News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

6 March 2007

Study finds child hunger costs Central America billions of dollars every year

A new study finds that child undernutrition in Central America and the Dominican Republic in 2004 alone cost those economies US$6.7 billion – or 6.4 percent of the region’s entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – a burden that severely undermines international and national efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.
5 March 2007

WFP cranks up effort to aid first wave of those who fled Mogadishu

WFP today said it was stepping up a drive to deliver food to almost 100,000 of the 365,000 people driven from their homes in Mogadishu by the worst fighting in 16 years. WFP expects the number could quickly rise to as many as 150,000.
27 February 2007

WFP faces huge cuts as funds run out for Zambia

WFP is preparing to cut the vital food aid rations it currently provides to around 500,000 of the most vulnerable people in Zambia over the coming weeks – because of a critical shortage of funds.
26 February 2007

WFP food aid ship hijacked off Somalia coast

WFP has announced that the MV Rozen, a WFP-contracted vessel, was hijacked off the coast of north-eastern Somalia, somewhere near Bargal, north of Hafun in the state of Puntland at around 0935 yesterday, Sunday, 25 February 2007.
22 February 2007

Poor Palestinians unable to purchase enough food

The United Nations has warned that rising unemployment and poverty in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, coupled with economic suffocation, are posing acute challenges to food security, leaving many families totally reliant on outside assistance, as well as threatening vital sectors of the Palestinian economy.
22 February 2007

WFP to assist another 4,000 families in flood-stricken Bolivia

WFP will increase the number of flood-stricken families being assisted with food aid, adding 4,000 families now desperate after floods washed away their crops and household belongings.
20 February 2007

WFP helps Mozambique flood victims, as a second tropical storm brings heavy rain to Central provinces

WFP has said that it would like to buy locally as much food as possible for 120,000 people already affected by flooding in central Mozambique but stressed that cash donations were crucial.
15 February 2007

WFP starts helicopter rescue and food deliveries to victims of Mozambique floods

WFP has said a WFP-chartered helicopter had started rescue and food delivery missions in central Mozambique where the worst flooding in years has forced an estimated 85,000 people to flee their homes.
14 February 2007

Cartier donates sales proceeds to WFP

Since the launch of the LOVE Charity Bracelet this past autumn, hundreds of people across the region have shown their love and commitment by supporting various humanitarian causes through purchasing this special bracelet.
13 February 2007

WFP condemns looting of food warehouses during unrest in Guinea

WFP has condemned the looting of three food warehouses in Guinea over the weekend – resulting in the loss of nearly 450 metric tons of food aid destined for school children and the poorest communities.


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