News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

22 June 2007

One fifth of Timor population needs food assistance, UN report says

Persistent drought and plagues of locusts ravaged Timor-Leste’s harvest in 2007, cutting production of major crops by as much as 30 per cent and leaving one-fifth of the population in need of food assistance, says a report issued today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
22 June 2007

WFP appeals to Kenyan authorities to allow food into Somalia

WFP today appealed to Kenyan authorities to allow food assistance on 140 trucks to cross into Somalia.
22 June 2007

WFP shifts to recovery in Djibouti to help pastoralists

WFP announces it is gradually shifting from emergency assistance to Food for Work projects this year for thousands of nomadic herders to lessen the impact of recurrent droughts while improving the nutritional status of the most vulnerable in this country near the tip of the Horn of Africa.
20 June 2007

More WFP trucks head for Gaza

The United Nations World Food Programme announces that nine trucks carrying 225 metric tons of food have begun to cross the border into Gaza.
16 June 2007

2007 World Food Prize Laureate Revolutionized Post-Harvest Technology

Dr. Philip E. Nelson of Purdue University is named winner of the $250,000 World Food Prize for his innovative breakthrough technologies which have revolutionized the food industry.
16 June 2007

WFP condemns attack on food warehouse in the West Bank

WFP today condemned an armed attack on a food warehouse containing WFP food, run by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Nablus, West Bank.
14 June 2007

South Korea donation to WFP allows major boost to its feeding programmes in DPRK

WFP has welcomed an announcement of a critically needed contribution worth in excess of US$20 million by the Republic of Korea (RoK) to WFP’s food assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where a lack of funds has already forced the agency to cut back feeding programmes for schools and for at-risk infants and small children.
14 June 2007

WFP airlifts emergency supplies to newly arrived Darfur refugees in the Central African Republic

The United Nations World Food Programme today launched a highly complex operation to airlift emergency food supplies to over 2,600 refugees from Darfur who recently crossed into the remote north-eastern corner of the Central African Republic.
13 June 2007

Joint Statement of United Nations organisations on the situation in Gaza

United Nations organisations working in the occupied Palestinian territory, are gravely concerned about the spiralling violence in the Gaza Strip, which has claimed 59 lives and caused 273 injuries since 9 June.
13 June 2007

Lesotho faces deep food crisis after one of its worst droughts in 30 years

Lesotho needs urgent international assistance to avert a major food crisis because of high cereal prices after this year’s main cereal harvest was ravaged by one of the worst droughts in 30 years, says a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the WFP.


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