News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

30 September 2005

Early lean season in Malawi leaves 5 million hungry

With large numbers of people in Malawi confronted by sharp rises in malnutrition rates and maize prices – three months earlier than the traditional lean season – WFP has given a warning that at least five million people ...
30 September 2005

WFP needs US$1 million now for Colombian refugees

WFP has called on donors to provide US$1 million for immediate food assistance to 6,300 Colombian refugees and asylum seekers living in Ecuador, who have fled the ongoing armed conflict in their country that has displaced ...
29 September 2005

Food aid distributions continue in Niger

With the completion this week of the first round of free food distributions to some 1.7 million people in Niger, WFP has confirmed that the most vulnerable are now receiving a second ration to help alleviate further ...
28 September 2005

Day 94: Somali hijackers take ship back to their base

WFP confirmed today that the hijackers of a WFP-chartered ship seized three months ago had broken an agreement to release the vessel.
23 September 2005

Hijackers break agreement to release Kenya ship

WFP today declared null and void all agreements with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and community leaders to end the hijack of a Kenyan-owned vessel off the coast of Somalia.
23 September 2005

WFP supports BBC in school twinning initiative

WFP has joined forces with the BBC to promote partnership and dialogue between school children in Africa and Britain.
21 September 2005

"Dismal shortage of cash" threatens hungry Iraqis

WFP gave a warning today that a 56 percent funding shortfall is jeopardizing the agency’s emergency operation in Iraq, aimed at supporting more than three million people – over half of them children.
19 September 2005

Bleak future for Angola's children

The children of Angola are paying a heavy price for under-funded humanitarian operations across the country, where high malnutrition rates and preventable diseases are taking their toll on the weakest, WFP has warned. ...
16 September 2005

Six million Afghan children to be dewormed

Ahead of this weekend’s elections in Afghanistan, WFP has announced the launch of the 2005 national deworming campaign. The government campaign, which aims to improve the health and intellectual development of six ...
16 September 2005

WFP addresses long-term food security in DPRK

WFP has pledged to continue working with the North Korean government and the international donor community to ensure that the needs of millions of hungry North Koreans are adequately and appropriately met. “The ...


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