News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 May 2007

WFP condemns attacks on food convoys in Afghanistan

The United Nations World Food Programme today condemned a series of armed attacks and looting of WFP food trucks, mainly in the south and west of Afghanistan and said it is working with the authorities to step up security measures.
23 May 2007

Swaziland's worst harvest ever - 400,000 people in need of assistance

A prolonged dry spell and high temperatures ravaged Swaziland’s maize crop in 2007, resulting in the lowest annual harvest on record and leaving more than a third of the population in need of food assistance, according to a report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
22 May 2007

World's leading footballer dedicates game to the cause of global hunger

Kakà, a player widely regarded as the best in world football, has dedicated his participation in the UEFA Champions League Final on 23 May to the cause of hungry children.
21 May 2007

New pirate attack on aid ship; WFP urges high-level international action against Somali piracy

WFP today appealed for high-level international action to stamp out piracy in waters off Somalia, warning that the flow of relief supplies to the country was under severe threat.
18 May 2007

WFP airlifts emergency gear from Ghana to aid troubled Central African Republic

WFP announced today that it was airlifting 31 metric tons of equipment from its Humanitarian Response Depot (HRD) in Ghana to support the agency’s recently upgraded life-saving operation in the strife-torn Central African Republic.
18 May 2007

WFP steps up food deliveries in Somalia; warns of growing piracy

WFP said a second round of food distributions started today to 122,500 people either driven from Mogadishu or who had recently returned but warned that a new spate of piracy threatened to strangle WFP’s main supply routes to Somalia.
18 May 2007

WFP urges progress on humanitarian situation for thousands displaced by Sri Lanka fighting

A WFP senior official today called for more resources and improved humanitarian access and security for aid workers providing assistance to thousands of people displaced by the recent upsurge in fighting in Sri Lanka.
15 May 2007

Food force sweeps across northern Europe

As Europe’s largest games industry event, Nordic Game 2007, gets underway in Sweden, “Food Force”, the world’s first humanitarian video game for children, is not only enjoying a prominent place at the conference – it is also celebrating the launch of three new language versions.
15 May 2007

Iranian news agency joins WFP in fight against hunger

WFP today announced a new partnership with Iran’s Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) which will work to generate greater awareness of hunger throughout the world and to increase contributions from the public to WFP’s operation and activities.
15 May 2007

WFP urges support for complex new logistics operation in Central African Republic

WFP urged the international community to redouble its efforts in support of the agency’s recently upscaled life-saving operation in the conflict-torn Central African Republic.


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