World Food Programme (WFP)

World Food Programme (WFP)


Organisation Type: UN Agency

About Us

The World Food Programme (WFP) is a United Nations agency that aims to combat hunger and promote food security around the world. Established in 1961, WFP is the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security by providing food assistance to people in need, particularly in emergency situations such as natural disasters, conflict, and other crises.

WFP's main objectives include:

  1. Emergency relief: WFP provides lifesaving food assistance to people affected by emergencies, such as conflicts, natural disasters, and pandemics. This assistance can take various forms, including direct food distributions, cash transfers, or food vouchers.
  2. Nutritional support: WFP works to prevent and treat malnutrition, with a particular focus on vulnerable groups such as children, pregnant and nursing women, and people living with HIV/AIDS.
  3. School meals: WFP supports school feeding programs to improve nutrition and educational outcomes for children in food-insecure areas. These programs also help to increase school enrollment and attendance, particularly among girls.
  4. Resilience and livelihood support: WFP helps communities build resilience to shocks and stresses by implementing programs that promote sustainable livelihoods, such as climate-smart agriculture, smallholder farmer support, and disaster risk reduction initiatives.
  5. Capacity strengthening: WFP works with governments and other partners to strengthen their capacity to address hunger and food security challenges, providing technical assistance, policy support, and knowledge sharing.

WFP operates in more than 80 countries, reaching millions of people each year. The organization relies primarily on voluntary contributions from governments, private donors, and other partners to fund its operations. In 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.