News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

31 January 2005

Food needs and new safety programme in Ethiopia

Rome Ethiopia is enjoying a bumper harvest from the 2004 main season now projected to be more than 24 percent above the previous year\'s revised estimate of 11.49 million tonnes and 21 percent above the average for the past five years, according to a joint UN report.

31 January 2005

Twickenham To Host IRB Tsunami Relief Match

London The International Rugby Board annunces that Twickenham in London will host the IRB Rugby Aid Match, \'Helping To Rebuild After The Tsunami\', on Saturday 5th March. Proceeds will go to IRB humanitarian partner, WFP.
28 January 2005

And the winner is WFP collects Euro one million from Dutch charity lottery

Amsterdam - WFP becomes a beneficiary of Euro 1 million (US$1.35 million), a donation unlike any other in its 40 year history - it virtually won the lottery.
28 January 2005

Call for action by WFP and TNT by World Economic Forum

Davos Speaking to a gathering of CEO\'s of leading international companies during the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland this evening, TNT CEO Peter Bakker and WFP Executive Director James Morris will make an urgent appeal for increased corporate involvement with humanitarian organisations.
27 January 2005

6.5 million of vulnerable North Koreans still in desperate need of food aid

Pyongyang WFP warns that in 2005 it needs 500,000 tonnes of commodities, valued at US$202 million, to assist 6.5 million particularly hungry North Koreans.
27 January 2005

WFP rushes food to assist victims of floods in Guyana

Ecuador WFP with the assistance of the Government of Ecuador is sending emergency food rations in a Hercules C-130 aircraft to assist victims of the recent floods in Guyana.
26 January 2005

Thievery Corporation to play DJ Set at tsunami fundraiser for WFP

Washington, DC Thievery Corporation, the Washington-based duo that mixes everything from jazz, to soul, to Brazilian dance and Indian music in an entrancing collage of sound, plays a benefit DJ set for WFP in Washington.
26 January 2005

WFP links up with Japanese businesses to wipe out child hunger

Yokohama "This truly generous support from Japan and other countries as well as private companies and individuals would not let any child survivor of the tsunami die from hunger," said WFP Deputy Executive Director, John Powell, on his official visit to Japan. "We would like to call for equally generous help to 300 million children who suffer daily from chronic hunger."
25 January 2005

American Red Cross Partnership with WFP to feed Tsunami Survivors

Washington January 25, 2005 — The American Red Cross announced a $50 million commitment to WFP, meeting the immediate needs of up to two million tsunami survivors through the provision and distribution of emergency food aid. This aid will be distributed in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Maldives - three of the hardest hit countries where hunger, particularly for vulnerable children, is already an existing problem due to poverty and civil conflict.
25 January 2005

WFP chief welcomes 'truly historic' private response to tsunami

The head of WFP pays tribute to the \'truly historic\' support from the private sector to the agency\'s emergency operations in the tsunami crisis, saying that without these generous donations, WFP would never have been able to hit its funding target so quickly.


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