UN food aid agency lauds record 2005 European contributions to fight hunger

With its latest donation of 4 million euros for Pakistan relief efforts, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest annual contribution – some 214 million euros – since 1992 to saving lives and feeding the hungry through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the agency said today.

After ‘year of disaster,’ donors must prepare for 2006: UN food aid official

Appealing to donors to prepare for the challenges of 2006, the head of the United Nations food aid agency today described this year as the most demanding the humanitarian aid world had faced since World War II, from the devastating Asian tsunami to the plague of locusts in Africa.

Representing UN agency, Princess Haya heads to Malawi to spotlight hunger

Acting as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan is headed to Malawi today to spotlight the food crisis in the country.

Guatemala: struggling to feed 300,000 people, UN agency faces funding shortfall

More than two months after Hurricane Stan struck Guatemala, and with only a few days left before Christmas, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a funding shortfall of more than $8 million as it rushes non-stop aid to more than 300,000 people threatened by a major food security crisis.

New York marathon winner Tergat is UN Ambassador Against Hunger

Yesterday’s New York marathon victor, Paul Tergat of Kenya, is not only the world's fastest man over 26 miles, but an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who credits his successful athletic career to the food he received from the agency as a child.

UN agency faces large shortfall in funds to feed Central American flood victims

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing a serious shortfall in funding in its efforts to feed 360,000 hungry Central Americans stricken by this month’s floods, mudslides and volcanic eruption in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Hijackers release UN-chartered food aid ship in Somalia

Hijackers have released a United Nations ship carrying food aid for 78,000 of the most vulnerable people in Somalia after seizing it on Wednesday while it was unloading in port.

Hijackers renege on deal to release UN food aid ship seized off Somali coast

Hijackers have reneged on an agreement to release a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) ship which they seized off the Somali coast three months ago while it was on its way to feed 28,000 tsunami survivors, and the Agency today declared all accords with the interim Government on the issue null and void.

UN food agency teams up with BBC in UK-Africa school twinning programme

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has joined forces with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to promote partnership and dialogue between hundreds of thousands of school children in Africa and Britain.

UN agencies appeal to donors for $400 million to end cuts in refugee rations

The United Nations' refugee agency and its food relief programme today appealed to donors to give generously to alleviate a combined $400 million in funding shortages for 2005 that are forcing them to cut back survival rations for refugees in camps across Africa.