News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

4 May 2007

WFP cranks up emergency relief for Afghan flood victims, delivering enough to feed 60,000 people

Within hours of the first reports of devastating spring floods reaching the Afghan capital, WFP accelerated relief plans that by today have managed to deliver 1,000 tonnes of emergency rations, enough to feed 60,000 victims of the rising waters for 30 days.
29 April 2007

WFP Executive Director ends Africa tour; urges better security to bolster gains in fighting malnutrition

The United Nations World Food Programme has made dramatic progress in reducing malnutrition in Ethiopia, Sudan and Chad but the achievements risk being diminished by constantly shifting security conditions, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran today.
28 April 2007

WFP welcomes US$55 million pledge from Government of southern Sudan

The UN World Food Programme\'s innovative rebuilding projects in southern Sudan – which are helping to restore food independence for people in the region – have received a generous US$55 million pledge from the Government of southern Sudan (GoSS).
26 April 2007

WFP food reaches tens of thousands fleeing Mogadishu violence

A convoy of trucks contracted by WFP has thrust out of Mogadishu and delivered enough food to feed at least 32,000 people driven from their homes by some of the worst fighting in the Somali capital in 16 years.
25 April 2007

WFP Executive Director arrives in Sudan on her first mission to Africa

On her first visit to Africa since taking the helm of the United Nations World Food Programme earlier this month, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran arrived today in Sudan for talks with the government and to see food assistance at work in the western region of Darfur and the South.
24 April 2007

Violent clashes bring new misery to Congolese civilians

Thousands of civilians have fled renewed fighting in the north eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo where WFP and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are working together to alleviate suffering among the local population.
24 April 2007

WFP air operation brings much needed aid to cyclone-hit Madagascar

WFP has said it had started flying desperately needed food and other humanitarian supplies by helicopter to 20,000 people in northwestern Madagascar isolated after one of the worst cyclone seasons in years.
24 April 2007

WFP Executive Director launches renewed partnership with African Union to fight hunger

The African Union and WFP today renewed their strategic partnership to fight hunger and enhance food security, education and emergency response across the continent of Africa.
23 April 2007

Russian wheat shipment will feed Sudan school children

WFP welcomes the arrival at Port Sudan of a US$2 million shipment of wheat from Russia to support the agency’s recovery and development operations in Sudan.
23 April 2007

WFP Executive Director pledges ‘maximum positive impact’ on poor from food purchases on Africa visit

The new Executive Director of WFP, Josette Sheeran, has called on farmers, grain traders, and government officials to support WFP in developing “better models with food aid purchases” that can help poor farmers access markets and assist in solving chronic food insecurity.


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