News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

13 October 2005

Critical window closing for 12 million in southern Africa

A top WFP official has warned that a critical window is closing fast for 12 million people across southern Africa to receive urgent help from the international community - including five million people in Malawi facing the ...
13 October 2005

Hunger toll on World Food Day: 6,241,512 dead

Speaking on the occasion of World Food Day on 16 October, the Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, said that by the end of the day 6,241,512 people will have already died of hunger and related diseases so far this year
13 October 2005

WFP hands out food in city worst hit by South Asia earthquake

WFP begins handing out emergency food rations to thousands of desperate people in Muzaffarabad, the city worst hit by 8 October’s huge earthquake.
13 October 2005

WFP launches Japanese version of Food Force

Food Force, the humanitarian video game produced by WFP, will be launched in Japanese on 17 October. This is the first version of the hugely popular video game in another language other than English. The Japanese Food ...
11 October 2005

Irish contribution to help drought-stricken Mozambique

WFP welcomes a donation of 500,000 Euros (14.7 billion Meticais) from the Irish Government which will be used to assist Mozambicans affected by the country’s fourth consecutive year of drought.
10 October 2005

WFP starts emergency airlift to earthquake victims

WFP is beginning a major airlift of emergency relief supplies to Pakistan for the victims of Saturday’s earthquake, which killed some 20,000 people and left hundreds of thousands more homeless and destitute.
6 October 2005

President of Nigeria and WFP Chief demand "Pride of Place" at G8 for Africa's Hungry

Rome - President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and WFP\'s Executive Director James Morris call for greater efforts to eradicate child hunger and malnutrition in Africa, ahead of next month\'s summit of the G8 leading industrialised countries in Scotland.
5 October 2005

WFP/ICRC report highlights plight of millions of displaced in Colombia

Bogota - Millions of people displaced by years of conflict in Colombia are living in conditions of severe poverty and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance just to cover their basic needs, according to a report by WFP and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
3 October 2005

Sweden makes record increase in food aid

Rome - WFP welcomes a record increase in Sweden\'s contribution for WFP\'s work in alleviating hunger.
30 September 2005

Early lean season in Malawi leaves 5 million hungry

With large numbers of people in Malawi confronted by sharp rises in malnutrition rates and maize prices – three months earlier than the traditional lean season – WFP has given a warning that at least five million people ...


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