News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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 ...
30 September 2005

WFP needs US$1 million now for Colombian refugees

WFP has called on donors to provide US$1 million for immediate food assistance to 6,300 Colombian refugees and asylum seekers living in Ecuador, who have fled the ongoing armed conflict in their country that has displaced ...
29 September 2005

Food aid distributions continue in Niger

With the completion this week of the first round of free food distributions to some 1.7 million people in Niger, WFP has confirmed that the most vulnerable are now receiving a second ration to help alleviate further ...
28 September 2005

Day 94: Somali hijackers take ship back to their base

WFP confirmed today that the hijackers of a WFP-chartered ship seized three months ago had broken an agreement to release the vessel.
23 September 2005

Hijackers break agreement to release Kenya ship

WFP today declared null and void all agreements with Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and community leaders to end the hijack of a Kenyan-owned vessel off the coast of Somalia.
23 September 2005

WFP supports BBC in school twinning initiative

WFP has joined forces with the BBC to promote partnership and dialogue between school children in Africa and Britain.


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