News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

19 November 2007

WFP hails France for safely escorting first relief food ships to Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the safe arrival today of the first two ships carrying WFP food assistance to be escorted by a French naval vessel to Somalia, and urged other countries to step forward to help protect humanitarian assistance from pirate attacks.
23 October 2007

WFP Executive Director welcomes release of its officer in Mogadishu

Executive Director Josette Sheeran welcomes the release of Idris Osman, officer-in-charge of WFP’s office in Mogadishu, detained by authorities in the Somali capital since 17 October.
19 October 2007

WFP Executive Director sounds alarm at lack of security for humanitarian workers in Somalia and Sudan

World Food Programme Executive Director, Josette Sheeran, has condemned the continued detention of WFP staff member Idris Osman, who was seized by armed men on Wednesday.
16 October 2007

FAO insists on food as a human right: World Food Day theme seeks renewed commitment to the Right to Food

FAO has called for a renewed commitment to guarantee the right to food for the world's hundreds of millions of hungry people.

16 October 2007

UN Secretary-General stresses role of human rights in eradicating hunger in World Food Day message

Read UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon message to mark World Food Day, which this year promotes the Right to Food.
7 October 2007

Coordinated action urged: piracy threatens UN lifeline to Somalia

The heads of two United Nations agencies have made a joint call for concerted and coordinated international action to address the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships in waters off the coast of Somalia
26 September 2007

WFP welcomes French offer to protect ships from Somali pirates

WFP has thanked France for its proposal to provide naval escorts to protect ships carrying food off the Horn of Africa from pirate attacks.
28 August 2007

WFP needs US$22 million to secure food for 1.2 million in Somalia

WFP has increased the number of people it aims to feed in Somalia this year to 1.2 million and appealed for urgent contributions of US$22.4 million to avoid a looming break in food supplies.
5 August 2007

WFP starts food distributions in battle-scarred Mogadishu

WFP has said that the first distributions of WFP food assistance has started in Mogadishu to 16,000 residents and people returning to districts most heavily damaged by the worst fighting in the Somali capital in 16 years.
17 July 2007

WFP warns of food supply line break to Somalia as needs grow

WFP has appealed for urgent contributions to avoid breaks in its supply line of food assistance to Somalia because of forecasts of crop failure.


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