News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

2 August 2006

WFP resumes distributions in troubled Ivorian Coast town

WFP has resumed food distributions to around 13,000 refugees and internally displaced people in the Ivory Coast town of Guiglo, centre of violent protests against the UN last month.
30 July 2006

Insecurity forces WFP to cancel planned aid convoy to southern Lebanon

Amid intensified bombardment of roads and villages in southern Lebanon, WFP is forced to cancel a planned aid convoy to the southern Lebanese town of Marjayoun, after the Israeli Defence Forces declined to give their agreement to the shipment going ahead.
29 July 2006

WFP opens first crossing point for aid convoys into Lebanon

WFP has inaugurated the first land crossing point for regular humanitarian shipments into crisis-torn Lebanon, where an estimated one-fifth of the population has been displaced by continuing bombardments since hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah fighters erupted two weeks ago.
28 July 2006

WFP director warns funds running out for displaced in Azerbaijan

WFP Executive Director, James Morris, today stressed the need to draw attention to the devastating problems faced by the world’s displaced people, including those in Azerbaijan and now in Lebanon.
28 July 2006

WFP rushes more food assistance into southern Lebanon with one in five Lebanese now homeless

As the situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate, with one in five Lebanese homeless and hostilities continuing, WFP is racing against time to reach the besieged population in southern Lebanon with food aid.
26 July 2006

WFP dispatches first UN convoy to southern Lebanon

WFP today dispatched the first UN convoy with food and medical supplies from Beirut to the southern Lebanese port city of Tyre, one of the hardest hit areas now home to thousands of displaced people.

25 July 2006

Food aid urged for thousands fleeing havoc and hardship in eastern DRC

In the run-up to the long-awaited elections, violence persists in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes yet again.
24 July 2006

European Commission makes generous donation

WFP welcomes a 105 million euro donation by the European Commission for its global operations in 2006.
24 July 2006

WFP food reaches Lebanon as agency launches operations

Following the arrival on Sunday of WFP’s first shipment of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon, today the agency launched an emergency operation that will reach over 300,000 people, including 50,000 people who have fled across the border to Syria.

20 July 2006

China emerges as world's third largest food aid donor

In the same year it stopped receiving food aid from WFP, China emerged as the world’s third largest food aid donor in 2005, according to the latest annual Food Aid Monitor from INTERFAIS, the International Food Aid Information System.


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