News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

8 August 2005

Agreement reached for release of hijacked food aid ship in Somalia

Nairobi - WFP announces an agreement with community leaders and Somalia\'s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) to allow the release of a hijacked ship, its 10-member crew and its cargo of WFP food aid within days.
6 August 2005

WFP lauds Bush-Blair aid to Africa; calls on G-8 to address hunger impact of AIDS

Rome - WFP heralds the announcement by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of a major push to save millions of people on the brink of famine in the Horn of Africa and the victims of humanitarian crises elsewhere in Africa. The announcement at the White House brings the United States\' funding for humanitarian emergencies in Africa to more than US$2 billion, and the United Kingdom\'s support to some US$300 million.
4 August 2005

As last food aid arrives, China progresses from recipient to donor

Chiwan Port, China - The arrival of the last shipment of WFP food aid to China marks a significant watershed in the campaign to end global hunger, the world\'s largest humanitarian agency declares.
4 August 2005

Shortage of funds forces WFP to cut food rations for over one million in Darfur

Khartoum - WFP says that for the first time since its major emergency operation for Darfur began, a drastic shortage of funds will force it to cut rations for more than one million people living in the western region of Darfur.
3 August 2005

Lessening the buden on women: WFP makes commitments a reality

Rome WFP has chosen the theme of "Lessening the Burden of Women" for this year\'s International Women\'s Day (IWD) as part of its worldwide effort to turn into reality its commitments to empower women and improve their lives.
2 August 2005

United Nations seeks nearly US$3 million to assist flood victims in Guyana

Guyana United Nations launches a Flash Appeal in response to the emergency humanitarian situation created by the floods that hit Guyana during the second week of January.
2 August 2005

WFP praises support from corporate partner TNT in tsunami relief effort

Colombo WFP in Sri Lanka pays tribute to the committed and unflagging support from corporate partner TNT in the food aid agency\'s relief effort for the country\'s hundreds of thousands of tsunami victims.
1 August 2005

WFP launches air hub for Asian tsunami crisis

Jakarta Concluding a four-day trip to Indonesia to see tsunami devastation at first hand, WFP Executive Director James Morris announces the establishment of a humanitarian air base in Malaysia dedicated to serving UN and other aid groups shipping relief supplies into Indonesia and other affected countries.

1 August 2005

WFP provides food aid for 750,000 people in Sri Lanka

Colombo During the visit to Sri Lanka of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, WFP announces that it had hit its target of dispatching enough food in Sri Lanka to help feed 750,000 people affected by the tsunami crisis.

29 July 2005

WFP to assist demobilized combatants in DR Congo

Kinshasa - To help bring peace to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, WFP announces that it will extend a vital operation to provide food rations to demobilized combatants and their families, as well as meeting the continuing needs of newly displaced people in the east.


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