News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

Responding to Emergencies
18 March 2009

WFP Scales Up Feeding In Kenya In New Response To Food Crisis

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up food assistance in Kenya to feed 3.5 million Kenyans hit by drought and high food prices, and appealing to donors for a total of US$244 million ...
17 March 2009

Abducted UN Staff in Somalia Released Safely

This news release was issued by the Office of the United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.
27 February 2009

Sea Route Opened For WFP Relief Food Deliveries To Sri Lanka

COLOMBO – A sea route to deliver United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) relief food to thousands of people in Sri Lanka was recently opened - a major boost to efforts underway to reach hungry people displaced by the ...
Food Security Analysis
20 February 2009

Less Stunting But Malnutrition Remains In Rural India, New Report Says

NEW DELHI -- The last decade has seen stunting among children in rural India fall and access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation improve, according to a new report released by WFP and the M S Swaminathan Research ...
First time here
20 February 2009

Hollywood Stars Do It Again: Saving Lives Together With WFP

NEW YORK – Not On Our Watch, the international advocacy and aid organization founded by actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub, and human rights lawyer David Pressman, ...
Responding to Emergencies
13 February 2009

WFP Launches First Food Voucher Operation in Africa

OUAGADOUGOU – WFP today launched its first food voucher operation in Africa, deploying a new tool to address hunger in an urban environment where food is available, but beyond the reach of many because of the impact of ...
Responding to Emergencies
5 February 2009

WFP Hands Out Ready-To-Eat Meals To The Hungry In Gaza

Since the resurgence of conflict in Gaza on 27 December, WFP has distributed two month rations of food to more than 220,000 people.
Responding to Emergencies
2 February 2009

WFP Honours Saudi King As 'Champion In Battle Against Hunger'

ROME – WFP has honoured King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for his generous support of the agency’s work during 2008.  King Abdullah was named ‘Champion in the ...
Food Security Analysis
28 January 2009

Food Production Satisfactory In Post-Nargis Myanmar, But Access To Food Difficult For Many

Food production in Myanmar was satisfactory in 2008 thanks to good harvests in areas not affected by last year's cyclone, says a new report.

23 January 2009

WFP Buys Record Amounts Of Food In Southern Africa

 JOHANNESBURG – WFP bought a record 552,000 metric tons of food in southern Africa in 2008 – the equivalent of providing nearly 2.75 million hungry people with a full food basket for an entire ...


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