News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

26 July 2005

Major contribution shows Japan's growing role in fighting hunger in Africa

Yokohama WFP welcomes an aid package of JPY 1.5 billion (US$13.6 million) from the Japanese Government to assist millions of people affected by conflict and natural disasters in some of the priority areas of Africa.
25 July 2005

Libya covers fuel cost to maintain WFP airlift of food aid to Darfur

Khartoum - WFP welcomes Libya\'s agreement to help cover the costs of its airlift of food aid to western Sudan\'s Darfur region, where over three million people have been displaced by the conflict.
21 July 2005

Urgent food airlift by French NGO for Niger's hungry

Rome In response to repeated appeals to the international community to help stave off the deepening hunger crisis in Niger, WFP announces that a much-needed airlift of food commodities from Réunir, a French aid agency, has arrived in Maradi, one of the hardest hit areas of the country.
19 July 2005

Africa's refugees risk exploitation and violence due to food ration cuts

Geneva/Dar Es Salaam Two leading United Nations agencies, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) and WFP warn that continued food ration cuts are forcing Burundian and Congolese refugees in western Tanzania to take part in activities that put them at risk in an effort to ward off hunger. UNHCR and WFP are especially concerned about the rising trend of sexual exploitation and violence against refugee women outside the camps.
15 July 2005

Food aid urgently needed for victims of Togo's turmoil

Dakar As the aftershocks of recent political turmoil and violence in Togo continue to be felt, the WFP appeals for just US$3 million to ensure 66,500 people forced from their homes do not go hungry in the months ahead.
12 July 2005

NFLPA and WFP launch Food Force at NY School

WFP and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), are launching a contest in which young people from across the United States will compete for first prize in a video game contest.
12 July 2005

WFP welcomes EU donation to Algeria

WFP welcomes a US$3.3 million contribution from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department to its operation in Algeria which currently assists 90,000 Western Saharan refugees.
10 July 2005

Malnutrition remains in Mauritania

Though food distributions are improving conditions for thousands of people across the West African nation of Mauritania, WFP calls for greater international assistance to address worrying levels of malnutrition, particularly in the south and south-east of the country.
7 July 2005

Southern Africa faces severe food shortages: millions of people need urgent humanitarian aid

Johannesburg - More than 10 million people will need humanitarian assistance in six countries across southern Africa over the coming year following yet another year of poor agricultural production caused by erratic weather together with late, and in some cases unaffordable inputs, such as fertilizer and seeds, two UN agencies and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) warn.
3 July 2005

Child malnutrition rates in North Korea fall, but U.N. agencies say more help is needed to build on gains

Beijing Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea have declined in the past two years but remain relatively high, according to a new survey. UN agencies announcing the findings say that substantial, well-targeted international assistance must be sustained to build on the gains.


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