News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

13 January 2005

WFP looks to new EU member states to join battle against world hunger

Rome While countries worldwide are reacting with unprecedented generosity and support in the wake of a tsunami that left millions in Asia without food or shelter, WFP is calling on new European Union member states to join WFP in a campaign against world hunger especially among children during a two day meeting.
12 January 2005

WFP and Zimbabwe agree major food aid response

WFP welcomes the conclusion of an agreement with the Government of Zimbabwe on the delivery and distribution of food aid to millions of people in the country.
11 January 2005

WFP urges more funding to save lives in southern Africa

In a bid to boost contributions to its chronically under-funded operation in southern Africa, WFP has urged all countries, including traditional and non-traditional donors from the European Community as well as ...
8 January 2005

EU makes largest donation to WFP's new food aid project for poor Palestinians

Jerusalem The European Union has made the largest donation to WFP\'s new operation in the occupied Palestinian territory, giving €8 million (approx. US $10 million) to provide food assistance for almost half a million poor Palestinians.
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.