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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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2 September 2004

WFP food deliveries plummet leaving millions of North Koreans malnourished

Beijing With its cereals stocks in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea all but exhausted and little in the pipeline, WFP calls for urgent international assistance to help feed 6.5 million of the country\'s hungriest people.
1 September 2004

WFP launches emergency operation for earthquake victims in Iran

Rome WFP announces the launch of a three-month emergency operation to feed 100,000 victims of the earthquake that devastated the Iranian city of Bam in the southeastern part of the country on 26 December 2003.
28 August 2004

First food aid convoy to cross Libya for Sudanese refugees in Chad

Al Kohfra, Libya A convoy of trucks carrying the first consignment of emergency food aid across the Sahara desert for Sudanese refugees in Chad leaves the Libyan town of Al Kohfra,. The delivery is part of a ground-breaking agreement between WFP and the Libyan government to help feed 1.4 million people displaced by fighting in Darfur, western Sudan.
26 August 2004

UN completes largest de-worming campaign in history for 4.5 million Afghan children

Kabul - WFP has completed the largest de-worming campaign ever undertaken, reaching over 4.5 million schoolchildren in Afghanistan.
24 August 2004

WFP welcomes Indonesia's move to lift ban on humanitarian rice imports

Jakarta WFP warmly welcomes the decision by the Government of Indonesia to exempt humanitarian agencies from its ban on rice imports, saying that millions of poor Indonesians are now guaranteed the delivery of food assistance they so urgently need.
20 August 2004

Freak natural disasters destroy millions of homes, crops and livelihoods across the globe

Rome Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in West Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges for WFP at a moment when it is heavily involved in Darfur and elsewhere.
20 August 2004

Freak natural disasters destroy millions of homes, crops and livelihoods across the globe

Rome Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in West Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges for WFP at a moment when it is heavily involved in Darfur and elsewhere.
20 August 2004

WFP feeds wounded from massacre in Western Burundi

Bujumbura - WFP said today it was providing food to the wounded and other survivors of the 13 August massacre at Gatumba transit camp in Burundi, and that it stood ready to assist refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo when they are transferred to safer sites.
12 August 2004

Urgent funds needed to prevent ration cuts for refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP warns that it would be forced to make a drastic cut in food rations for 118,000 refugees in camps in Ethiopia, unless donations of US$4.2 million are made urgently to provide enough food for at least the next six months.
10 August 2004

WFP Director Morris meets Mexico President Fox: urges fight against hemispheric hunger

During a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox, WFP\'s Executive Director, James T. Morris, said Mexico\'s leadership is crucial in helping to solve the pressing social problems in Latin America and the world.

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