News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

13 March 2008

'Not on our watch' donates to critical air operation in Darfur

The vital Humanitarian Air Service run by WFP in Darfur has received its first donation of 2008: US$500,000 from Not On Our Watch, the humanitarian and advocacy organisation founded by the Hollywood actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and civil rights lawyer David Pressman.
10 March 2008

First food aid convoy reaches thousands displaced in northern Sri Lanka

WFP has dispatched a first convoy of food and other supplies for 200,000 displaced people in the LTTE-controlled area of Sri Lanka.
7 March 2008

WFP expands food assistance to Ethiopia in response to government's urgent appeal

WFP is expanding operations to reach 4.6 million people in Ethiopia with emergency food assistance, in response to the government’s urgent appeal for food and nutrition assistance to avoid hunger-related deaths in coming months.
3 March 2008

Drew Barrymore announces a US$1 million donation on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Drew Barrymore, one of the world’s most recognised film stars, has announced a personal donation of US$1 million on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to help the World Food Programme (WFP) feed thousands of school children in Kenya.
1 March 2008

WFP to help feed one million displaced Iraqis

WFP announces the start of a US$126 million emergency operation to provide food assistance to more than one million displaced Iraqis who are unable to meet their basic food needs due to the continuing violence in Iraq.
22 February 2008

WFP to feed 200,000 vulnerable people affected by food emergency in Tajikistan

The United Nations World Food Programme said today it was appealing for an extra US$8.3 million to help feed hundreds of thousands of people in Tajikistan suffering from food shortages amid soaring food and fuel prices, in the coldest winter the country has seen for three decades and an unprecedented energy crisis.
18 February 2008

Emergency hub in Ecuador airlifts food to flood victims in Bolivia

The World Food Programme has airlifted a first tranche of emergency food assistance from its new humanitarian emergency hub in Ecuador to assist thousands of families affected by floods in Bolivia as a result of “La Niña” weather phenomenon.
15 February 2008

WFP launches Cambodia Food Security Atlas - a critical tool against hunger

The World Food Programme (WFP) today launched an updated, on-line food-security map of Cambodia, identifying areas of vulnerability and showing where improvement has taken place and where more intervention is needed.
14 February 2008

Colombian Government and WFP to launch US$157 million operation to assist displaced in Colombia

WFP and the Colombian Government have agreed to implement a US$157-million joint operation to provide food and other humanitarian assistance to more than 530,000 displaced people annually in the country over the next three years.
14 February 2008

Former WFP school feeding beneficiary in women's team to climb everest

A former beneficiary of the United Nations World Food Programme’s school feeding programme is to join the largest team of all-Nepali women to climb Mt Everest this spring.


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