News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

17 January 2005

WFP welcomes US$60 million donation from Japan to fellow Asians

Yokohama WFP welcomes "the most generous" contribution from the Government of Japan to WFP\'s emergency operation to assist people affected by the tsunami. The donation of US$60 million, confirmed today, is the largest single contribution made by a donor country to WFP\'s US$256 million emergency appeal, which incorporates emergency food aid and logistics support for six months.
16 January 2005

WFP concerned about malnourished children in Sri Lanka

Colombo WFP Executive-Director James Morris warns that the tsunami crisis in Sri Lanka has clearly made a "bad situation worse" for vulnerable families and children, and he is particularly concerned about its effect on malnourished children.
13 January 2005

Urgent funds needed to support war-ravaged West Africa

Dakar WFP urges international donors to reinforce humanitarian support to 1.5 million West Africans as they work to rebuild their countries, still reeling from over a decade of war.
13 January 2005

WFP looks to new EU member states to join battle against world hunger

Rome While countries worldwide are reacting with unprecedented generosity and support in the wake of a tsunami that left millions in Asia without food or shelter, WFP is calling on new European Union member states to join WFP in a campaign against world hunger especially among children during a two day meeting.
12 January 2005

WFP and Zimbabwe agree major food aid response

WFP welcomes the conclusion of an agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe on the delivery and distribution of food aid to millions of people in the country.
11 January 2005

WFP urges more funding to save lives in southern Africa

In a bid to boost contributions to its chronically under-funded operation in southern Africa, WFP has urged all countries, including traditional and non-traditional donors from the European Community as well as ...
8 January 2005

EU makes largest donation to WFP's new food aid project for poor Palestinians

Jerusalem The European Union has made the largest donation to WFP\'s new operation in the occupied Palestinian territory, giving €8 million (approx. US $10 million) to provide food assistance for almost half a million poor Palestinians.
6 January 2005

WFP launches map of global hunger for corporate partners

Capetown - With an eye to the business community, WFP, its partner TNT, the global provider of mail express and logistics services and Maplecroft, the Corporate Responsibility specialist, launch a Map of Global Hunger 2005, which shows how companies can engage in fighting hunger worldwide.
4 January 2005

WFP says attacks on food trucks in Darfur build a climate of fear

Khartoum - Shootings, attacks on drivers and thefts of WFP-contracted trucks carrying critically needed food aid are part of a rapidly deteriorating security situation in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The incidents are seriously threatening WFP\'s ability to assist millions of people -- at a time when needs are increasing daily.
2 January 2005

WFP speeds relief food to assist Madagascar's cyclone victims

Johannesburg WFP starts sending supplies of emergency rice to immediately assist thousands of people affected by Cyclone Ernest and the ensuing tropical storm that has struck south west Madagascar.


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