News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

15 March 2007

WFP chief: conquering hunger critical to future peace, prosperity

James T. Morris, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), told a US Senate hearing on food aid Thursday that conquering hunger was critical to achieving peace and prosperity in the future.
14 March 2007

Over one million Yemenis to benefit from new WFP project

The Government of Yemen and WFP represented by Mohamed El-Kouhene sign a Country Programme Action Plan for the period 2007-2011. The Programme will benefit one million Yemenis by helping to reduce poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition as well as narrowing the gender gap in education.
13 March 2007

WFP to assist poorest Iraqi refugees fleeing into Syria

WFP has appealed for donations for a new operation to provide food assistance for tens of thousands of the poorest Iraqi refugees who are now in Syria after fleeing escalating violence in their own country.
12 March 2007

DJ BoBo calls for fans to fight hunger during "Vampires Alive" tour

As Swiss pop star DJ BoBo launches his “Vampires Alive” tour at Europapark in Rust, Germany today, he will call on fans to help bring real change to the lives of the world’s hungry.
12 March 2007

WFP food provides daily meals to Moghadishu's hungry -- first time in 15 years

WFP and a Somali partner have started giving daily meals to tens of thousands of desperately hungry people in the capital Mogadishu -- the agency’s first ‘wet feeding’ in Somalia since the 1993 humanitarian emergency.
12 March 2007

WFP urges more support for vulnerable Iraqis in Syria

The United Nations World Food Programme today announced that it will scale up efforts to provide basic food assistance to the most vulnerable Iraqi refugees in Syria and called on the international community to support its growing operation there.
8 March 2007

WFP launches international appeal for 60,000 flood victims in Nepal

WFP in Nepal has initiated an emergency humanitarian response to provide an estimated 60,000 flood-affected people with food aid for up to three months.
7 March 2007

UN seeks funds to combat child malnutrition crisis in Kenya camps

Three United Nations agencies urge donors to support an appeal for a full package of assistance to cut malnutrition rates at crisis levels among children under five in refugee camps in Kenya. They warn that a host of problems linked with persistently high malnutrition had to be tackled now to save lives.
6 March 2007

Study finds child hunger costs Central America billions of dollars every year

A new study finds that child undernutrition in Central America and the Dominican Republic in 2004 alone cost those economies US$6.7 billion – or 6.4 percent of the region’s entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – a burden that severely undermines international and national efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty.
5 March 2007

WFP cranks up effort to aid first wave of those who fled Mogadishu

WFP today said it was stepping up a drive to deliver food to almost 100,000 of the 365,000 people driven from their homes in Mogadishu by the worst fighting in 16 years. WFP expects the number could quickly rise to as many as 150,000.


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