News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

30 November 2006

WFP helicopters start delivering aid to flood victims in southeast Ethiopia

Two Mi-8 helicopters carrying emergency supplies have left to deliver humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people stranded by another spate of floods this month in the Somali region of southeastern Ethiopia, WFP said.
29 November 2006

Afghanistan: WFP in race before winter snows and flooding

Ahead of the winter freeze, WFP is racing to complete deliveries of food for impoverished Afghans living in communities that will be cut off once the bitter cold arrives and heavy snows set in – and in other parts of the embattled country, the food agency is providing assistance to victims of severe floods.
29 November 2006

WFP supporting Wyclef Jean festival to promote development in Haiti

With the support of WFP, the internationally renowned hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean is has convened the Yéle Fest – a one-week event that will use culture and the arts to engage Haitian youth in exploring ways to boost sustainable development in Haiti.
27 November 2006

UNHCR, WFP chiefs alarmed over threats to aid flow in Chad

The UN refugee agency and WFP have appealed for the rapid restoration of order in volatile eastern Chad following weekend unrest in which mobs looted warehouses storing vital aid supplies for hundreds of thousands of Darfurian refugees and Chadians.
21 November 2006

High energy biscuits airlifted to Kenya to feed 200,000 flood victims

A Boeing 747 jumbo jet chartered by WFP has landed in Nairobi, delivering 94 metric tons of high energy biscuits from a depot in Brindisi, Italy, for hundreds of thousands of victims of Kenya’s largest floods in years.
20 November 2006

WFP launches major air operation for flood victims in Somalia and Kenya

WFP has launched a regional air operation to provide fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to transport aid workers and humanitarian assistance to more than a million people in Somalia and Kenya hit by the worst floods in years.
13 November 2006

Sahrawi plight must not be forgotten, warns WFP chief

The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has called on the international community not to forget the plight of the Sahrawi refugees in Algeria, tens of thousands of whom are still entirely dependent on external assistance to survive, some three decades after fleeing a territorial dispute.
10 November 2006

World Food Day: Why are there still 400 million hungry children?

Speaking to mark the occasion of World Food Day on 16 October, the Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has appealed to the developed world to give a fairer chance to the world’s 400 million hungry children, many of whose lives are still blighted by malnutrition in the first few months after being born.
9 November 2006

Fighting cuts off 355,000 people from food aid in Darfur

Hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur have gone hungry for three consecutive months because fighting and banditry have prevented the WFP from reaching them, announced Kenro Oshidari, WFP’s Representative in Sudan.
9 November 2006

WFP begins major feeding operation for flood victims in western Nepal

WFP this week began feeding survivors of recent flooding in the southwestern Terai region of Nepal -- nearly 80,000 people affected by extensive flooding believed to be cut off from regular access to food and shelter


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