News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

24 February 2004

Increasing need of food aid in Haiti as the security situation worsens

Port-au-Prince - Amid rapidly deteriorating security across Haiti, a crowd of looters has ransacked a WFP warehouse in the northern city of Cap Haitien, with the loss of 800 metric tons of food, mostly vegetable oil and pulses.
20 February 2004

Funding crisis forces WFP to reduce food rations for thousands of refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP announces that it has been forced to reduce the amount of food distributed to refugees in Ethiopia due to lack of funding. The 126,000 refugees will only receive 70 percent of the food considered adequate for a healthy diet.
19 February 2004

WFP Head: Terrorists recruit from the poor and hungry

Canberra - Making his first official visit to Australia, the head of WFP called for increased international food aid as one of the most effective ways to alleviate the poverty and hunger that can breed terrorism and conflict.
17 February 2004

WFP airlifts food aid into Darfur

Nairobi - In a move to alleviate the suffering of tens of thousands of people displaced by the conflict in North Darfur, WFP has begun an airlift yesterday of some 500 metric tonnes of sorghum.
13 February 2004

WFP airlift supplies to refugges in Chad

N\'Djamena - WFP is to send an emergency airlift carrying critical relief supplies to Chad, where tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees are in need of assistance.
13 February 2004

WFP Head meets with NZ Pm, welcome donations to North Korea

Auckland - WFP Executive Director James Morris warmly welcomes a NZ$370,000 (US$250,000) donation by New Zealand to the cash-strapped WFP emergency operation in North Korea, which was announced as he began his first official visit to the country.
12 February 2004

WFP appeals for funds for demining and road repairs in South Sudan

Nairobi -WFP today appealed for urgent funding for road repairs and demining of key transport routes in southern Sudan to help people return after decades of war, and connect the region to northern Sudan and neighbouring countries.
12 February 2004

WFP feeds demobilized former fighters in Burundi

Bujumbura- Supporting the reintegration of former rebels and troops into civilian life that is vital to Burundi\'s peace process, WFP today started providing food to 55,000 ex-combatants being demobilized at three centres in the war-torn country.
8 February 2004

WFP air drops food into remote parts of Sudan's West Darfur

Fur Buranga, West Darfur WFP begins air drops of food into the most inaccessible parts of western Sudan\'s violence-ravaged Darfur region. The food assistance will reach more than 70,000 displaced people and local residents who have been cut off from aid because of the rainy season and insecurity.
8 February 2004

WFP hails arrival of Russian wheat shipment for North Korea's hungry

Pyongyang WFP welcomes the arrival of a major shipment of Russian food aid that will help support millions of malnourished children and women in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea over the coming weeks. The donation is the largest part of an $11 million dollar contribution by Russia, it\'s first ever through WFP.


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