News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

18 March 2005

Big new contribution proves Japan's growing leadership on Africa

Yokohama WFP welcomes an aid package of some JPY 1.954 billion (US$ 19 million) from the Japanese Government to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of natural disasters and poverty in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
17 March 2005

WFP alarmed at signs of serious food shortages in Sudan

Khartoum - WFP warns that many poor people in parts of Sudan may be short of food because of a poor cereal harvest and high prices of basic staples, so the total number in need of food aid could soon climb.
17 March 2005

WFP hails donation from Hungary for Sri Lanka tsunami survivors

Colombo - WFP welcomes a vital contribution of wheat flour from the Government of Hungary for the agency\'s tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka.
16 March 2005

Food shortages in Burundi deepen as country embraces peace

Bujumbura - Following Burundi\'s recent vote for a new constitution to end more than ten years of conflict, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and WFP warn that two million Burundians will need emergency food aid this year, 40 percent more than last year.
16 March 2005

WFP assists drought hit Karamoja highest malnutrition in Uganda

Nairobi - WFP launches a six-month food relief operation to assist nearly 600,000 Ugandans suffering from drought in the northeastern region of Karamoja.
15 March 2005

"Black Eyed Peas" and Michelle Yeoh support brighter future for children after the tsunami

Banda Aceh Singer of the famed U.S. hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and Malaysian movie star Michelle Yeoh visit Aceh to learn first-hand about the plight of children in this tsunami-devastated region and support WFP in its efforts to deliver food to survivors.
12 March 2005

WFP guarantees food for Kashmir quake survivors

The head of WFP says the agency can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
11 March 2005

Hijackings cut aid access to south Somalia, lives at risk

WFP warned today that a recent spate of ship hijackings off the coast of Somalia is restricting the delivery of urgently needed food assistance
11 March 2005

WFP deploys world's largest helicopter for Pakistan quake relief

WFP announces that an MI-26, the world’s largest helicopter, has started flying relief supplies into areas hit hardest by the 8 October earthquake,
8 March 2005

WFP's Niger appeal triples to help 2.5 million people facing extreme hunger

Rome - WFP is tripling its emergency appeal for Niger's escalating food crisis, warning the international community that more food aid would be needed to save 2.5 million people from extreme hunger and malnutrition.


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