News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

1 June 2005

WFP appeals for US$ 256 million to feed 2 million hit by Asian Tsunami

Jakarta - WFP today announced a US$256 million appeal to provide food assistance over six months for two million people battered and traumatized by an earthquake and tsunami that washed out coastal villages and towns from Asia to Africa
31 May 2005

Global walk to end child hunger

Rome WFP and its partner TNT, global provider of express, logistics and mail services, are teaming up with a glittering array of well-known figures for a second consecutive year -- to show how one collective footstep can transform the lives of the world\'s poorest children.
31 May 2005

Saving lives "cool" as humanitarian video game surpasses one million players

Rome - Within six weeks of its launch, the game that few expected to be a smash hit has shown the international games market that a non-violent, educational video game about hunger is "cool" amongst kids.
27 May 2005

With rations running out for North Korea's hungry, WFP appeals for prompt donations

Seoul - A slump in donations for its emergency operation in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea will force WFP to halt vital distributions to almost all of its 3.8 million "core" beneficiaries over the next the two months, the United Nations agency warns.
26 May 2005

WFP forced to cut food aid in Burundi at critical stage of peace process

Bujumbura - A drastic shortage of funds will force WFP to begin to slash its food assistance to two million people in Burundi unless an additional US$23.4 million is received.
25 May 2005

UN calls for more action as southern Africa enters critical phase

Johannesburg - Three United Nations leaders call for the world to refocus its attention on the chronic problems and humanitarian needs of millions of people in southern Africa, especially children.
24 May 2005

HIV/AIDS and poor weather drive Zambians to the edge

Lusaka - HIV/AIDS and poor weather have combined to drive many Zambians already struggling to cope with chronic poverty, food insecurity and an ever increasing number of orphans to the limit, requiring a significant increase in international assistance over the year ahead, says James T. Morris, the UN Secretary General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
24 May 2005

WFP top official urges funding to avert disaster in Sudan

Paris/Rome - A top WFP official indicates that the crippling shortage of funds for the agency\'s operations in southern Sudan must be corrected urgently to avoid serious suffering for those who experienced famine in 1998 in Bahr El Ghazal, in which tens of thousands of people died.
19 May 2005

Caribbean delegates discuss ways of eradicating hunger

Panama At the request of the Government of Panama, WFP is supporting a two-day Regional Technical Consultation meeting to coordinate the agendas of the fight against hunger and malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean.
18 May 2005

UN Special Envoy returns to southern Africa as humanitarian needs escalate

Johannesburg - James T. Morris, the UN Secretary-General\'s Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, starts his fifth trip to the region as southern Africa moves into yet another year of immense humanitarian need.