News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

15 December 2004

EU Provides Long-Term Protection for WFP Lifeline to Somalia

Mombasa, 15 December 2008 - WFP today thanked the European Union for providing naval escorts to protect ships loaded with WFP food against piracy, saying the deployment was a longer-term solution that would help save lives in Somalia.

15 December 2004

Food distribution freeze looms over displaced Azerbaijanis

Baku WFP warnds that due to a nearly 50 percent shortfall in resources, food distribution for 140,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict a decade ago, will come to a complete halt starting January.
14 December 2004

China pledges more support for war on Global Hunger

Beijing The world\'s largest humanitarian agency and most populous country have celebrated a 25-year partnership with a landmark agreement to join efforts to combat global hunger.
14 December 2004

Christmas in DR Congo: food cuts imminent due to funding crisis

Kinshasa WFP warns that unless it receives new funds by New Year for the Democratic Republic of Congo, it will be forced to cut by 30 percent the number of people provided with life-saving food aid and reduce the remaining beneficiaries\' food rations by half.
14 December 2004

New Wyclef Jean music video: a song of hope and help for Haitian flood victims

Rome WFP releases a music video by Haitian singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean, who visited flood-stricken parts of Haiti in October, and whose new song ‘Gonaives\' seeks to raise awareness and support for thousands of people still recovering from the devastation.
13 December 2004

Italy's first commemorative Euro coin makes the cost of hunger count

Rome Italians were given a new way to count the cost of hunger on Monday when the Government dedicated its first commemorative Euro coin to WFP, as it began its fifth decade of delivering food aid to the world\'s hungry.
11 December 2004

20 facts you may not know about Global Hunger

London On the 20th anniversary of the Band Aid single, it is worth remembering that hunger and malnutrition remain the biggest risk to health around the world, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The chorus line of the original Band Aid single recorded against the backdrop of the Ethiopian famine in 1984, was "Feed the World". That message is as important today as it was two decades ago.
11 December 2004

Saudi committee donates six million dollars for food aid to Palestinians

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia A Saudi Arabian relief organization donates US$6.32 million to help WFP provide food assistance to hundreds of thousands of impoverished Palestinians.
10 December 2004

Funding shortages force slash in food rations for displaced Azeris

Baku WFP said a shortage in funding is forcing it to cut desperately needed food rations to tens of thousands of impoverished Azeris displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict a decade ago.
8 December 2004

WFP aid for five million people ravaged by floods in Bangladesh

Dhaka - With the receding floodwaters in Bangladesh now revealing the full scale of the destruction in this South Asian nation, WFP announced today it is launching a year-long US$74 million operation to give food to five million people hardest hit by the disaster.


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