News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

18 July 2008

Somalia faces dire crossroads as insecurity and drought combine

Attacks on aid workers on the ground and threats to ships delivering food aid to Somalia are jeopardising the lives of millions who now need urgent food assistance, WFP said.
16 July 2008

Food needs rise in eastern Congo as violence continues

WFP warned today that greater numbers of people fleeing fighting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo were stretching the agency’s resources to the limit as thousands gather in camps in search of safety.
15 July 2008

Fifth WFP-contracted transport staff member killed in Somalia

Gunmen killed an agent for a WFP-contracted transport company amid growing insecurity in southern and central Somalia, WFP said. He was the fifth staff member of a WFP-contracted trucking company killed in Somalia this year.
9 July 2008

Attacks on food convoys plague Darfur operations

WFP says that relentless attacks on truck convoys in Darfur are pushing to the brink the agency’s ability to feed more than 3 million people each month.
5 July 2008

Food aid flights set off for cyclone-hit Myanmar

The World Food Programme today sent four aircraft loaded with critically needed food aid and other relief items for thousands of people struck by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.
4 July 2008

WFP calls for funds to curb more unrest in Haiti

WFP has reiterated its appeal to the international community for urgent funds to support its operations in Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest country, following the deaths of four people in two days of rioting over rising food prices.
3 July 2008

FreeRice internet game emerges as web phenomenon

The award-winning Internet word game FreeRice has revealed a surprising staying power as a web phenomenon and six months after its birth has now generated 21 billion grains of rice for the world’s hungry.
2 July 2008

Fill the cup: turning hunger into hope for milllions of children

A major international fundraising and awareness initiative to benefit millions of hungry school children worldwide was announced today by the world’s largest humanitarian agency – the United Nations World Food Programme.
1 July 2008

WFP food convoy leaves Nairobi for Kenya's Rift Valley

A convoy of WFP food leaves Nairobi for displaced people in Kenya’s Northern Rift Valley and more WFP food left the town of Eldoret for thousands of desperately hungry people in the western town of Kisumu.

30 June 2008

Agreement reached as first US ship arrives in DPRK with food aid

WFP announced an agreement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that paves the way for a rapid expansion of its food assistance to more than 5 million hungry people throughout the country.


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