News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 April 2007

WFP Executive Director pledges ‘maximum positive impact’ on poor from food purchases on Africa visit

The new Executive Director of WFP, Josette Sheeran, has called on farmers, grain traders, and government officials to support WFP in developing “better models with food aid purchases” that can help poor farmers access markets and assist in solving chronic food insecurity.
19 April 2007

WFP supplies food aid to 42,000 displaced by Jolo fighting

WFP has said it will provide 85 metric tons of rice to assist more than 42,000 people displaced by recent conflict on the troubled island of Jolo in Sulu Province in the Philippines
19 April 2007

World marathon record holder dedicates London race to hungry children

Paul Tergat, the current world record holder is dedicating his participation in the Flora London Marathon to the plight of hungry children all over the world.
17 April 2007

WFP cuts food for 1.28 million displaced in northern Uganda

WFP said today that a shortage of contributions has forced it to cut food rations for 1.28 million people driven into camps from their homes during a 20-year rebellion by the Lord\'s Resistance Army.
17 April 2007

WFP warns of developing crisis in central Africa, endangering hundreds of thousands

WFP has appealed for increased international donor support to avert a deepening humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic, where hundreds of thousands of people displaced by war and civil conflict are in urgent need of food assistance.
12 April 2007

TNT & UPS support UN humanitarian hubs in Panama and Ghana

Two major logistics companies, UPS and TNT, have joined forces for a humanitarian cause by offering free warehousing facilities to the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD), run by the WFP in Ghana and Panama.
9 April 2007

Hurricane Felix: WFP readies emergency response

As Hurricane Felix prepared to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Central America, WFP has announced plans to deploy emergency teams and said it had sufficient regional food stocks to feed almost 600,000 people for one month.
6 April 2007

WFP Chief lays out vision for breaking the cycle of hunger

In a keynote speech to members of the Executive Board that oversees the work of WFP, the agency’s Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, today presented her strategic framework for WFP’s role in meeting the huge challenge of feeding the world’s hungry.
5 April 2007

Food Force humanitarian video game for children now in Finnish

WFP and Fida International, a Finnish international development agency today launched the Finnish version of “Food Force”, the world’s first video game about hunger which has been downloaded in various languages at least five million times.
5 April 2007

WFP joins Warner Bros. Pictures to hold first-ever screenings of the film Blood Diamond in Sierra Leone

WFP joins with Warner Bros. Pictures to hold a landmark series of screenings of the film Blood Diamond, which is set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped Sierra Leone in the 1990s. The screenings will take place in Freetown, Sierra Leone.


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