World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  WFP relies entirely on voluntary contributions for its funding. Its principal donors are governments.  It also receives donations from the private sector and individuals.  The WFP get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.

WFP was born in 1962.  WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.  It works with its sister UN agencies in Rome, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.  Around 10,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.  WFP’s objectives are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, prepare for emergencies, restore and rebuild lives after emergencies, reduce chronic hunger and under-nutrition, and strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger

WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system.  Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security.  The policies governing the use of World Food Programme food aid is oriented towards the objective of eradicating hunger and poverty.  WFP use food aid to support economic and social development; meet refugee and other emergency food needs, and the associated logistics support; and promote world food security in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations and FAO.

The core policies and strategies that govern WFP activities are to provide food aid to save lives in refugee and other emergency situations; to improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable people at critical times in their lives; and to help build assets and promote the self-reliance of poor people and communities, particularly through labor-intensive works programmes.


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