News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

16 March 2005

Food shortages in Burundi deepen as country embraces peace

Bujumbura - Following Burundi\'s recent vote for a new constitution to end more than ten years of conflict, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and WFP warn that two million Burundians will need emergency food aid this year, 40 percent more than last year.
16 March 2005

WFP assists drought hit Karamoja highest malnutrition in Uganda

Nairobi - WFP launches a six-month food relief operation to assist nearly 600,000 Ugandans suffering from drought in the northeastern region of Karamoja.
15 March 2005

"Black Eyed Peas" and Michelle Yeoh support brighter future for children after the tsunami

Banda Aceh Singer of the famed U.S. hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas and Malaysian movie star Michelle Yeoh visit Aceh to learn first-hand about the plight of children in this tsunami-devastated region and support WFP in its efforts to deliver food to survivors.
12 March 2005

WFP guarantees food for Kashmir quake survivors

The head of WFP says the agency can guarantee winter food supplies for hundreds of thousands of earthquake survivors in remote high-altitude villages in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
11 March 2005

Hijackings cut aid access to south Somalia, lives at risk

WFP warned today that a recent spate of ship hijackings off the coast of Somalia is restricting the delivery of urgently needed food assistance
11 March 2005

WFP deploys world's largest helicopter for Pakistan quake relief

WFP announces that an MI-26, the world’s largest helicopter, has started flying relief supplies into areas hit hardest by the 8 October earthquake,
8 March 2005

WFP's Niger appeal triples to help 2.5 million people facing extreme hunger

Rome - WFP is tripling its emergency appeal for Niger's escalating food crisis, warning the international community that more food aid would be needed to save 2.5 million people from extreme hunger and malnutrition.
4 March 2005

WFP chief expresses condolences on death of Pope John Paul II

Rome - WFP Executive Director James Morris pays tribute to Pope John Paul II, describing him as a great humanitarian with a huge capacity for compassion, who had provided inspiration for generations of faithful, irrespective of their religion.
3 March 2005

WFP moves into reconstruction phase of the tsunami disaster

Bangkok With the tsunami-struck countries in Asia moving into the reconstruction phase, WFP is launching a series of post-emergency humanitarian activities that will help hundreds of thousands of survivors return to a stable, productive and independent way of life.
2 March 2005

New Danish President of WFP Executive Board

Copenhagen- WFP\'s supervisory body, the WFP Executive Board, has appointed the Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN agencies in Rome, Poul Skytte Christoffersen, as its new Executive Board President.