News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 September 2008

WFP welcomes historic commitment led by YUM! Brands to school feeding at CGI

WFP on Thursday welcomed a historic private sector commitment under the auspices of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) to support improved food and nutrition for millions of schoolchildren in the world’s least developed countries.
24 September 2008

Historic UN Private Sector Forum opens

Chief executives from all continents are meeting with government leaders and senior United Nations officials in New York today for the first UN Private Sector Forum on Food Sustainability and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
24 September 2008

Purchase for Progress initiative launched in New York

WFP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation today unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to help poor farmers across the developing world significantly increase their incomes.
22 September 2008

Ethiopia caught in middle of Horn of Africa emergency

WFP today appealed for US$460 million to feed 9.6 million hungry people affected by drought and high food prices in Ethiopia through to March next year.
18 September 2008

WFP scales up Liberia school feeding for over half a million children

The Government of Liberia and the United Nations World Food Programme this week launched urban school feeding in the capital Monrovia for 150,000 children short of food because of high food prices.
16 September 2008

Music stars join in Pavarotti memorial concert for Afghan refugees

A year after his death, Luciano Pavarotti’s legacy of generosity lives on in a tribute charity concert and memorial ceremony to be held in Petra, Jordan on 11 and 12 October.
16 September 2008

WFP triples aid deliveries in storm-ravaged Haiti

The amount of food being sent to tens of thousands of people on the storm-ravaged island of Haiti has tripled over the past week as the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has accelerated its hurricane response.

10 September 2008

Major food appeal for Zimbabwe as WFP relief distributions begin

With more than five million Zimbabweans facing severe food shortages, WFP today appealed for US$140 million to provide vital relief rations over the next six months. Without additional contributions, stocks will run out in January .
7 September 2008

Fourth WFP-contracted driver killed in Somalia this year

Gunmen shot and killed a WFP-contracted truck driver in southern Somalia, the fourth driver delivering WFP food assistance killed this year, WFP said.
5 September 2008

Gunmen Kill WFP head of sub-office in northwestern Kenya

Unidentified gunmen shot dead the head of WFP’s office in the northwestern Kenyan town of Lokichoggio -- in the first killing of a WFP aid worker in what has been a major relief hub for southern Sudan.


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