News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

30 March 2007

WFP trains experts for global disaster response

WFP has graduated the first class of emergency telecommunications team leaders after an intensive two-week training course – the inaugural session of a new programme for information and communications technology (ICT) managers who are now set for deployment to difficult and dangerous disaster zones.
28 March 2007

WFP concerned about food shortfall in DPRK; seeks to increase aid

WFP has announced that officials of the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) had indicated that the country faced a shortfall of one million metric tons of food, and expressed a new openness to receiving increased food assistance from WFP.
27 March 2007

WFP plans to stop feeding 53,000 people in Djibouti as funds run out

WFP has said that a critical shortage of funds has set in motion preparations to cease vital food aid rations to 53,000 people in Djibouti, where malnutrition rates among children under five are well over the international emergency threshold.
26 March 2007

New Latin American pop star foundation "Alas" and WFP join forces against child hunger

The Latin America Foundation for Solidarity Action (ALAS) – made up of leading Spanish-speaking pop stars including Shakira and Juanes – today signed an agreement with WFP to fight child hunger and malnutrition.
21 March 2007

New EU member States boost their support of WFP

WFP has hailed the increasing support and commitment of 12 new European Union Member States towards achieving the number one Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
20 March 2007

Agreement on child malnutrition is key step in fighting poverty, say IDB and WFP

The President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, and the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean of WFP, Pedro Medrano Rojas, has commended the IDB Governors for Central America and the Dominican Republic for committing to eradicating chronic child malnutrition in their respective countries.
20 March 2007

Norway boosts WFP response to Madagascar cyclones after another major storm

WFP has welcomed a donation of US$800,000 from the Norwegian Government to ensure that food assistance reaches tens of thousands of people hit by a series of cyclones and storms over the past three months – including the latest, Indlala, which struck the northeast last Thursday.
20 March 2007

WFP ramps up food aid for thousands fleeing conflict in eastern Sri Lanka

WFP is increasing its operations in Batticaloa District in eastern Sri Lanka to ensure that basic food supplies quickly reach persons forced out of their homes by recent intensified fighting.
16 March 2007

WFP forced to cut food for nearly 1.5 million war displaced in Uganda

Constrained by a critical lack of funds, WFP has said it would be forced from the beginning of April to cut by half food rations for nearly 1.5 million displaced people and refugees in Uganda.
15 March 2007

WFP chief: conquering hunger critical to future peace, prosperity

James T. Morris, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), told a US Senate hearing on food aid Thursday that conquering hunger was critical to achieving peace and prosperity in the future.


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