News release

18 August 2005

Brussels - WFP welcomes a cash donation of five million euros from Belgium which will allow the agency to provide urgently needed food to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Niger, Mali, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and Malawi.

6 August 2005

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.

26 May 2005

Bujumbura - A drastic shortage of funds will force WFP to begin to slash its food assistance to two million people in Burundi unless an additional US$23.4 million is received.

18 March 2005

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).

16 March 2005

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.

25 February 2005

Kigali WFP warns that it will have to cut rations by 30 percent in early March for 50,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwanda unless donors step forward with US$2.6 million.

16 June 2004

Bujumbura WFP is feeding thousands of refugees who have crossed into Burundi and Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of Congo to escape violence that temporarily paralysed WFP\'s aid operations in much of eastern DRC.

3 April 2004

Nairobi - WFP expresses concern that an upsurge in fighting over past weeks in parts of Burundi has prevented it from delivering food assistance to thousands of newly displaced people.

12 February 2004

Bujumbura- Supporting the reintegration of former rebels and troops into civilian life that is vital to Burundi\'s peace process, WFP today started providing food to 55,000 ex-combatants being demobilized at three centres in the war-torn country.