
31 October 2005

Cash-starved WFP may be forced to ground helicopters

Less than four weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake, WFP may be forced to ground its relief helicopters because it lacks the funds to fly them. The helicopters are the only means to reach hundreds of thousands ...
28 October 2005

Devastation in Pakistan worse than expected - survey

WFP has said that losses and devastation from this month's earthquake in northern Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir were far worse than had first been thought, and that 2.3 million people may now require food aid ...
28 October 2005

Zambian lives in peril as families run out of food

WFP has warned that the lives of many Zambians could be in peril as the number of people needing food assistance in the country had climbed to at least 1.7 million due to crop failure and rising food prices. Maize ...
27 October 2005

Earthquake aid window slamming shut, WFP warns

In the wake of yesterday’s meeting of major donors to discuss funding for the victims of this month’s south Asia earthquake, WFP has expressed alarm that too little money is being committed directly to its emergency relief ...
27 October 2005

Record hunger destabilises Africa

As the world focuses on a series of massive natural disasters and the spread of avian influenza, hunger in Africa has quietly climbed to an all-time high, threatening to destabilize much of the continent, warns James T. Morris, Executive Director of WFP.


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