News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 December 2004

Only peace can put an end to food crisis in DRC warns WFP's top official

Nairobi / Kinshasa Severe food shortages and malnutrition will continue to plague hundreds of thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of Congo unless insecurity comes to an end, warns Sheila Sisulu, the Deputy Executive Director of WFP.
30 November 2004

Soccer star Kaká puts the floodlights on global hunger

Milan Brazilian soccer star Kaká, whose astonishing performances at the age of 22 helped AC Milan win Italy\'s national championship last season, is appointed as WFP\'s youngest Ambassador Against Hunger.
30 November 2004

WFP and World Vision target schools to help keep children HIV/AIDS free

Rome In the lead up to World AIDS Day (1 December), the heads of WFP and World Vision joined forces to urge a massive increase in donor funds for school feeding -- a largely untapped yet effective way to attract children to school and stem HIV/AIDS infections among the young.
23 November 2004

Continued global support vital for West Africa

Dakar WFP said today that West Africa needs strong and consistent backing from the international community as the region tackles a range of challenges from drought and locusts to civil strife and destabilisation.
23 November 2004

North Korea has bigger harvest, but millions still need food aid

Pyongyang/Rome - Despite its best harvest in ten years, the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will post another substantial food deficit in 2005 and require external aid to support more than a quarter of its 23.7 million people, WFP and the FAO said in a joint press release.

22 November 2004

First American food aid sent through Libya for Darfur refugees in Chad

Al Kufra, Libya For the first time, WFP is sending United States food assistance through Libya, along a humanitarian corridor across the Sahara desert, to reach nearly 200,000 Sudanese refugees in eastern Chad.
22 November 2004

WFP welcomes Czech food aid donation for Albania

Tirana WFP welcomes a donation of 239 metric tons of wheat flour, valued at over US$98,000, from the Czech Republic, for impoverished communities in Albania.
20 November 2004

WFP seeks support for war-ravaged West Africa

Freetown- WFP has called on the international community to bolster support for some one million people in West Africa who are struggling to overcome the devastating effects of war.
18 November 2004

Darfur crisis obscures growing food needs in Sudan's south

Nairobi WFP warns that while the attention of the media has focused heavily on the continuing humanitarian emergency in the Darfur region of western Sudan, the food outlook for southern Sudan in 2005 looks fairly bleak.
16 November 2004

Drought threatens thousands of families in Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras

Panama WFP launches an international appeal today for US$1 million to fund a six-month emergency food aid operation in Bolivia, where prolonged drought has seriously affected at least 41,000 people.


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