News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

10 October 2006

Food aid reaches more people in Darfur amid growing violence

WFP has announced that in September, food rations reached more than 158,000 people in Darfur, western Sudan, who have been cut off in recent months.
10 October 2006

World's leading humanitarian video game now in seven languages

This week, the world’s first humanitarian video game -- “Food Force” -- will be available in seven languages following the launch of French, Hungarian and Chinese versions.
8 October 2006

WFP paralysed in efforts to reach suffering people of south Lebanon

As food, fresh water and fuel stocks run dangerously low in war-torn Lebanon, WFP urges both sides to allow and facilitate desperately needed relief assistance through to hundreds of thousands of victims of the bitter conflict.
3 October 2006

WFP forced to cut rations for millions across Sudan

WFP has said that a critically slow response to appeals for its emergency operation in Sudan have forced it to cut rations of pulses, sugar and salt for up to 3.5 million people immediately, to help limited stocks last longer.
27 September 2006

Kenya rains reduce number needing food aid to nearly 3 million people

Rains have reduced the number of Kenyans in need of food aid because of drought to nearly 3 million people from 3.5 million, the Government of Kenya and WFP has said.
26 September 2006

Rising tide of Somali refugees strains food stocks in Kenya's camps

Somali refugees escaping the conflict between the Union of Islamic Courts and the Transitional Federal Government have pushed the number of refugees in Kenya to the highest level in a decade, threatening to exhaust food aid stocks unless urgent donations are made, WFP said today.
26 September 2006

WFP and UNICEF call on Congress: Help End Child Hunger Now

The Executive Director of the WFP, James Morris, has sounded a call to action to end child hunger, describing the plight of hundreds of millions of poor, malnourished children who die, or fail to develop properly, as “an affront to conscience”.
26 September 2006

WFP starts food airlift to children in eastern DRC, amid fears of funding crisis

WFP has recently started airlifting urgent food aid to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, even though it has not received any funding pledges for 2007.
19 September 2006

Saudi donation to assist destitute Gaza families

WFP has begun supplying Gaza with 2,050 metric tons of fortified wheat flour, valued at US$2.6 million, donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist 50,000 desperately impoverished Gazan families.
19 September 2006

Saudis step in to support WFP in neglected West Africa

WFP has welcomed a cash donation of US$10 million from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to its operations in West Africa, where many of the poorest people in the world are living under trying conditions.


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