News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

14 September 2007

WFP gets emergency food to eastern DRC, but fears persist for outlying areas

WFP has warned that though many of the tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days have now received emergency rations, there are serious concerns for those who remain beyond its reach do to insecurity.
13 September 2007

WFP to appeal for US$10.3 million to assist "pummelled" Hurricane Felix victims

WFP has announced plans to issue a US$10.3 million emergency appeal to assist an estimated 80,000 victims, as rescue crews were reported stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Felix in northern Nicaragua.
11 September 2007

Words nourish the hungry: Web phenomenon crosses one billion threshold

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme Josette Sheeran acclaims the phenomenally successful internet-based vocabulary game FreeRice as an example of the Web’s power to mobilise millions of people in the fight against global hunger.
10 September 2007

WFP warns of disaster in Uganda as food stocks for flood victims run low

WFP warns that disaster looms for hundreds of thousands of Ugandans hit by floods if the agency’s appeal for assistance is not answered quickly.

8 September 2007

WFP warns of long recovery and relief needs for areas hit by South Asian flooding

The United Nations World Food Programme warns that long term relief and recovery efforts will be needed for many of the estimated 25 million people that have been affected by severe flooding across south Asia, with huge areas of land under water in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
7 September 2007

WFP welcomes a US$1 million donation from the USA to Western Saharan refugees

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$1 million contribution from the United States to provide food aid to the most vulnerable Western Saharan refugees in Algeria.
5 September 2007

WFP welcomes Drew Barrymore as Ambassador Against Hunger

American actress Drew Barrymore, one of the world’s most recognised film stars, has been named Ambassador Against Hunger for WFP.
3 September 2007

DJ BoBo urges international community to continue support to Ethiopia

After visiting some of Ethiopia’s most hunger prone regions, Swiss pop star and WFP Hunger Ambassador, DJ BoBo, urged the world to continue its engagement in the Horn of Africa country to help sustain progress in combating hunger and poverty.
2 September 2007

Floods wreak havoc in parts of southern Africa, thousands need help

Floods across southern Africa are wreaking havoc for tens of thousands of people caught by rising water that has washed away crops, homes and claimed the lives of dozens of people, WFP has said.
2 September 2007

WFP extends food aid operations in Nepal to cover continuing drought

WFP will extend its food aid operations in Nepal to communities in three drought-affected districts of the Eastern Terai – an area seized with political violence over the last month – as well as continuing assistance until the end of June to drought victims in the Mid- and Far-Western Regions.


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