News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

17 May 2005

Food supplies for two million refugees threatened by lack of donor support

Geneva - WFP warns that its operations caring for 2.2 million refugees globally are increasingly under-funded, bringing hardship and suffering to hundreds of thousands of people.
17 May 2005

India helps WFP feed Afghan schoolchildren

Kabul - WFP has welcomed another major food shipment from India as part of its pledge to donate one million metric tons of wheat to help feed schoolchildren in Afghanistan.
17 May 2005

WFP chief awarded honorary degree by top American university

Notre Dame, Indiana - The Executive Director of WFP, James Morris, has received a Doctorate of Laws honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame that recognized years of "outstanding service to the world community".
12 May 2005

Piracy forces WFP to use convoys to Somalia

Following a plague of piracy off the Horn of Africa that has closed its usual supply lines by sea, WFP announces the arrival in southern Somalia of the first truck convoy carrying food aid in almost five years.
10 May 2005

Somalia: WFP welcomes return of hijacked ship and release of food aid cargo

WFP welcomes the safe arrival of a WFP-chartered ship and its crew at the Somali port of El Maan on the 100th day since it was hijacked by pirates ....
8 May 2005

Mindful of Niger, WFP warns of a potential food crisis in the Sahel

Rome - As donors scramble to respond to Niger's food crisis six months after WFP launched its original appeal, the agency urges the international community not to make the same mistake with other countries in the Sahel region, and Mali in particular.
8 May 2005

Myanmar must do more to help its hungry millions, says WFP

Bangkok - A senior United Nations official urges the Myanmar government to review and reform policies that impede humanitarian efforts to combat growing hunger and poverty.
7 May 2005

Japanese business giant ties up with WFP to mobilise support to end child hunger

Yokohama The Japanese Association for WFP (JAWFP) has announced that one of the most prominent and respected business leaders in Japan, Uichiro Niwa, Chairman of the Board, ITOCHU Corporation, is to become Chairman of the Executive Board of JAWFP.
5 May 2005

New operation provides WFP food aid to 550,000 Haitians

Port-au-Prince - For the next two years, 550,000 Haitians the vast majority of them women and children will be guaranteed at least one nutritious meal every day, provided by WFP.
4 May 2005

Lao government gives WFP top award for ground-breaking work with vulnerable poor

Bangkok - The Government of Laos has given WFP\'s outgoing representative in the Southeast Asian country its highest possible award for a foreigner in recognition of his efforts through the agency to assist the hungry poor in Laos over the past five years.