News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.

24 November 2008

WFP Launches Virtual Wall To Build Online Movement Against Hunger

Rome, 24 November 2008 - WFP is today calling on all sectors of society: students, parents, the young, the old, celebrities, sport stars, and politicians, to fight world hunger by posting their picture on a virtual web wall and to make a donation towards free meals for some of the 59 million children around the world who go to school hungry.
19 November 2008

Sindicatum Carbon Capital Gives Major Donation to WFP for Rural Development in East Indonesia

Jakarta, 19 November 2008 - WFP today welcomed a significant donation from Sindicatum Carbon Capital of US$ 100,000 to support food-for-workprojects in East Indonesia.
30 October 2008

WFP to Provide Food to 20,000 People Displaced by Earthquake in Balochistan

WFP is to provide food assistance to nearly 20,000 people who lost homes and belongings in the earthquake that struck parts of Balochistan province on Wednesday.
28 October 2008

WFP to Assist Hurricane-affected Communities in Cuba

WFP is gearing up to assist 1.78 million Cubans affected by hurricanes Gustav and Ike, which pummeled the island in late August and early September.
22 October 2008

WFP Delivers Nutritional Boost for Somali Children

WFP is to begin delivering emergency supplies of a highly nutritious, peanut-based food to Somalia in a bid to combat the growing threat of severe malnutrition amongst children in the war-ravaged nation.
16 October 2008

Time’s up! WFP stops clock on Hungerbytes competition

Three university students have edged out fierce competition, including a professional filmmaker, to win the first-ever YouTube video contest on hunger, which has attracted more than half a million views from people all over the world.


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