News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

26 April 2005

Drought leaves two million Kenyans in need of food aid

Nairobi - WFP warns that two million Kenyans - particularly in the arid and semi-arid lands in the northern and eastern parts of the country - will need food assistance until August, despite a general improvement in weather conditions.
26 April 2005

Quick U.S. response allows WFP to cancel ration cut in Darfur but funding still critical

Khartoum - WFP has announced that thanks to a rapid donor response, the agency will not be forced to carry out expected ration cuts in May for close to two million people living in Sudan\'s western region of Darfur. The reprieve follows WFP\'s warning three weeks ago of impending ration cuts due to a lack of funds which remains a concern.
23 April 2005

As PM Koizumi visits Tsunami sites in Aceh, WFP chief hails Japan's 'exemplary' support

Banda Aceh - As Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tours this disaster-hit zone of Indonesia to observe Japan\'s humanitarian aid at work, WFP hails his country\'s generous support of the food aid agency\'s tsunami emergency operation.
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.


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