News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 October 2006

WFP forced to cut rations for millions across Sudan

WFP has said that a critically slow response to appeals for its emergency operation in Sudan have forced it to cut rations of pulses, sugar and salt for up to 3.5 million people immediately, to help limited stocks last longer.
27 September 2006

Kenya rains reduce number needing food aid to nearly 3 million people

Rains have reduced the number of Kenyans in need of food aid because of drought to nearly 3 million people from 3.5 million, the Government of Kenya and WFP has said.
26 September 2006

Rising tide of Somali refugees strains food stocks in Kenya's camps

Somali refugees escaping the conflict between the Union of Islamic Courts and the Transitional Federal Government have pushed the number of refugees in Kenya to the highest level in a decade, threatening to exhaust food aid stocks unless urgent donations are made, WFP said today.
26 September 2006

WFP and UNICEF call on Congress: Help End Child Hunger Now

The Executive Director of the WFP, James Morris, has sounded a call to action to end child hunger, describing the plight of hundreds of millions of poor, malnourished children who die, or fail to develop properly, as “an affront to conscience”.
26 September 2006

WFP starts food airlift to children in eastern DRC, amid fears of funding crisis

WFP has recently started airlifting urgent food aid to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, even though it has not received any funding pledges for 2007.
19 September 2006

Saudi donation to assist destitute Gaza families

WFP has begun supplying Gaza with 2,050 metric tons of fortified wheat flour, valued at US$2.6 million, donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist 50,000 desperately impoverished Gazan families.
19 September 2006

Saudis step in to support WFP in neglected West Africa

WFP has welcomed a cash donation of US$10 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to its operations in West Africa, where many of the poorest people in the world are living under trying conditions.
15 September 2006

Rapid Lebanese recovery allows WFP to wind up operations

Lebanon will soon be food secure again and its commercial sector is bouncing back quicker than expected, paving the way for the withdrawal of WFP from the country by the end of October.
11 September 2006

England cricket team and WFP link up to bowl out hunger

WFP and the England and Wales Cricket Board have joined forces in a dynamic new partnership which will endeavour to raise awareness about the scourge of global hunger.
10 September 2006

End of lean season presents no end to child suffering in Sahel

As harvests roll in across West Africa’s Sahel, WFP has warned that although households are restocking their granaries, millions of children across the region remain threatened by malnutrition.


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