News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

30 March 2005

Indonesia earthquake: WFP flies relief in, and wounded out

Jakarta - Less than 10 hours after the undersea earthquake struck off the western coast of Sumatra, WFP launched a major emergency response, using a dedicated fleet of aircraft to deliver emergency aid to the affected islands, while evacuating critically injured people.
26 March 2005

North Korea urgently needs more food aid, and fewer restrictions

Beijing - WFP will have to halt distributions to millions of hungry North Koreans within weeks unless fresh pledges are made soon, the agency warns, urging the Pyongyang government to facilitate vital donations by easing restrictions on the monitoring of aid.
25 March 2005

Three months after the tsunami, WFP delares hunger crisis averted

Bangkok Three months after the 26 December Indian Ocean tsunami, WFP declares that starvation and widespread malnutrition have been averted in the wake of one of history\'s worst natural disasters.
25 March 2005

WFP, World Bank to assist over one million pre-schoolers in Egypt

Washington DC In partnership with the World Bank, WFP signs an agreement to support its Early Childhood Education Enhancement Project (ECEEP). The US$108-million project is designed to increase access to more than one million children in kindergartens in 18 food-insecure governorates in Upper Egypt and North Sinai.
22 March 2005

Mali and Niger: Enough locusts "to bring Job to his knees"

Dakar - WFP is appealing for US$10 million to ensure the double ravages of drought and a locust invasion do not combine to destroy the livelihoods of over 800,000 vulnerable people living in Mali and Niger.
22 March 2005

Urgent WFP food aid to Afghans hit first by snow, then floods

Kabul - After weeks of hard work to provide food aid to Afghan communities cut off by snow, WFP is shifting gear to help Afghans facing floods created by melting snow and torrential rains, which have burst river banks, damaged roads and flooded villages in various parts of the country.
21 March 2005

In the wake of air hub closure and 'force of nature' benefit concert, WFP praises Malaysia for tsunami support

Kuala Lumpur - With the closure of the Humanitarian Air Hub at Subang air base this month, WFP pays tribute to the Government of Malaysia for its extraordinary support in the humanitarian response to the tsunami crisis.
18 March 2005

Big new contribution proves Japan's growing leadership on Africa

Yokohama WFP welcomes an aid package of some JPY 1.954 billion (US$ 19 million) from the Japanese Government to assist refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of natural disasters and poverty in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
17 March 2005

WFP alarmed at signs of serious food shortages in Sudan

Khartoum - WFP warns that many poor people in parts of Sudan may be short of food because of a poor cereal harvest and high prices of basic staples, so the total number in need of food aid could soon climb.
17 March 2005

WFP hails donation from Hungary for Sri Lanka tsunami survivors

Colombo - WFP welcomes a vital contribution of wheat flour from the Government of Hungary for the agency\'s tsunami relief operations in Sri Lanka.