News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

28 February 2005

Australian rugby star highlights impact of Asian tsunami crisis ahead of UK rugby match

London The former Australia rugby captain and WFP humanitarian partner, Nick Farr-Jones, arrives in Indonesia on the first day of a four-day mission to highlight the long-term challenges faced by communities whose livelihoods were devastated by the tsunami last year.
25 February 2005

Colin Farrell stars in TV spot highlighting global hunger

Rome The Irish film actor, Colin Farrell, has added his famous voice to the growing roster of Hollywood stars helping the WFP raise awareness and concern about global hunger.
25 February 2005

WFP says 50,000 Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda face ration cuts

Kigali WFP warns that it will have to cut rations by 30 percent in early March for 50,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees in Rwanda unless donors step forward with US$2.6 million.
24 February 2005

WFP striving to bring food by land and air to snowbound Afghans

Kabul WFP is battling snow to reach cold, hungry and isolated communities in Afghanistan\'s central Ghor province, where tens of thousands of impoverished people have been largely cut off from the outside world and are in urgent need of emergency assistance.
16 February 2005

U.S. football stars kick off campaign in Sri Lanka to help tsunami surivivors

Colombo Two leading U.S. professional football players, New York Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer and Kansas City Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson, kick off a four-day visit to tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka to work with WFP on its emergency operation to feed hungry families there.
14 February 2005

WFP: tsunami overshadows aid for Africa's hungry

Rome With 22 million people in Africa desperately short of food, WFP calls for the world to respond to the continent\'s hunger with the same commitment and compassion shown recently towards the survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami.
12 February 2005

Generous British donation to help feed Zimbabweans

WFP welcomes a 10 million British pound (Zim$1.23 trillion) cash donation from the UK Department for International Development which will be used to buy urgently needed food supplies for the people of Zimbabwe.
11 February 2005

WFP plea for food for 1.2 million people in Kenya

WFP reiterates its appeal for US$25 million to assist 1.2 million people in Kenya -- particularly the Northeast -- hit by critical food shortages.
8 February 2005

WFP mourns loss of Sudan's first vice president John Garang

Khartoum - WFP says it deeply regrets the death of the Republic of the Sudan\'s First Vice President John Garang de Mabior, killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday as he returned to southern Sudan from Uganda.
2 February 2005

NFL players to assist tsunami relief with WFP

Washington, DC Two of the NFL\'s leading football players, New York Giants\' quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Amani Toomer, are traveling to tsunami-ravaged Indonesia this month to help WFP in their work to feed hungry families there.