News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.
31 December 2004

WFP Chief Praises US and others for generosity in 2004; Appeals for urgent aid support to assist Tsunami victims

New York - At the end of a year marked by tragic humanitarian crises ranging from conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan to the carnage caused by a Tsunami in Asia, the head of WFP pays tribute to donors\' generosity but cautions that even more support is vital for the coming year.
28 December 2004

WFP fed record 2.85 million people in Uganda in 2004

Kampala WFP fed a record 2.85 million people in Uganda in 2004, thanks to the generous support of the international community. The biggest challenge was feeding some 1.9 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in misery and fear in the north of the country where the 18-year rebellion by the Lord\'s Resistance Army (LRA) continues to wreak havoc.
28 December 2004

WFP responds to Tsunami: First food aid for victims in Sri Lanka

Rome - WFP sends its first truckloads of relief food to 12 districts in Sri Lanka devastated by the massive tidal surges sweeping the Indian Ocean region. The 168 tonnes of commodities are part of a WFP stockpile in the country of more than 4,000 tonnes of rice, wheatflour, lentils and sugar -- enough to provide an emergency ration to 500,000 people for two weeks.
23 December 2004

Renowned photographer James Nachtwey helps focus attention on Darfur Crisis

Nairobi World renowned American photographer James Nachtwey and WFP join forces to focus more public concern on Darfur, western Sudan, where the world\'s worst humanitarian crisis continues unabated.
22 December 2004

Grim Christmas awaits millions of desperately hungry southern Africans

Johannesburg - Millions of people across southern Africa are again confronted by the grim prospect of not having enough to eat during the Christmas season and beyond because the WFP lacks the funding to ensure adequate food supplies.
21 December 2004

Media Advisory: FAO/WFP joint reports on crop and food situation in four West African countries following locust threat

Rome In the wake of recent threats from Desert Locusts, FAO and WFP release the results of joint assessment missions to Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

20 December 2004

WFP operations in Colombia hobbled as fresh violence terrifies population

Bogota As insecurity continues to rise in northern Colombia, increasing the number of internally displaced people, WFP appeals for US$1.2 million to cover the immediate needs of 350,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), civilian victims of years of military strife in the country.


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