News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 May 2008

WFP completes $755 million appeal with Saudi pledge

WFP has met its extraordinary call for US$755 million to compensate for the increased costs of food and fuel with a US$500 million donation from The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
21 May 2008

More WFP relief food for quake-hit province of China

The World Food Programme (WFP) announced today that it is purchasing a fresh batch of relief food for distribution to earthquake survivors in China\'s quake-stricken Sichuan Province.
16 May 2008

WFP Purchases Emergency Food for China Quake Victims

The World Food Programme is purchasing 1.6 million packs of ready-to-eat noodles for survivors of the earthquake that struck Sichuan province on Monday – enough to feed 118,000 people for one week.
15 May 2008

Humanitarian Air Service gets reprieve until mid-June but still risks closure

The United Nations World Food Programme announced today that the Humanitarian Air Service (WFP-HAS) in Sudan can continue operations until mid-June thanks to recent donations.
11 May 2008

Large-Scale Food Distributions Roll Out as WFP Expands Response to Congo Crisis

WFP today began food distributions to more than 135,000 displaced people in six camps around Goma in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
9 May 2008

WFP battles storms to bring urgent aid to Haitian families

WFP is battling the elements to bring a lifeline to Haitian families hit by the impact of successive deadly storms, which have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed scores of homes and plantations.
29 April 2008

UN Press Statement: a unified United Nations response to the global food price challenge

We consider that the recent dramatic escalation in food prices worldwide has evolved into a unprecedented challenge of global proportions that has become a crisis for the world’s most vulnerable, including the urban poor.
24 April 2008

Food relief truck driver killed in Darfur on the eve of ration cuts

WFP has announced the killing of a truck driver transporting vital food relief to Darfur, the second such killing in two months.
22 April 2008

WFP says high food prices a silent tsunami, affecting every continent

WFP has said that high food prices are creating the biggest challenge that WFP has faced in its 45-year history, a silent tsunami threatening to plunge more than 100 million people on every continent into hunger.
17 April 2008

Banditry against food trucks forces WFP to cut rations in Darfur

WFP has announced that it will be forced to cut monthly rations in Darfur starting next month, because banditry against WFP-contracted trucks is preventing sufficient stocks of vital food relief from getting through.


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