Internet auction raises double its target to help UN feed hungry children

An Internet charity auction of fine-dining items, ranging from dinner for two at top international restaurants to rare cookery books to regional baskets of unusual ingredients, has raised more than double its target in a ‘Menu for Hope’ project to help the United Nations feed hungry children in the developing world.

UN food agency enlists Blood Diamond film stars in war against hunger

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has enlisted two stars of the new film Blood Diamond, set against the backdrop of the devastating chaos and civil war that enveloped Sierra Leone in the 1990s, to help raise much-needed awareness of the hunger and poverty that stalk more than 850 million people around the world.

UN food agency teams up with Islamic relief group to boost aid for poor and hungry

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today signed an agreement with the international Islamic aid organization, Islamic Relief Worldwide, to increase cooperation on vital feeding programmes for the poor regardless of colour or creed, both for immediate emergency relief and longer-term initiatives.

UN food chief appeals to donor community to aid Saharan refugees in Algeria

The international community must not forget the plight of tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria who are still entirely dependent on external aid to survive, three decades after fleeing a territorial dispute with Morocco over Western Sahara, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said today.

England cricketers go out to bat for UN against world hunger

The England and Wales cricket team is now batting and bowling against global hunger in the latest partnership between sports players and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to draw attention to the plight of the 400 million chronically hungry children around the world.

New Executive Director appointed to head UN World Food Programme

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the head of the organization’s largest agricultural agency jointly appointed a new chief for the World Food Programme, officials announced at WFP’s headquarters in Rome today.

Funding shortfall edges millions of southern Africans into food crisis, UN agency warns

A massive $60-million funding shortfall is forcing food aid cuts to as many as 4.3 million people across southern Africa, particularly HIV/AIDS patients, who remain chronically vulnerable despite this year’s reportedly good harvests, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.

Huge funding shortfall forces UN to end feeding programme in Angola

A huge shortfall in funding is forcing the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to wind down all its operations to feed hundreds of thousands of Angolans by the end of the year, after three decades of direct involvement in the southern African country as it recovers from a disastrous civil war.

UN food agency sets up global rapid response hubs to rush in vital supplies in crises

Faced with a rising number of sometimes almost simultaneous emergencies, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new response network with strategic hubs in Africa, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America ready to transport life-saving supplies within 24 to 48 hours by air and sea.

Southern Africa: despite good harvests, UN needs $85.5 million to feed 3 million hungry

Despite better harvests across southern Africa, more than 3 million people will need over $85-million-worth of urgent international food aid this year because of grinding poverty and the highest rates of HIV/AIDS on earth, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.