News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 September 2007

Severe drought drastically reduces crop production in Moldova

Severe drought has drastically reduced crop yields in Moldova, driving up food prices and reducing access to food for poor households, according to a joint report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
24 September 2007

Small maize purchase for WFP - big boost for farmers in Lesotho

WFP completes a historic purchase by buying maize directly from a group of small-scale farmers in Lesotho, the first ever direct purchase in that country. The farmer produced a surplus despite the country’s worst drought in 30 years by using conservation farming techniques.
18 September 2007

WFP seeks US$65 million to avoid ration cuts for 1.7 million people in Uganda

WFP has appealed for US$64.6 million to feed up to 1.7 million people in Uganda until March to stave off hunger for victims of severe floods, refugees, and populations displaced by conflict and civil strife.
18 September 2007

WFP supports Afghan farmers with local wheat purchase

WFP has announced a US$1.1 million purchase of 4,000 metric tons of locally grown wheat in Hirat, Afghanistan, as a way of overcoming continuing security problems hampering food deliveries, while at the same time supporting poor Afghan farmers.
14 September 2007

WFP food reaching victims of flooding across Ethiopia

WFP has said that distributions of food assistance to more than 60,000 flood victims across the country had started amid some overcrowding in temporary shelters and threats of an outbreak of water-borne diseases.
14 September 2007

WFP gets emergency food to eastern DRC, but fears persist for outlying areas

WFP has warned that though many of the tens of thousands of people displaced by fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in recent days have now received emergency rations, there are serious concerns for those who remain beyond its reach do to insecurity.
13 September 2007

WFP to appeal for US$10.3 million to assist "pummelled" Hurricane Felix victims

WFP has announced plans to issue a US$10.3 million emergency appeal to assist an estimated 80,000 victims, as rescue crews were reported stunned by the intensity of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Felix in northern Nicaragua.
11 September 2007

Words nourish the hungry: Web phenomenon crosses one billion threshold

The head of the UN’s World Food Programme Josette Sheeran acclaims the phenomenally successful internet-based vocabulary game FreeRice as an example of the Web’s power to mobilise millions of people in the fight against global hunger.
10 September 2007

WFP warns of disaster in Uganda as food stocks for flood victims run low

WFP warns that disaster looms for hundreds of thousands of Ugandans hit by floods if the agency’s appeal for assistance is not answered quickly.

8 September 2007

WFP warns of long recovery and relief needs for areas hit by South Asian flooding

The United Nations World Food Programme warns that long term relief and recovery efforts will be needed for many of the estimated 25 million people that have been affected by severe flooding across south Asia, with huge areas of land under water in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.


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