News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 August 2005

Largely Forgotten Somali Hijacking Now Enters Day 54

The hostages are not Italian, French or American; there are no discussions of the hijackers asking for millions of dollars to set them free. As it drags through its eighth week, the story of the 10-man crew aboard the MV ...
19 August 2005

New Food Insecurity Atlas Pinpoints 100 Indonesian ‘Hotspots’

A new tool in the “war on hunger” in Indonesia was unveiled today by the Ministry of Agriculture’s National Food Security Council and WFP. Jointly developed over the last two years by the two agencies, “A Food ...
18 August 2005

With world focus on Niger, Belgium donates to neglected African crises

Brussels - WFP welcomes a cash donation of five million euros from Belgium which will allow the agency to provide urgently needed food to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Niger, Mali, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Malawi.
17 August 2005

WFP alleviates food shortages in remote corner of Mauritania

WFP steps up emergency distributions of food in Mauritania, including to 6,300 people suffering from serious food shortages in parts of the remote Hodh Chargui region.
16 August 2005

WFP increases Mali appeal to help 175,000 children under five

Bamako WFP increases its emergency appeal for Mali in order to feed an additional 175,000 children in the hardest-hit parts of the country and avoid it slipping into a humanitarian crisis similar to neighbouring Niger.
16 August 2005

WFP stores food in Gaza for Palestinians affected by Israeli withdrawal

Jerusalem WFP announces it has stored food supplies in Gaza Strip to sustain tens of thousands of impoverished Palestinians ahead of the Israeli withdrawal which started early Monday.
15 August 2005

Food shortages prompt massive US donation for southern Africa

Johannesburg WFP applauds the United States for making an early and generous donation of more than US$50 million to the agency\'s feeding programmes in southern Africa where more than 10 million people are in urgent need of food assistance.
14 August 2005

Soccer's World Player of the Year Ronaldinho joins the fight against child hunger

Barcelona Soccer\'s reigning World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, the charismatic Brazilian renowned for his smile and his ability to score jaw-dropping goals, is to use his global celebrity to help WFP in its fight against child hunger, the agency announces.
12 August 2005

UN Agencies ask WTO to protect humanitarian food aid

The heads of three of the largest UN agencies – UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP – call upon negotiators at the World Trade Organization to protect food aid donations through the United Nations to cope with emergencies and feed vulnerable groups.
8 August 2005

Agreement reached for release of hijacked food aid ship in Somalia

Nairobi - WFP announces an agreement with community leaders and Somalia\'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to allow the release of a hijacked ship, its 10-member crew and its cargo of WFP food aid within days.


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