News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 January 2009

Gunmen Kill WFP Food Monitor in Southern Somalia

The Executive Director of WFP condemned the killing, today, by gunmen of one of the agency’s staff members in southern Somalia, and urged all parties to the worsening conflict there to protect humanitarian workers.
4 January 2009

WFP Launches Emergency Food Distributions to Families in Gaza

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to growing humanitarian needs in Gaza by distributing bread to families in areas that have been badly hit by the recent upsurge in conflict.
23 December 2008

WFP Calls for Rescue Package for the World's Hungry

WFP has urged countries to step up and allocate to urgent hunger needs a fraction of what is proposed for financial rescue packages to address the global economic downturn.

10 December 2008

8.7 Million North Koreans Need Food Assistance

Rome, 8 December 2008 - Around 40 percent of the population of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an estimated 8.7 million people, mostly young children, pregnant and nursing women and the elderly, will urgently need food assistance because of an expected cereals deficit in the coming months, FAO and WFP said in a joint report today.
8 December 2008

WFP Launches Air Operation to Reach Thousands of Stranded Congolese

Kampala, 8 December 2008 - WFP today launched an air operation to deliver urgently required humanitarian supplies into the northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where thousands of people have been terrorised by one of Africa’s most notorious rebel groups.
8 December 2008

WFP: Cash Roll-Out To Help Hunger Hot Spots

As nearly one billion poor people worldwide struggle to survive the unrelenting global high food and fuel price crisis, WFP announced today the roll-out of a US$214 million package directed at 16 hunger hotspots.
25 November 2008

WFP Launches Winter Emergency Operation in Kyrgyzstan

WFP announced today that it is launching an emergency food operation to help 580,000 vulnerable people during the bitterly cold season in Kyrgyzstan – many of whom have felt the impact of a combination of high food prices and a fall in remittances from expatriates working abroad.

24 November 2008

WFP Launches Virtual Wall To Build Online Movement Against Hunger

Rome, 24 November 2008 - WFP is today calling on all sectors of society: students, parents, the young, the old, celebrities, sport stars, and politicians, to fight world hunger by posting their picture on a virtual web wall and to make a donation towards free meals for some of the 59 million children around the world who go to school hungry.
19 November 2008

Sindicatum Carbon Capital Gives Major Donation to WFP for Rural Development in East Indonesia

Jakarta, 19 November 2008 - WFP today welcomed a significant donation from Sindicatum Carbon Capital of US$ 100,000 to support food-for-workprojects in East Indonesia.
30 October 2008

WFP to Provide Food to 20,000 People Displaced by Earthquake in Balochistan

WFP is to provide food assistance to nearly 20,000 people who lost homes and belongings in the earthquake that struck parts of Balochistan province on Wednesday.


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