News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

21 April 2005

"Critical" malnutrition among children in Niger

Niamey - WFP warns that approximately 350,000 children under five years old in the West African state of Niger could be suffering from malnutrition according to the results of a survey published in the capital Niamey.
20 April 2005

WFP Executive Director congratulates new pope

Rome - The Executive Director of WFP has congratulated Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election as Pope Benedict XVI, saying it is a basic principle of every faith in the world to feed the hungry.
20 April 2005

Yahoo! to the rescue of new humanitarian video game

Rome - Internet giant Yahoo! has joined the group of hosting companies providing support to meet unexpected high demand for Food Force, the humanitarian video game launched last week by WFP.
19 April 2005

WFP starts emergency food aid to 150,000 drought victims in Cambodia

Phnom Penh - With an estimated 500,000 rural Cambodians struggling to cope with food shortages caused by a searing drought, WFP has started distributions of emergency rice rations to more than 150,000 vulnerable people, many of whom have not seen rain since November.
18 April 2005

WFP chief appeals for support to end child hunger in Central America

San Salvador - The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has called for continued support from the governments and the private sector in Central America to eradicate child hunger as the best way to overcome poverty in the region.
15 April 2005

Acute water shortages put nearly 250,000 more Eritreans at risk

Asmara In Eritrea, where five successive years of inadequate rainfall have led to two-thirds of the population relying almost entirely on food assistance for survival, WFP has responded to increasing needs by revising and extending its emergency operation.
14 April 2005

New contribution assures Japan's continued support to Tajikistan

Dushanbe - WFP welcomes a cash contribution of US$950,000 (JPY100 million) from the Japanese Government to assist vulnerable and food insecure households in Tajikistan.
14 April 2005

WFP launches 'Food Force' the first 'humanitarian' video game

Bologna, Italy A plane circles over a crisis zone. War. Drought. People are hungry. The aircraft goes into a steep climb before launching its first airdrop of food aid. A truck struggles up a muddy, treacherous road, and rebels loom. People are anxious, waiting and food is scarce. This is the virtual world of "Food Force". Not an action film, but the first humanitarian video game about global hunger unveiled today by WFP at the International Children\'s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy.
13 April 2005

Sydney 2000 Rowing Triumph: Britain's greatest Olympic rowers back together for The National Lottery Legends Sprint

London - Great Britain\'s most successful rowers are reuniting on the water to race together one last time, in a recreation of the historic "Redgrave 5th Gold" Sydney 2000 race, to raise money for children in areas affected by December\'s tsunami earthquake disaster.
10 April 2005

S. Africa donates to UN agencies for region's hungry

WFP and FAO welcome an extremely generous 140 million rand (US$21.5 million) contribution from the Republic of South Africa to the agencies’ operations in southern Africa.


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