News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

18 November 2004

Darfur crisis obscures growing food needs in Sudan's south

Nairobi WFP warns that while the attention of the media has focused heavily on the continuing humanitarian emergency in the Darfur region of western Sudan, the food outlook for southern Sudan in 2005 looks fairly bleak.

16 November 2004

Drought threatens thousands of families in Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras

Panama WFP launches an international appeal today for US$1 million to fund a six-month emergency food aid operation in Bolivia, where prolonged drought has seriously affected at least 41,000 people.
10 November 2004

Thai Princess agrees to appointment as WFP special ambassador for School Feeding

Rome - WFP today announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand\'s Royal Family will become WFP\'s Special Ambassador for School Feeding.
6 November 2004

WFP airlifts emergency food to Sudan for thousands of malnourished children

Rome - With a generous donation from its first and largest corporate partner - the global mail, express and logistics company TPG N.V. - WFP will transport high-energy biscuits to Sudan this weekend to help feed thousands of children caught up in the conflict-ridden Darfur region.
6 November 2004

WFP food aid reaches isolated flood victims in Haiti mountain district

WFP delivered food aid on June 11 to some of the most isolated villages in the mountainous Mapou district of south-eastern Haiti, for the first time since floods devastated the region two weeks ago, leaving thousands of people cut off and in desperate need of assistance.
5 November 2004

AIDS complicating battle against hunger, says WFP Executive Director

Washington, DC James Morris, WFP\'s Executive Director testifies before Congress on the growing hunger problem around the world and how it is exacerbated by the AIDS crisis.
2 November 2004

Growing insecurity hampers food delivery in Haiti

Port-Au-Prince, Haiti - WFP expresses concern over the excalating insecurity in Haiti which could affect the nutritional status of as many as 268,000 WFP beneficiaries if food aid deliveries to the north and northwest of the country do not resume within the coming week.
2 November 2004

WFP purchases olive oil to help ease hardship of Palestinian farmers

Rome - In an effort to address the dire socioeconomic conditions in the Palestinian Territories, WFP -- in collaboration with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture -- purchases 416 MT of olive oil, at a value of US$1.3 million, from 2600 Palestinian farmers.
29 October 2004

Largest single food aid shipment in years arrives in Eritrea

Asmara WFP announces that a ship carrying 61,200 metric tons of wheat from the United States is arriving in the Red Sea port of Massawa to help alleviate the suffering of some 600,000 people in drought-stricken Eritrea.
27 October 2004

WFP Chief appeals to Japanese corporate leaders to help fight rising global hunger

Yokohoma - The Executive Director of WFP, James T. Morris, today called for strong partnership between WFP and the business community in Japan to help put an end to global hunger.