News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 April 2007

WFP Executive Director arrives in Sudan on her first mission to Africa

On her first visit to Africa since taking the helm of the United Nations World Food Programme earlier this month, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran arrived today in Sudan for talks with the government and to see food assistance at work in the western region of Darfur and the South.
24 April 2007

Violent clashes bring new misery to Congolese civilians

Thousands of civilians have fled renewed fighting in the north eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo where WFP and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are working together to alleviate suffering among the local population.
24 April 2007

WFP air operation brings much needed aid to cyclone-hit Madagascar

WFP has said it had started flying desperately needed food and other humanitarian supplies by helicopter to 20,000 people in northwestern Madagascar isolated after one of the worst cyclone seasons in years.
24 April 2007

WFP Executive Director launches renewed partnership with African Union to fight hunger

The African Union and WFP today renewed their strategic partnership to fight hunger and enhance food security, education and emergency response across the continent of Africa.
23 April 2007

Russian wheat shipment will feed Sudan school children

WFP welcomes the arrival at Port Sudan of a US$2 million shipment of wheat from Russia to support the agency’s recovery and development operations in Sudan.
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.


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