News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

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.
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.