News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

5 October 2007

May 13: Global walk to end child hunger

On Sunday, 13 May 2007, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide will walk together over a 24-hour period in each of the planet’s time zones, to deliver a message: child hunger has no place in this world and citizens across the globe can put an end to it.
4 October 2007

Josette Sheeran takes office as new Executive Director

Meeting with staff at WFP\'s Rome headquarters, the new Executive Director Josette Sheeran called for a renewed commitment to the world’s hungry poor.
28 September 2007

Democratic Republic of Congo: operational update

WFP is profiting from improved security conditions in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo to deliver vital food supplies to people forced from their homes by recent fighting and who until now have been beyond WFP’s reach. Concerns remain for those who are still cut off from humanitarian assistance.
28 September 2007

Mauritania - break in WFP food supply puts thousands at risk

WFP has warned that floods in Mauritania are putting greater pressure on its dwindling food supplies for 470,000 people who are among the most food insecure in West Africa.
28 September 2007

Myanmar: Restrictions on food movements hamper WFP operations

WFP expressed growing concern that the current unrest in Myanmar could impede efforts to feed some 500,000 people. As a result of the disturbances, the authorities have placed restrictions on the movement of food.
26 September 2007

WFP and UNICEF to provide relief to 5,000 displaced by violence in Nepal

WFP and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nepal will provide urgently needed humanitarian food aid and non-food items to 5,000 people displaced by communal violence across two districts in western Nepal.
26 September 2007

WFP seeks funds for flood operations across Africa

WFP teams in many countries across Africa are delivering food to people hit by floods across the continent that are the worst in decades in some places. But WFP urgently needs new contributions to cope with the crisis.
26 September 2007

WFP welcomes French offer to protect ships from Somali pirates

WFP has thanked France for its proposal to provide naval escorts to protect ships carrying food off the Horn of Africa from pirate attacks.
25 September 2007

Severe drought drastically reduces crop production in Moldova

Severe drought has drastically reduced crop yields in Moldova, driving up food prices and reducing access to food for poor households, according to a joint report issued today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and WFP.
24 September 2007

Small maize purchase for WFP - big boost for farmers in Lesotho

WFP completes a historic purchase by buying maize directly from a group of small-scale farmers in Lesotho, the first ever direct purchase in that country. The farmer produced a surplus despite the country’s worst drought in 30 years by using conservation farming techniques.


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