News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

11 March 2010

WFP Welcomes Investigation Into its Food Assistance Operations in Somalia

ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said it would welcome an independent investigation into its food assistance operations in Somalia.  At the same time, the agency said it would not engage in any new work with three transport contractors named in a report from the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia, which alleged they were involved in arms-trading.

5 January 2010

WFP Statement on Situation in Southern Somalia

ROME -- Rising threats and attacks on humanitarian operations, as well as the imposition of a string of unacceptable demands from armed groups, have made it virtually impossible for the World Food Programme (WFP) to continue reaching up to one million people in need in southern Somalia.
Preventing Hunger
24 November 2009

South African Donation Helps WFP to Feed The Hungry in The Horn

JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of R3 million (US$400,000) from the Government of South Africa, which will help the agency to feed thousands of hungry families in the Horn of Africa region.
Preventing Hunger
19 November 2009

Spain Doubles Aid to WFP to Help Fight Hunger in Horn of Africa

ROME – Spain’s Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, today announced a donation of €75 million (US$112m) to the United Nations World Food Programme in response to the critical hunger situation in the Horn of Africa.
Responding to Emergencies
9 June 2009

Horn Of Africa Facing Another Year Of Hunger As Millions Battle For Survival

ROME -- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warned that millions of people in the Horn of Africa are once again facing a deadly mix of persistent drought, poor seasonal rains, conflict, and the cost of food ...
17 March 2009

Abducted UN Staff in Somalia Released Safely

This news release was issued by the Office of the United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia.
Responding to Emergencies
22 January 2009

WFP Demands Safety for Staff in South and Central Somalia

NAIROBI - WFP said today it was seeking a secure operating environment from all local administrations and armed groups in South and Central Somalia to allow the agency to continue providing life-saving assistance in the wake ...
6 January 2009

Gunmen Kill WFP Food Monitor in Southern Somalia

The Executive Director of WFP condemned the killing, today, by gunmen of one of the agency’s staff members in southern Somalia, and urged all parties to the worsening conflict there to protect humanitarian workers.
22 October 2008

WFP Delivers Nutritional Boost for Somali Children

WFP is to begin delivering emergency supplies of a highly nutritious, peanut-based food to Somalia in a bid to combat the growing threat of severe malnutrition amongst children in the war-ravaged nation.
25 September 2008

Canada saves lives by extending naval escorts to Somalia

WFP today welcomed the decision by Canada to extend its naval mission protecting ships carrying humanitarian aid to Somalia for a further month.


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