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Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.
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6 January 2008

WFP Executive Director visits Cyclone Nargis victims; Calls for greater support

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, completed a visit to cyclone-hit Myanmar this weekend with a call for robust support to WFP’s growing relief operation.
5 January 2008

WFP Chief welcomes President Bush statement on greater funding needed to address global food price rises

Following President Bush\'s call on Congress to step up with an additional US$ 770 million for food aid and development programmes, Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, has issued a statement.
4 January 2008

WFP Executive Director in Ethiopia and Kenya to highlight impact of soaring food prices

Amid international concern about soaring food and fuel costs, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Josette Sheeran, will visit Ethiopia from 1-2 April – a year after her inaugural visit in April 2007 – and Kenya from 2-3 April.
27 December 2007

Hunger in 2007: inspired help from a caring world

The year 2007 saw WFP - the world’s frontline hunger agency - battling against the effects of climate change, soaring food prices, and the needs of millions of hungry people across the world.
17 December 2007

Hunger Ambassador Kaka accepts World Player of the Year award

Brazil and AC Milan star Kaka, a WFP Ambassador Against Hunger, accepted the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year award today with a moving reminder to all sports fans that it takes more than pure talent to become the best soccer player in the world.
14 December 2007

Dominican Republic: WFP appeals for funds to assist storm victims

WFP appeals for urgent support to the Dominican Republic where for the second time in just over a month, a tropical storm has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in search of shelter and food.
13 December 2007

England cricketers team up with WFP to bowl out hunger

The fight to end child hunger will take centre stage at the Galle Cricket Ground on Saturday 15 December when senior members of the England cricket team turn out to raise awareness about the plight of the hundreds of millions of children around the world who know what it is like to go hungry.
13 December 2007

WFP and Royal Government of Cambodia agree on three-year food aid programme for 1.8 million vulnerable Cambodians

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announce the launch of a new three year programme for continuing food assistance for 1.8 million Cambodians at a Phnom Penh ceremony attended by the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Hun Sen.
13 December 2007

WFP chief calls for action to help poorest adapt to climate change

With the United Nations Climate Change Conference drawing to an end in Bali, Indonesia, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran, calls on governments and humanitarian organisations to take urgent steps to help people adapt to climate change to mitigate its effects on their lives and their children’s future.
12 December 2007

UN food agencies urge climate change action to avert hunger

Expressing their “deepest concern”, the three Rome-based UN Agencies – FAO, the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development – warned today that climate change is a major challenge to world food security and will increase hunger and malnutrition unless immediate action is taken.

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