News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

11 July 2006

WFP welcomes appointment of Josette Sheeran as Executive Director

After full consultation with WFP Executive Board at a special session attended by all its 36 members and most other member states, the President of the Board, Ambassador Mirza Qamar Beg of Pakistan, announced that the UN Secretary-General and FAO Director-General intend to appoint Josette Sheeran as WFP’s Executive Director, with the concurrence of the Board.
9 July 2006

WFP chief visits Lebanon - food needs being met as normal life slowly resumes

The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, who is currently visiting Lebanon, has travelled south to see for himself the impact of the war on a town badly damaged by bombing and to review the needs of the people as they rebuild their lives after nearly five weeks of conflict.
6 July 2006

WFP needs steady funding to bolster lives and peace in Sudan

WFP Executive Director James Morris has warned that a shortage of steady and timely funding for food aid to Sudan risks increasing malnutrition among millions of people and threatened pacts to end conflicts in the South and western region of Darfur.
6 July 2006

WFP to provide urgently needed food aid to 100,000 in Timor Leste

WFP will provide food aid to 100,000 people in Timor Leste over the next six months at a cost of US$5.2 million to help avert a humanitarian crisis caused by political unrest and violence.
4 July 2006

WFP airdrops food into embattled DRC province

WFP has said it has started dropping food aid from an aircraft into violence-wracked Katanga province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo – marking the agency’s first food aid airdrops outside Sudan since 1998.
3 July 2006

Involving men in creating a level playing field for women

WFP has chosen the theme of “Partnering with Men to Achieve Gender Equality” for this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), to stress the importance of the two sexes working together to improve women’s lives around the world.
2 July 2006

WFP forced to cut food aid to hungry poor in Armenia

As bitterly cold weather keeps its grip on the Caucasus region, WFP has warned that due to a lack of funding, it has run out of most food commodities for the 110,000 people it assists in Armenia. One woman told ...
28 June 2006

HIV/AIDS aggravates chronic hunger despite better harvests in Southern Africa

WFP has warned that despite better harvests across southern Africa, more than three million people will remain short of food because of chronic vulnerability caused by grinding poverty and the world’s highest rates of HIV/AIDS.
23 June 2006

WFP starts emergency food deliveries to Nepal

WFP has started transporting emergency food assistance to help communities in western Nepal hit by drought in an operation that is eventually expected to reach 225,000 people.
22 June 2006

More people than expected need food aid in Timor Leste

Tens of thousands of people displaced by the recent unrest in Timor Leste, both in the countryside as well as thousands who stayed at home in the capital, Dili, are in urgent need of food aid, according to assessments by WFP and its partners.


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