News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

12 August 2004

Urgent funds needed to prevent ration cuts for refugees in Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - WFP warns that it would be forced to make a drastic cut in food rations for 118,000 refugees in camps in Ethiopia, unless donations of US$4.2 million are made urgently to provide enough food for at least the next six months.
10 August 2004

WFP Director Morris meets Mexico President Fox: urges fight against hemispheric hunger

During a meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox, WFP\'s Executive Director, James T. Morris, said Mexico\'s leadership is crucial in helping to solve the pressing social problems in Latin America and the world.
8 August 2004

WFP and Arab League sign historic agreement for cooperation

Cairo - WFP and the League of Arab States today signed their first Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation.The agreement underlines the common interests of the two organisations. In addition to exchanging information and expertise in different fields, both agencies will work together towards identifying problems and coordinating intervention relating to food insecurity and malnutrition, particularly among women and children.
30 July 2004

Japan steps in to help the hungry of Lesotho

Maseru WFP expresses gratitude to the Government of Japan for a large donation worth 5.7 million Loti (JPY100 million or US$890,000) which has been used to buy food aid in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
30 July 2004

WFP rushes to assist flood victims in Svaneti

Tbilisi WFP launches a two-month emergency operation on Sunday to assist 1,986 flood victims in Georgia\'s mountainous Svaneti.
28 July 2004

All-terrain trucks arrive to move more food to rain-soaked Darfur

Port Sudan The first 25 of a total of 120 specialised all-terrain 6X6 trucks have arrived by sea in Port Sudan to help in a WFP operation to deliver food by land and air to Darfur. As the rainy season lashes across an area the size of France, the situation is becoming increasingly desperate for hundreds of thousands of people trapped in camps.
28 July 2004

WFP brings crucial relief to snow-bound villages in Peru

Lima WFP begins giving emergency assistance to more than 17,000 people affected by severe food shortages in the Andean mountains of Peru after their livestock were killed and crops wiped out by the worst recorded frost and snow storms for 30 years.
20 July 2004

Food running out for thousands of Central African Republic Refugees in Chad

N\'djamena WFP warns that it would run out of food by the end of this month for 27,000 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) trapped in Chad, unless substantial contributions were made.
16 July 2004

Weather extremes wreak havoc in Nicaragua, Cuba and Peru

Panama City - As freak weather in the form of severe flooding, snow storms and drought takes it toll on the poor in three Latin American countries, the WFP is gearing up to respond to help protect the livelihoods of thousands of people.
15 July 2004

Libya opens humanitarian corridor for WFP food aid into Darfur and Chad

Tripoli/Rome In a landmark deal with WFP, the Libyan Government has joined the international community in helping to provide life-saving assistance to 1.2 million people displaced by conflict in western Sudan\'s Darfur region and some 175,000 who have fled to eastern Chad.