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ROME – One month after a devastating earthquake shattered the lives of millions in Haiti, the World Food Program (WFP) is partnering with the Haitian government to roll out an urgent early recovery strategy for the millions affected by the disaster by using food and cash to empower local populations to rebuild their lives.

ROME – United Nations World Food Program Executive Director Josette Sheeran today thanked the world for generosity and compassion for the people of Haiti, with donors -- ranging from governments to companies and even internet gamers -- raising almost $230 million in cash and donating valuable goods and services.

JUBA – The number of people in southern Sudan in need of food assistance has more than quadrupled from almost 1 million in 2009 to 4.3 million this year because of conflict and drought, UN food agencies and Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said today.

NEW YORK, NY; LOS ANGELES, CA; and LONDON, ENGLAND – “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” today announced that some of the biggest names in film, television, and music will be working the phones and taking donations from Los Angeles during tonight’s broadcast.   “Hope for Haiti Now” will air on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT. 

In five days, more than 300,000 Zynga game players purchased $1.5 million in virtual social goods to support relief efforts in Haiti. Through Zynga’s top four games, users from 47 countries donated to U.N. World Food Program (WFP) by buying limited edition items in FarmVille, FishVille, Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker. FarmVille users alone raised $1 million.

NEW YORK, NY; LOS ANGELES, CA; and LONDON, ENGLAND – “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” today announced its lineup of superstar musical performances.  The global telethon will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna in a newly added London location.  All musical performances will be available for purchase for $.99 per song through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by “Hope for Haiti Now” charities.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 80 million people in 75 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

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