News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

24 February 2006

UN agency heads on unprecedented trip to Great Lakes

The heads of three of the United Nations largest humanitarian agencies are embarking on their first joint mission to visit their common operations.
23 February 2006

WFP governing body approves North Korea aid plan

WFP’s governing Executive Board has approved a two-year plan to build on the agency’s ten-year record of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by tackling nutritional deficiencies and chronic hunger.
21 February 2006

WFP's daunting task: Feeding 1.7 million refugees

As the media and the humanitarian community focus on the spreading drought in the Horn of Africa, WFP is deeply concerned that more attention is needed to highlight the persistent problems faced by the world’s refugees – most of them in Africa.
17 February 2006

Pakistan helicopter lifeline faces drastic cuts

WFP has said that US$24 million is urgently needed to maintain its helicopter ‘lifeline’ operation in Pakistan -- the largest relief helicopter operation in the UN’s history -- until the end of August to assist thousands of victims of last year’s earthquake.
17 February 2006

Sudanese need food aid despite good harvest

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP have said that while Sudan is likely to reap a reasonably good harvest in 2005-2006, almost seven million people will still require food aid over the coming year.
17 February 2006

WFP announces the end of its operation in Albania

WFP has announced the end of its almost decade-long operation in Albania, marked by the official closure of its office in Tirana on 28 February.
16 February 2006

WFP assists Sahrawi refugees hit by torrential rains

WFP will begin assisting 60,000 Sahrawi refugees living in the desert area near Tindouf who saw their homes and belongings washed away by three-days of rare torrential rains.
14 February 2006

More emergency food aid sent to conflict victims in DRC

WFP food aid is being flown from the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC) for thousands of people fleeing fighting in Katanga Province of the eastern DRC.
11 February 2006

Leading Iranian saffron company joins WFP in hunger fight

WFP has announced today that the Novin Saffron Company, the leading producer and exporter of high quality Iranian saffron, has become WFP’s first private sector partner in Iran.
8 February 2006

WFP starts first food distribution to thousands of Lebanese in Syria

WFP yesterday started distributing food aid to nearly 7,000 Lebanese civilians in the Syrian capital, Damascus, who fled crisis-torn Lebanon over the last two weeks.


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