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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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26 August 2004

UN completes largest de-worming campaign in history for 4.5 million Afghan children

Kabul - WFP has completed the largest de-worming campaign ever undertaken, reaching over 4.5 million schoolchildren in Afghanistan.
24 August 2004

WFP welcomes Indonesia's move to lift ban on humanitarian rice imports

Jakarta WFP warmly welcomes the decision by the Government of Indonesia to exempt humanitarian agencies from its ban on rice imports, saying that millions of poor Indonesians are now guaranteed the delivery of food assistance they so urgently need.
20 August 2004

Freak natural disasters destroy millions of homes, crops and livelihoods across the globe

Rome Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in West Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges for WFP at a moment when it is heavily involved in Darfur and elsewhere.
20 August 2004

Freak natural disasters destroy millions of homes, crops and livelihoods across the globe

Rome Extreme weather and other natural disasters, from the locust plague in West Africa to freezing weather in Peru, are presenting unique challenges for WFP at a moment when it is heavily involved in Darfur and elsewhere.
20 August 2004

WFP feeds wounded from massacre in Western Burundi

Bujumbura - WFP said today it was providing food to the wounded and other survivors of the 13 August massacre at Gatumba transit camp in Burundi, and that it stood ready to assist refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo when they are transferred to safer sites.
12 August 2004

Urgent funds needed to prevent ration cuts for refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP warns that it would be forced to make a drastic cut in food rations for 118,000 refugees in camps in Ethiopia, unless donations of US$4.2 million are made urgently to provide enough food for at least the next six months.
10 August 2004

WFP Director Morris meets Mexico President Fox: urges fight against hemispheric hunger

During a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox, WFP\'s Executive Director, James T. Morris, said Mexico\'s leadership is crucial in helping to solve the pressing social problems in Latin America and the world.
8 August 2004

WFP and Arab League sign historic agreement for cooperation

Cairo - WFP and the League of Arab States today signed their first Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation.The agreement underlines the common interests of the two organisations. In addition to exchanging information and expertise in different fields, both agencies will work together towards identifying problems and coordinating intervention relating to food insecurity and malnutrition, particularly among women and children.
30 July 2004

Japan steps in to help the hungry of Lesotho

Maseru WFP expresses gratitude to the Government of Japan for a large donation worth 5.7 million Loti (JPY100 million or US$890,000) which has been used to buy food aid in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
30 July 2004

WFP rushes to assist flood victims in Svaneti

Tbilisi WFP launches a two-month emergency operation on Sunday to assist 1,986 flood victims in Georgia\'s mountainous Svaneti.

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