News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 November 2007

WFP hails France for safely escorting first relief food ships to Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the safe arrival today of the first two ships carrying WFP food assistance to be escorted by a French naval vessel to Somalia, and urged other countries to step forward to help protect humanitarian assistance from pirate attacks.
16 November 2007

WFP Ambassador visits WFP projects in India

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP, has returned from a field visit to projects that the UN agency is supporting in India, urging the international community to strongly commit to support WFP programmes so as to provide education and food to millions of hungry poor children.
16 November 2007

WFP rushes emergency food to cyclone-battered coastal Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme has begun distributing high-energy biscuits to devastated villages and shelters in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh hit last night by Cyclone Sidr.
15 November 2007

WFP chief calls for support to combat "perfect storm" over Africa's rural poor

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, has urged the international community to take firmer action to help West Africa’s rural poor struggling against climate change, rising food prices and population growth.
13 November 2007

Campaign cuts malnutrition rates in Kenya refugee camps to lowest levels in years

Three United Nations agencies have praised the international community for its support to help turn around a devastating malnutrition crisis in northern Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.
7 November 2007

WFP welcomes resumption of food deliveries to western Afghanistan

WFP has announced that some food assistance deliveries have resumed along the southern ring road in Afghanistan, after insecurity forced the suspension of movements by WFP-contracted trucks in late May.
6 November 2007

Multiple donations keep aid workers airborne in Darfur, avoiding carjackers

Humanitarian workers will be able to keep flying to remote locations in Darfur, thanks to a hefty US$18 million package of new contributions from several donors that will allow the United Nations World Food Programme’s Humanitarian Air Service (WFP-HAS) to keep operating until October.
1 November 2007

WFP driver killed during ambush in southern Sudan

WFP said today that it is deeply saddened and shocked by the killing of one of its employees during an ambush in southern Sudan on Wednesday, January 10.
29 October 2007

A passion for ending hunger: Howard G. Buffett becomes WFP ambassador against hunger

Philanthropist and environmentalist Howard G. Buffett will be appointed today as the UN World Food Programme’s newest Ambassador Against Hunger.
24 October 2007

European Commission and WFP sound alarm over humanitarian impact of climate change

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme have jointly warned that "climate change is an increasing threat to development and humanitarian relief efforts" during WFP’s Executive Board meeting.


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