News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

23 June 2005

Six months after the tsunami, WFP shifts gear from emergency rescue to recovery

Bangkok - Having launched one of the most complex emergency operations in its history, during which it delivered food, medicine and even helped evacuate the injured, WFP has shifted focus to long-term recovery.
22 June 2005

"Spare change" would make a huge different to hungry in Niger & Mali

Dakar - In advance of the international donor countries meeting for the G8 at Gleneagles, Scotland, WFP warns that less than US$10 million could tilt the balance from despair to hope for the most vulnerable victims of the current food crisis in two of the world\'s poorest countries: Niger and Mali.
21 June 2005

New initiative for world's leading advertisers to fight global hunger

Cannes - The One Less Entry Movement, a non-profit organisation working in the advertising industry, has launched a new initiative aimed at persuading leading advertisers competing at this year\'s Lions International Advertising Festival to donate the equivalent of a single entry fee to the world\'s hungry
20 June 2005

WFP sending emergency aid to storm-hit Afghan province

Kabul - WFP is providing emergency food aid to devastated communities in Afghanistan\'s northeastern province Badakshan, where a hailstorm and heavy flooding have so far killed an estimated 29 people, injured 40 and destroyed over 1,000 homes.
17 June 2005

WFP seeks to feed more than half Darfur's population

Khartoum - WFP says that up to 3.5 million people or more than half the entire population of western Sudan\'s Darfur region will need food aid at the height of the annual "hunger season" from August through the month of October.
13 June 2005

"What terrible thing do we have to do to get the government's attention"

Rome Africans have learned the grim lesson that it sometimes takes a natural or man-made catastrophe of cataclysmic proportions to highlight their plight. "What terrible things do we have to do to get the government\'s attention," says one man living in the war-torn province of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
13 June 2005

Global walk is a giant step towards ending child hunger

Rome At least 200,000 people have taken part in a round-the-clock, round-the-world event in 269 cities and towns in 91 countries, raising awareness about child hunger across the globe and sufficient funds to feed more than 50,000 hungry children for a year.
11 June 2005

Tens of thousands still inaccessible a month after quake

One month after the earthquake that killed some 70,000 people and wrought havoc in northern Pakistan and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, tens of thousands of people in remote mountain areas cut off by road and inaccessible ...
11 June 2005

WFP Hunger Ambassador wins thrilling NYC Marathon

WFP warmly congratulates Paul Tergat, WFP’s Ambassador Against Hunger, on his huge win at the New York City Marathon.
7 June 2005

WFP urges global leaders to remember the hungry

Gleneagles - As the leaders of the most powerful nations in the world gather in Gleneagles for the G8 Summit, WFP is urging them to remember a simple fact: hunger and malnutrition are still the world\'s biggest killers, taking the lives of more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.