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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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7 July 2005

Southern Africa faces severe food shortages: millions of people need urgent humanitarian aid

Johannesburg - More than 10 million people will need humanitarian assistance in six countries across southern Africa over the coming year following yet another year of poor agricultural production caused by erratic weather together with late, and in some cases unaffordable inputs, such as fertilizer and seeds, two UN agencies and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) warn.
3 July 2005

Child malnutrition rates in North Korea fall, but U.N. agencies say more help is needed to build on gains

Beijing Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea have declined in the past two years but remain relatively high, according to a new survey. UN agencies announcing the findings say that substantial, well-targeted international assistance must be sustained to build on the gains.
30 June 2005

WFP chief warns Africa's food crises a threat to peace and security

United Nations, New York With one African in three malnourished, the prevalence of hunger is an accurate barometer for the level of social instability in the continent, warned WFP Executive Director James T. Morris.
30 June 2005

WFP renews partnership with Japan ad council on campagn worth over US$30 million

Yokohama WFP welcomes the extension of its partnership with the Japan Advertising Council, through its prestigious public service announcement (PSA) campaign for another year.
29 June 2005

WFP lauds landmark Chinese aid shipment for Sri Lankan tsunami victims

Qingdao Port, China - WFP hails the departure from China of a ship carrying 270 tonnes of canned fish for Sri Lankan victims of last December\'s devastating tsunami as another milestone in China\'s emergence as a multilateral aid donor.
28 June 2005

As refugees still flee into Kenya, WFP appeals for donations

Geneva- With refugee numbers in Kenya failing to decline despite steps toward peace in Somalia and Sudan, WFP appeals for US$6.7 million to feed nearly a quarter of a million refugees in two northern Kenya camps until the end of 2005.
24 June 2005

WFP welcomes US humanitarian donation to North Korea

Washington, DC - WFP welcomes an announcement by the US government that it would donate 50,000 metric tons of agricultural commodities to the hungry in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea.
23 June 2005

Six months after the tsunami, WFP shifts gear from emergency rescue to recovery

Bangkok - Having launched one of the most complex emergency operations in its history, during which it delivered food, medicine and even helped evacuate the injured, WFP has shifted focus to long-term recovery.
22 June 2005

"Spare change" would make a huge different to hungry in Niger & Mali

Dakar - In advance of the international donor countries meeting for the G8 at Gleneagles, Scotland, WFP warns that less than US$10 million could tilt the balance from despair to hope for the most vulnerable victims of the current food crisis in two of the world\'s poorest countries: Niger and Mali.
21 June 2005

New initiative for world's leading advertisers to fight global hunger

Cannes - The One Less Entry Movement, a non-profit organisation working in the advertising industry, has launched a new initiative aimed at persuading leading advertisers competing at this year\'s Lions International Advertising Festival to donate the equivalent of a single entry fee to the world\'s hungry

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