News Releases

Official statements announcing key developments in WFP operations and activities.

3 July 2017

US$55 Million Needed For Life-Saving Assistance To DRC Refugees In Northern Angola

Pretoria – Thirteen UN agencies and NGOs are seeking US$55 million to continue helping the growing number of refugees arriving in Angola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Since April, some 31,000 refugees have arrived in Angola’s Lunda Norte province, fleeing violent attacks in the DRC’s Kasai region.
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.
2 September 2007

Floods wreak havoc in parts of southern Africa, thousands need help

Floods across southern Africa are wreaking havoc for tens of thousands of people caught by rising water that has washed away crops, homes and claimed the lives of dozens of people, WFP has said.
3 August 2007

Southern Africa braces for poor harvests

WFP has expressed deep concern over erratic weather patterns in southern Africa which have devastated harvest prospects for millions of people, and could spell yet another year of widespread food shortages.
15 February 2007

WFP starts helicopter rescue and food deliveries to victims of Mozambique floods

WFP has said a WFP-chartered helicopter had started rescue and food delivery missions in central Mozambique where the worst flooding in years has forced an estimated 85,000 people to flee their homes.
7 November 2006

Lack of funding threatens food aid in Angola

WFP has warned that its efforts to assist more than 700,000 Angolans – mostly young children and returning refugees – will come to a halt unless new donations are received by the end of July.
13 October 2006

After 30 years, WFP ends food aid to Angola

WFP has said that a lack of funding had prompted it to wind down all its food aid operations in Angola by the end of the year, after three decades of direct involvement in the country.
27 October 2005

Record hunger destabilises Africa

As the world focuses on a series of massive natural disasters and the spread of avian influenza, hunger in Africa has quietly climbed to an all-time high, threatening to destabilize much of the continent, warns James T. Morris, Executive Director of WFP.
19 September 2005

Bleak future for Angola's children

The children of Angola are paying a heavy price for under-funded humanitarian operations across the country, where high malnutrition rates and preventable diseases are taking their toll on the weakest, WFP has warned. ...


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