News release

22 June 2005

Dakar - In advance of the international donor countries meeting for the G8 at Gleneagles, Scotland, WFP warns that less than US$10 million could tilt the balance from despair to hope for the most vulnerable victims of the current food crisis in two of the world\'s poorest countries: Niger and Mali.

13 June 2005

Rome Africans have learned the grim lesson that it sometimes takes a natural or man-made catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions to highlight their plight. "What terrible things do we have to do to get the government\'s attention," says one man living in the war-torn province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

7 June 2005

Gleneagles - As the leaders of the most powerful nations in the world gather in Gleneagles for the G8 Summit, WFP is urging them to remember a simple fact: hunger and malnutrition are still the world\'s biggest killers, taking the lives of more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

8 May 2005

Rome - As donors scramble to respond to Niger's food crisis six months after WFP launched its original appeal, the agency urges the international community not to make the same mistake with other countries in the Sahel region, and Mali in particular.

21 April 2005

Niamey - WFP warns that approximately 350,000 children under five years old in the West African state of Niger could be suffering from malnutrition according to the results of a survey published in the capital Niamey.

8 April 2005

Ankara - WFP welcomes a cash donation of US$1.8 million from the Republic of Turkey which will go to assist the agency\'s operations in Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

22 March 2005

Dakar - WFP is appealing for US$10 million to ensure the double ravages of drought and a locust invasion do not combine to destroy the livelihoods of over 800,000 vulnerable people living in Mali and Niger.

8 March 2005

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.

21 December 2004

Rome In the wake of recent threats from Desert Locusts, FAO and WFP release the results of joint assessment missions to Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.