News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 March 2008

Three drivers of WFP-contracted trucks killed in Sudan

As the number of hijackings of trucks carrying food for the WFP nears 60 since the start of the year, WFP expressed deep sadness and shock at the killing of three drivers of WFP-contracted trucks in two separate incidents in Sudan.
25 March 2008

Top WFP official in Canada to highlight food price rise crisis

Following WFP’s extraordinary emergency appeal last week to world government leaders for critical funds to address soaring food and fuel prices, the agency’s Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, Sheila Sisulu, starts meetings today with Canadian officials.
14 March 2008

WFP urges continued support for Burundi refugees returning home

The World Food Programme has urged the international community to provide US$6 million so that WFP food assistance to as many as 90,000 Burundian refugees returning home from Tanzania – due to run out mid-year – can be maintained.
13 March 2008

'Not on our watch' donates to critical air operation in Darfur

The vital Humanitarian Air Service run by WFP in Darfur has received its first donation of 2008: US$500,000 from Not On Our Watch, the humanitarian and advocacy organisation founded by the Hollywood actors George Clooney, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, producer Jerry Weintraub and civil rights lawyer David Pressman.
10 March 2008

First food aid convoy reaches thousands displaced in northern Sri Lanka

WFP has dispatched a first convoy of food and other supplies for 200,000 displaced people in the LTTE-controlled area of Sri Lanka.
7 March 2008

WFP expands food assistance to Ethiopia in response to government's urgent appeal

WFP is expanding operations to reach 4.6 million people in Ethiopia with emergency food assistance, in response to the government’s urgent appeal for food and nutrition assistance to avoid hunger-related deaths in coming months.
3 March 2008

Drew Barrymore announces a US$1 million donation on "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Drew Barrymore, one of the world’s most recognised film stars, has announced a personal donation of US$1 million on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to help the World Food Programme (WFP) feed thousands of school children in Kenya.
1 March 2008

WFP to help feed one million displaced Iraqis

WFP announces the start of a US$126 million emergency operation to provide food assistance to more than one million displaced Iraqis who are unable to meet their basic food needs due to the continuing violence in Iraq.
22 February 2008

WFP to feed 200,000 vulnerable people affected by food emergency in Tajikistan

The United Nations World Food Programme said today it was appealing for an extra US$8.3 million to help feed hundreds of thousands of people in Tajikistan suffering from food shortages amid soaring food and fuel prices, in the coldest winter the country has seen for three decades and an unprecedented energy crisis.
18 February 2008

Emergency hub in Ecuador airlifts food to flood victims in Bolivia

The World Food Programme has airlifted a first tranche of emergency food assistance from its new humanitarian emergency hub in Ecuador to assist thousands of families affected by floods in Bolivia as a result of “La Niña” weather phenomenon.


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