News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

10 January 2009

WFP Launches Operation Lifeline Gaza to Get Food to the Hungry

WFP today responded to growing hunger needs in Gaza by launching Operation Lifeline Gaza, a global appeal to ramp up the distribution of food to people caught in the conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory.
9 January 2009

WFP Appeals for Rapid Expansion of Humanitarian Access to Gaza

The Executive Director of WFP, Josette Sheeran, today expressed deepening concern about the severe breakdown of food supplies and distributions in Gaza, and said the agency would scale up its operations to respond to urgent needs.
8 January 2009

WFP Welcomes Generous Donation From The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign

WFP today welcomed a US$4 million donation from “The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Campaign for the Relief of the Palestinian People in Gaza.” The donation will be used immediately to provide urgently needed food assistance to more than 265,000 civilians in the Gaza Strip.
6 January 2009

Gunmen Kill WFP Food Monitor in Southern Somalia

The Executive Director of WFP condemned the killing, today, by gunmen of one of the agency’s staff members in southern Somalia, and urged all parties to the worsening conflict there to protect humanitarian workers.
4 January 2009

WFP Launches Emergency Food Distributions to Families in Gaza

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is responding to growing humanitarian needs in Gaza by distributing bread to families in areas that have been badly hit by the recent upsurge in conflict.
23 December 2008

WFP Calls for Rescue Package for the World's Hungry

WFP has urged countries to step up and allocate to urgent hunger needs a fraction of what is proposed for financial rescue packages to address the global economic downturn.

10 December 2008

8.7 Million North Koreans Need Food Assistance

Rome, 8 December 2008 - Around 40 percent of the population of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an estimated 8.7 million people, mostly young children, pregnant and nursing women and the elderly, will urgently need food assistance because of an expected cereals deficit in the coming months, FAO and WFP said in a joint report today.
8 December 2008

WFP Launches Air Operation to Reach Thousands of Stranded Congolese

Kampala, 8 December 2008 - WFP today launched an air operation to deliver urgently required humanitarian supplies into the northeastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where thousands of people have been terrorised by one of Africa’s most notorious rebel groups.
8 December 2008

WFP: Cash Roll-Out To Help Hunger Hot Spots

As nearly one billion poor people worldwide struggle to survive the unrelenting global high food and fuel price crisis, WFP announced today the roll-out of a US$214 million package directed at 16 hunger hotspots.
25 November 2008

WFP Launches Winter Emergency Operation in Kyrgyzstan

WFP announced today that it is launching an emergency food operation to help 580,000 vulnerable people during the bitterly cold season in Kyrgyzstan – many of whom have felt the impact of a combination of high food prices and a fall in remittances from expatriates working abroad.


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