News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

16 August 2005

WFP increases Mali appeal to help 175,000 children under five

Bamako WFP increases its emergency appeal for Mali in order to feed an additional 175,000 children in the hardest-hit parts of the country and avoid it slipping into a humanitarian crisis similar to neighbouring Niger.
16 August 2005

WFP stores food in Gaza for Palestinians affected by Israeli withdrawal

Jerusalem WFP announces it has stored food supplies in Gaza Strip to sustain tens of thousands of impoverished Palestinians ahead of the Israeli withdrawal which started early Monday.
15 August 2005

Food shortages prompt massive US donation for southern Africa

Johannesburg WFP applauds the United States for making an early and generous donation of more than US$50 million to the agency\'s feeding programmes in southern Africa where more than 10 million people are in urgent need of food assistance.
14 August 2005

Soccer's World Player of the Year Ronaldinho joins the fight against child hunger

Barcelona Soccer\'s reigning World Player of the Year Ronaldinho, the charismatic Brazilian renowned for his smile and his ability to score jaw-dropping goals, is to use his global celebrity to help WFP in its fight against child hunger, the agency announces.
12 August 2005

UN Agencies ask WTO to protect humanitarian food aid

The heads of three of the largest UN agencies – UNHCR, UNICEF and WFP – call upon negotiators at the World Trade Organization to protect food aid donations through the United Nations to cope with emergencies and feed vulnerable groups.
8 August 2005

Agreement reached for release of hijacked food aid ship in Somalia

Nairobi - WFP announces an agreement with community leaders and Somalia\'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to allow the release of a hijacked ship, its 10-member crew and its cargo of WFP food aid within days.
6 August 2005

WFP lauds Bush-Blair aid to Africa; calls on G-8 to address hunger impact of AIDS

Rome - WFP heralds the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. The announcement at the White House brings the United States\' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom\'s support to some US$300 million.
4 August 2005

As last food aid arrives, China progresses from recipient to donor

Chiwan Port, China - The arrival of the last shipment of WFP food aid to China marks a significant watershed in the campaign to end global hunger, the world\'s largest humanitarian agency declares.
4 August 2005

Shortage of funds forces WFP to cut food rations for over one million in Darfur

Khartoum - WFP says that for the first time since its major emergency operation for Darfur began, a drastic shortage of funds will force it to cut rations for more than one million people living in the western region of Darfur.
3 August 2005

Lessening the buden on women: WFP makes commitments a reality

Rome WFP has chosen the theme of "Lessening the Burden of Women" for this year\'s International Women\'s Day (IWD) as part of its worldwide effort to turn into reality its commitments to empower women and improve their lives.


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