News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.
17 December 2004

Hunger looms for thousands of refugees in Kenya, warns WFP

Nairobi WFP warns that thousands of refugees in Kenya will go hungry unless it receives immediate donations of cash or food commodities.
15 December 2004

EU Provides Long-Term Protection for WFP Lifeline to Somalia

Mombasa, 15 December 2008 - WFP today thanked the European Union for providing naval escorts to protect ships loaded with WFP food against piracy, saying the deployment was a longer-term solution that would help save lives in Somalia.

15 December 2004

Food distribution freeze looms over displaced Azerbaijanis

Baku WFP warnds that due to a nearly 50 percent shortfall in resources, food distribution for 140,000 Azerbaijanis displaced by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict a decade ago, will come to a complete halt starting January.
14 December 2004

China pledges more support for war on Global Hunger

Beijing The world\'s largest humanitarian agency and most populous country have celebrated a 25-year partnership with a landmark agreement to join efforts to combat global hunger.
14 December 2004

Christmas in DR Congo: food cuts imminent due to funding crisis

Kinshasa WFP warns that unless it receives new funds by New Year for the Democratic Republic of Congo, it will be forced to cut by 30 percent the number of people provided with life-saving food aid and reduce the remaining beneficiaries\' food rations by half.
14 December 2004

New Wyclef Jean music video: a song of hope and help for Haitian flood victims

Rome WFP releases a music video by Haitian singer/songwriter Wyclef Jean, who visited flood-stricken parts of Haiti in October, and whose new song ‘Gonaives\' seeks to raise awareness and support for thousands of people still recovering from the devastation.
13 December 2004

Italy's first commemorative Euro coin makes the cost of hunger count

Rome Italians were given a new way to count the cost of hunger on Monday when the Government dedicated its first commemorative Euro coin to WFP, as it began its fifth decade of delivering food aid to the world\'s hungry.


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