News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

27 November 2007

Hunger, health and HIV/AIDS: a critical connection

– As communities gather to mark World AIDS Day, and governments take stock of the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is urging that more attention be paid to the fundamental connection between hunger and health, which lies at the heart of the pandemic
27 November 2007

WFP Chief to visit projects and meet beneficiaries in Egypt and Syria

WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran will travel to the Middle East this week for her first visit to the region, where WFP has projects to create assets for the poorest and most vulnerable people in Egypt and to provide food assistance for tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees in Syria.
21 November 2007

Hunger Bytes! WFP and YouTube viral video competition

The World Food Programme calls on students, would-be filmmakers and any other interested folks in the web universe to put their creativity towards raising awareness about hunger through a unique, international competition - the best short video about ‘byting’ global hunger.
20 November 2007

Click on to feed a child on thanksgiving

On the eve of Thanksgiving Day in the United States, the UN World Food Programme invites the world’s most prolific users of the Internet to take time out from traditionally the busiest online shopping period of the year and help the hungry by playing phenomenally successful web-based vocab game, FreeRice.
20 November 2007

Enhanced strategic partnership with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Under the auspices of the Royal Court, the United Nations World Food Programme has been discussing this week with the authorities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ways to further strengthen their humanitarian partnership to help feed the hungry poor around the world.
19 November 2007

WFP and Bangladesh air force airdrop food for cyclone victims

The United Nations World Food Programme and the Bangladesh Air Force have started using helicopters to airdrop WFP high energy biscuits to people stranded in inaccessible areas affected by last week’s cyclone.
19 November 2007

WFP hails France for safely escorting first relief food ships to Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the safe arrival today of the first two ships carrying WFP food assistance to be escorted by a French naval vessel to Somalia, and urged other countries to step forward to help protect humanitarian assistance from pirate attacks.
16 November 2007

WFP Ambassador visits WFP projects in India

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP, has returned from a field visit to projects that the UN agency is supporting in India, urging the international community to strongly commit to support WFP programmes so as to provide education and food to millions of hungry poor children.
16 November 2007

WFP rushes emergency food to cyclone-battered coastal Bangladesh

The United Nations World Food Programme has begun distributing high-energy biscuits to devastated villages and shelters in the southern coastal regions of Bangladesh hit last night by Cyclone Sidr.
15 November 2007

WFP chief calls for support to combat "perfect storm" over Africa's rural poor

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of WFP, has urged the international community to take firmer action to help West Africa’s rural poor struggling against climate change, rising food prices and population growth.


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