News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

12 March 2005

WFP guarantees food for Kashmir quake survivors

The head of WFP says the agency can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
11 March 2005

Hijackings cut aid access to south Somalia, lives at risk

WFP warned today that a recent spate of ship hijackings off the coast of Somalia is restricting the delivery of urgently needed food assistance
11 March 2005

WFP deploys world's largest helicopter for Pakistan quake relief

WFP announces that an MI-26, the world’s largest helicopter, has started flying relief supplies into areas hit hardest by the 8 October earthquake,
8 March 2005

WFP's Niger appeal triples to help 2.5 million people facing extreme hunger

Rome - WFP is tripling its emergency appeal for Niger's escalating food crisis, warning the international community that more food aid would be needed to save 2.5 million people from extreme hunger and malnutrition.
4 March 2005

WFP chief expresses condolences on death of Pope John Paul II

Rome - WFP Executive Director James Morris pays tribute to Pope John Paul II, describing him as a great humanitarian with a huge capacity for compassion, who had provided inspiration for generations of faithful, irrespective of their religion.
3 March 2005

WFP moves into reconstruction phase of the tsunami disaster

Bangkok With the tsunami-struck countries in Asia moving into the reconstruction phase, WFP is launching a series of post-emergency humanitarian activities that will help hundreds of thousands of survivors return to a stable, productive and independent way of life.
2 March 2005

New Danish President of WFP Executive Board

Copenhagen- WFP\'s supervisory body, the WFP Executive Board, has appointed the Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN agencies in Rome, Poul Skytte Christoffersen, as its new Executive Board President.
28 February 2005

Australian rugby star highlights impact of Asian tsunami crisis ahead of UK rugby match

London The former Australia rugby captain and WFP humanitarian partner, Nick Farr-Jones, arrives in Indonesia on the first day of a four-day mission to highlight the long-term challenges faced by communities whose livelihoods were devastated by the tsunami last year.
25 February 2005

Colin Farrell stars in TV spot highlighting global hunger

Rome The Irish film actor, Colin Farrell, has added his famous voice to the growing roster of Hollywood stars helping the WFP raise awareness and concern about global hunger.
25 February 2005

WFP says 50,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda face ration cuts

Kigali WFP warns that it will have to cut rations by 30 percent in early March for 50,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwanda unless donors step forward with US$2.6 million.


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