News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 June 2007

As aid ship hijacking enters 10th day, WFP appeals for urgent resolution

As the hijacking of a WFP-chartered vessel off the coast of Somalia entered its tenth day, WFP urged for a swift end to the impasse, citing concerns for the welfare of the crew, as well as increasing difficulties in contracting additional ships to deliver urgent food aid to hungry people.
3 June 2007

Children in Mauritania to suffer as WFP faces break in food supplies

WFP has warned that unless it received substantial new contributions for its operation in Mauritania, as many as 68,000 young children menaced by malnutrition will see their rations reduced or cut completely at the most critical time of the year.
2 June 2007

WFP & NGOs warn of looming food crisis facing 2 million flood victims

WFP and non-governmental organisations warned today that two million people hit by recent floods in Burundi need urgent assistance until June to avert a food crisis.
31 May 2007

Drive against hunger: car rally across 11 countries ends in Jordan

Sixty-five vintage automobiles crossed the finish line in Amman, Jordan, today, ending a 12-day, 5000 kilometre “Drive Against Hunger” through 11 countries with the aim of raising awareness and support for efforts to end global hunger.
31 May 2007

US donations welcomed for hungry poor in Africa and South America

WFP welcomes US government contributions in May totaling $32.4 million to feed people confronting critical humanitarian situations ranging from severe drought to conflict in Kenya, Chad, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and Colombia.
31 May 2007

WFP and Ugandan Government agree to resume aid to Karamoja

The Government of Uganda and WFP have announced that they have agreed to resume tomorrow WFP humanitarian operations in the drought-affected Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda.
30 May 2007

Deworming campaign completed among schoolchildren in Azerbaijan

Working together, WFP Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Health and the Vishnevskaya-Rostropovich Foundation (VRF) have successfully completed a deworming campaign that has significantly reduced worm infections among thousands of primary school children in Azerbaijan.
29 May 2007

Buying food to boost development: WFP procurement meeting

Grain market experts, economists and policy makers from around the world will gather in Rome tomorrow for a meeting hosted by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to explore the best ways to benefit farmers in developing countries through food procurement.
29 May 2007

Sierra Leone's civil war relived by its survivors at Freetown screening of Blood Diamond

Sierra Leoneans were able to witness the horrors of their late 1990\'s civil war from the safety of a cinema seat when WFP recently organised screenings of the film Blood Diamond in Freetown. Hilary Heuler attended one of the screenings and gauged audience reaction.

29 May 2007

WFP driver killed in ambush in Uganda's Karamoja region

The United Nations World Food Programme said today that gunmen ambushed a WFP convoy in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda, killing a WFP driver and forcing the agency to suspend temporarily its operations in the drought-hit region.


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