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20 Dec 2007 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 18 December 2007, WFP’s total needs to feed the 83 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2007 are estimated to be over US$3.4 billion. As 2007 is coming to an end, country offices are now pre-positioning for 2008 requirements.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

28 Aug 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has bought more than two million tons of food on local markets in Southern Africa in the last five years - the equivalent of providing 12 million hungry people with a full food basket for an entire year.

The food agency announced today that it has spent almost US$430 million since Southern Africa was first hit by recurring food crises in 2002.

26 Jul 2007 description

LUSAKA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today warmly welcomed its first ever contribution of food from the Zambian government, a donation of 10,000 metric tons of maize worth US$2.5 million that will allow hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Zambians to keep receiving crucial food assistance beyond September.

"WFP is extremely grateful for this very generous and very timely donation from the Zambian government, which will avert any immediate cuts to our assistance operations in Zambia," said David Stevenson, WFP Country Director in Zambia.

07 May 2007 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As of 23 April, WFP's total needs to feed more than 79 million people are estimated at US$3.3 billion. Taking into account donations of more than US$989 million, and carry over stocks, the organisation still has to raise more than US$1.8 billion in 2007 to assist its projected beneficiaries.

22 Mar 2007 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

08 Mar 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today 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.

Parts of Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia, have been struck by devastating floods which have destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of crops during the most critical growing stage.

In stark contrast, Lesotho, Namibia, southern Mozambique, and much of Swaziland and large swathes of …

27 Feb 2007 description

Lusaka, 27 February 2007 - WFP is preparing to cut the vital food aid rations it currently provides to around 500,000 of the most vulnerable people in Zambia over the coming weeks - because of a critical shortage of funds.

"WFP's resources are rapidly running out. In March or April we will be forced to stop distributing food to some of the most disadvantaged people in Zambia - such as orphans and patients undergoing treatment for AIDS," said David Stevenson, WFP's Country Director in Zambia.

09 Feb 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG - 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, the United Nations World Food Programme said today.

The worst flooding is in the central region of Mozambique. Persistent heavy rains in central and northern Mozambique and neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe over the last three weeks have flooded the Zambezi, Chire and Rivubue rivers in Tete, Manica, Sofala and Zambezia provinces.