UN food agency appeals for $500 million to avert starvation in southern Africa

In a bid to stave off southern Africa's worst humanitarian crisis in a decade, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today launched a $500 million appeal to provide emergency food relief to millions of people in the region facing the prospect of starvation.

United States donation to World Food Programme arrives in southern Africa

The World Food Programme today (WFP) welcomed the arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, of a ship carrying 33,000 metric tons of maize, beans and vegetable oil donated by the United States to help feed millions facing hunger in southern Africa.

Acute funding shortages may hamper key operations, UN food agency warns

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is facing severe funding shortages that could hamper two of its largest operations – in Afghanistan and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the agency’s Executive Director warned today.

Food aid averts major famines, outgoing WFP chief tells Security Council

Despite the rising tide of emergencies, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been instrumental in putting an end to major famines, the head of the United Nations agency said today in a farewell address to the Security Council, which met to discuss food aid in the context of conflict settlement.

UN food agency seeks $56 million to help war-ravaged West African countries

Emerging from years of brutality and civil war, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone still require foreign help, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, appealing for $56 million to support the agency’s programmes in the three West African countries.

James T. Morris of US named to head UN World Food Programme

The United Nations announced today the appointment of James T. Morris of the United States, a corporate executive and former head of a major charitable organization, as Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP chief seeks funding help for Central Africa's struggling aid programmes

Although donors have given generously to victims of war and natural disaster in Central Africa, the international community must not to lose sight of the region's severely under-funded long-term development programmes, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.

WFP honors renowned economist with 'Food for Life' award

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced that a celebrated development economist, Professor Sir Hans Singer, has been chosen as this year's Food for Life Award recipient, in recognition of his lifelong fight against world hunger.

Relief distribution in southern Sudan disrupted by bombing raid, UN agency says

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today expressed grave concern over a series of bomb attacks in the southern Sudanese village of Mangayath in Bahr el Ghazal, where aid workers have been urgently assisting thousands of people seeking refuge from intense fighting in Raja town.