News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

31 October 2005

Cash-starved WFP may be forced to ground helicopters

Less than four weeks after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake, WFP may be forced to ground its relief helicopters because it lacks the funds to fly them. The helicopters are the only means to reach hundreds of thousands ...
28 October 2005

Devastation in Pakistan worse than expected - survey

WFP has said that losses and devastation from this month's earthquake in northern Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir were far worse than had first been thought, and that 2.3 million people may now require food aid ...
28 October 2005

Zambian lives in peril as families run out of food

WFP has warned that the lives of many Zambians could be in peril as the number of people needing food assistance in the country had climbed to at least 1.7 million due to crop failure and rising food prices. Maize ...
27 October 2005

Earthquake aid window slamming shut, WFP warns

In the wake of yesterday’s meeting of major donors to discuss funding for the victims of this month’s south Asia earthquake, WFP has expressed alarm that too little money is being committed directly to its emergency relief ...
27 October 2005

Record hunger destabilises Africa

As the world focuses on a series of massive natural disasters and the spread of avian influenza, hunger in Africa has quietly climbed to an all-time high, threatening to destabilize much of the continent, warns James T. Morris, Executive Director of WFP.
27 October 2005

WFP gears up to help Guatemala's hurricane victims

As the devastation wrought by Hurricane Stan and the ensuing landslides continue to affect large numbers of people living in the Guatemalan highlands, WFP has launched a US$14.1 million emergency operation to assist ...
25 October 2005

Food Force goes multilingual

Six months and two million downloads after its launch, the world’s first humanitarian video game will soon be available in five languages. WFP has announced a partnership with China’s number one interactive media company, Shanda, for the production of a Chinese version of Food Force.
25 October 2005

Lack of funds and blocked roads creating "death traps" in Kashmir

Just over two weeks after the earthquake in north-eastern Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, WFP warns that blocked roads, snow and a lack of funding could create a death trap for tens of thousands of people who survived
25 October 2005

WFP chief urges more donor support to unprecedented aid challenge in Pakistan

WFP chief urges more donor support, while on 3-day visit to Japan.
21 October 2005

Darfur's nutritional status improved by aid - but gains threatened by insecurity

The influx of food and other humanitarian assistance to Darfur has almost havled malnutrition rates since last year -- but the aid must continue to flow if lives are to be saved.


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