News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

25 January 2005

American Red Cross Partnership with WFP to feed Tsunami Survivors

Washington January 25, 2005 — The American Red Cross announced a $50 million commitment to WFP, meeting the immediate needs of up to two million tsunami survivors through the provision and distribution of emergency food aid. This aid will be distributed in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Maldives - three of the hardest hit countries where hunger, particularly for vulnerable children, is already an existing problem due to poverty and civil conflict.
25 January 2005

WFP chief welcomes 'truly historic' private response to tsunami

The head of WFP pays tribute to the \'truly historic\' support from the private sector to the agency\'s emergency operations in the tsunami crisis, saying that without these generous donations, WFP would never have been able to hit its funding target so quickly.
20 January 2005

Better early warning could save millions of children's lives in disasters, says WFP chief in Kobe

Kobe "With exceptionally generous help from Japan and other donors, no child who survived the Asian tsunami should die from hunger. Children suffered most in this tsunami, but with better early warning systems, we can spare millions of them in future," said James T. Morris, WFP Executive Director in Kobe during his three-day visit to attend the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction.
18 January 2005

Indonesia needs long-term partners in rebuilding lives

Jakarta - "Indonesia\'s post-tsunami reconstruction effort will greatly benefit from long-term partnerships so that people can start rebuilding their homes, livelihoods, and the critical infrastructure needed to end the suffering of all those affected by the tsunami," Anthony Banbury, WFP Regional Director for Asia, said.
18 January 2005

UN agencies call for immediate action to achieve millennium goals

Rome Three Rome-based UN agencies today called for immediate action by developed and developing countries to ensure that the goals of the 2000 Millennium Summit are achieved.
17 January 2005

Mauritania urgently needs food aid after locusts and drought

Nouakchott WFP appeals for immediate food aid for 400,000 people in Mauritania, where locusts and drought have obliterated agricultural production -- the cornerstone of families\' survival here.
17 January 2005

WFP chief praises Malaysia for tsunami relief support

Kuala Lumpur WFP Executive Director, James Morris, pays tribute to the Government of Malaysia for its extraordinary support to the humanitarian response to the tsunami crisis, in particular for its partnership with WFP in creating the Humanitarian Air Hub at Subang air base in Kuala Lumpur.
17 January 2005

WFP welcomes US$60 million donation from Japan to fellow Asians

Yokohama WFP welcomes "the most generous" contribution from the Government of Japan to WFP\'s emergency operation to assist people affected by the tsunami. The donation of US$60 million, confirmed today, is the largest single contribution made by a donor country to WFP\'s US$256 million emergency appeal, which incorporates emergency food aid and logistics support for six months.
16 January 2005

WFP concerned about malnourished children in Sri Lanka

Colombo WFP Executive-Director James Morris warns that the tsunami crisis in Sri Lanka has clearly made a "bad situation worse" for vulnerable families and children, and he is particularly concerned about its effect on malnourished children.
13 January 2005

Urgent funds needed to support war-ravaged West Africa

Dakar WFP urges international donors to reinforce humanitarian support to 1.5 million West Africans as they work to rebuild their countries, still reeling from over a decade of war.