News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

12 July 2005

NFLPA and WFP launch Food Force at NY School

WFP and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), are launching a contest in which young people from across the United States will compete for first prize in a video game contest.
12 July 2005

WFP welcomes EU donation to Algeria

WFP welcomes a US$3.3 million contribution from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid department to its operation in Algeria which currently assists 90,000 Western Saharan refugees.
10 July 2005

Malnutrition remains in Mauritania

Though food distributions are improving conditions for thousands of people across the West African nation of Mauritania, WFP calls for greater international assistance to address worrying levels of malnutrition, particularly in the south and south-east of the country.
7 July 2005

Southern Africa faces severe food shortages: millions of people need urgent humanitarian aid

Johannesburg - More than 10 million people will need humanitarian assistance in six countries across southern Africa over the coming year following yet another year of poor agricultural production caused by erratic weather together with late, and in some cases unaffordable inputs, such as fertilizer and seeds, two UN agencies and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) warn.
3 July 2005

Child malnutrition rates in North Korea fall, but U.N. agencies say more help is needed to build on gains

Beijing Malnutrition rates among children in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea have declined in the past two years but remain relatively high, according to a new survey. UN agencies announcing the findings say that substantial, well-targeted international assistance must be sustained to build on the gains.
30 June 2005

WFP chief warns Africa's food crises a threat to peace and security

United Nations, New York With one African in three malnourished, the prevalence of hunger is an accurate barometer for the level of social instability in the continent, warned WFP Executive Director James T. Morris.
30 June 2005

WFP renews partnership with Japan ad council on campagn worth over US$30 million

Yokohama WFP welcomes the extension of its partnership with the Japan Advertising Council, through its prestigious public service announcement (PSA) campaign for another year.
29 June 2005

WFP lauds landmark Chinese aid shipment for Sri Lankan tsunami victims

Qingdao Port, China - WFP hails the departure from China of a ship carrying 270 tonnes of canned fish for Sri Lankan victims of last December\'s devastating tsunami as another milestone in China\'s emergence as a multilateral aid donor.
28 June 2005

As refugees still flee into Kenya, WFP appeals for donations

Geneva- With refugee numbers in Kenya failing to decline despite steps toward peace in Somalia and Sudan, WFP appeals for US$6.7 million to feed nearly a quarter of a million refugees in two northern Kenya camps until the end of 2005.
24 June 2005

WFP welcomes US humanitarian donation to North Korea

Washington, DC - WFP welcomes an announcement by the US government that it would donate 50,000 metric tons of agricultural commodities to the hungry in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea.