News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 February 2006

WFP Executive Director visits Sudan amid funding crisis to feed six million

WFP Executive Director, James Morris, arrives in Khartoum to visit the agency’s largest emergency operation, which was hit recently by a severe shortage of funds to feed some 6.1 million people across Sudan this year.
6 February 2006

WFP warns of growing destitution among Palestinians

WFP is set to increase the number of people it feeds in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) by 25 percent from 480,000 to 600,000 non-refugees, in response to an escalating humanitarian crisis.
3 February 2006

UN leaders urge new effort in Great Lakes region

The heads of three of the largest UN humanitarian agencies urge the international community to match political progress in the Great Lakes region with a new commitment to end the suffering of the millions of people forgotten by the rest of the world.
2 February 2006

Long-term problems persist for southern Africa

James T. Morris, the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, has said that southern Africa may be on the cusp of better harvests but the underlying causes of the region’s four-year ...
31 January 2006

WFP lauds growing links with 10 new EU member states

WFP welcomed its burgeoning partnership with the 10 new member states of the European Union, marked in 2005 by expanding cooperation and sharp increases in financial contributions.
30 January 2006

WFP urges world leaders to focus on Afghanistan

As international leaders and donors gather in London for the Conference on Afghanistan on Tuesday and Wednesday, WFP is calling on the world community to focus more of its energy and attention on the millions of poor and ...
26 January 2006

Bitter cold worsens plight of hungry Chechens

WFP has appealed for urgently needed funds to resume food rations for thousands of people in Chechnya and Ingushetia now suffering from bitterly cold winter weather. They desperately need our help, and they ...
25 January 2006

WFP warns of Kenya drought disaster

WFP has given a stark warning of a humanitarian disaster in Kenya because of drought. We don’t have enough for the 1.2 million people we are currently feeding, let alone the expected increase to 2.5 million or ...
25 January 2006

WFP's humanitarian video game launched in Italy

An Italian version of “Food Force”, the first humanitarian video game about world hunger, has been launched in Rome. After the success of the English and Japanese versions, an Italian game was developed by Rai Net in cooperation with the WFP.
24 January 2006

WFP halts Ivory Coast operations in wake of violence

WFP has warned that continued uncertainty over the safety of WFP staff in Ivory Coast could have a disastrous effect on its operations to assist some of the most vulnerable people in the country, particularly in and around ...


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