8 November 2007

WFP Executive Director to visit Mali and Senegal - focus on "silent emergencies" in West African region

The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will visit west Africa 12-16 November, to highlight the need for renewed attention on the region's ‘silent emergencies’.
30 October 2007

First ever airdrops in Uganda only answer after floods dealt another blow to isolated displaced

When massive floods swept across Africa in September, WFP launched an unprecendented series of airdrops in Uganda to reach people who had been cut off. WFP spokesperson for Uganda Lydia Wamala reports on the displaced people who were already living in camps and who received another blow to re-starting their lives.
26 October 2007

WFP hopes that Darfur peace talks will halt road banditry

Attacks on convoys are always a big threat in Darfur and pose a serious risk to WFP during its Sudan operations. The humanitarian community is hoping peace talks in Libya which are set for 27th October will make it safer to provide assistance to the poor and hungry relying on their help.
22 October 2007

Guardian editorial: Drip-feeding Gaza

The food needs of Gaza's citizens are now at the mercy of political tensions between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and other militant groups. WFP spokesperson Kirstie Campbell looks at how food is no longer a right when you're more or less cut off from the outside world.
17 October 2007

Afghan women brave insecurity to go back to school

Thousands of Afghan women are defying potential threats to take their first steps in education. WFP Afghanistan spokesperson Jackie Dent reports on how WFP food is playing an important role in getting Afghan women out of the house and into the classroom.

17 October 2007

Detention of WFP staff member in Mogadishu

The United Nations World Food Programme calls for the immediate release of Mr. Idris Osman, WFP's officer-in-charge of our Mogadishu office, who was taken at gunpoint by the Somali National Security Service (NSS) after the storming of a UN compound in Mogadishu.
5 October 2007

Kaká and hunger essay winner part of the same team

From the streets of São Paolo to the bright lights of Milan's San Siro stadium, 9-year-old Nicole Ribeiro and WFP ambassador Kaká are a long way from home. Nicole visited WFP's Rome headquarters and met Kaká as her prize for winning a hunger essay competition.
2 October 2007

Journey down "Sheeran Street": WFP Executive Director discovers ancestral link to hunger

From her family's roots as subsistence farmers in 19th century Ireland to her work as head of the World Food Programme, Executive Director Josette Sheeran has come full circle -- as she discovered on a recent visit to the tiny hamlet of Slattamore in County Roscommon, Ireland.

1 October 2007

Fleeing Moghadishu to Somalia's shattered breadbasket

A downward spiral of violence, a poor harvest and economic problems spells a bleak future for the displaced in Jowhar. Peter Smerdon went to Kala camp and spoke to people who have fled the violence in Moghadishu.
28 September 2007

WFP welcomes vital USA assistance to crises in Africa, Asia and Latin America

WFP has welcomed US government contributions in September totaling US$110.7 million for the hungry poor in 11 countries from Latin America to Asia. Nearly half the resources were targeted to Sudan, home to WFP’s single-largest operation in the world.


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