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GLOBAL WARMING - "Climate change is increasing the frequency of climate-related disasters, creating greater risks of hunger and the breakdown of food systems. The World Food Programme is working with governments, international partners, researchers and local communities to analyse and understand the impacts of climate change. Through programmes, innovations, policy and technical support we are helping those most at risk to become climate resilient and food secure."



The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations and the world's largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security.


Where food assistance is provided to around 91.4 million people, compared to the looming international food crisis due to Climate Change, Water Crisis, Fossil Fuel Dependence and Land Use Change, this is a drop in the ocean where over a billion people are at longer term risk and the safety net that are our oceans are being poisoned.


From its headquarters in Rome and from more than 80 country offices around the world, the WFP works to help people who cannot produce or obtain enough food for themselves and their families. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and part of its executive committee.




"Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.


On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFPs unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.


WFPs efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 


In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response.


WFP development projects focus on nutrition, especially for mothers and children, addressing malnutrition from the earliest stages through programmes targeting the first 1,000 days from conception to a childs second birthday, and later through school meals.


WFP is the largest humanitarian organisation implementing school feeding programmes worldwide and has been doing so for over 50 years. Each year, WFP provides school meals to 18.3 million children across 65 countries, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.


WFP purchases 3 million metric tons of food every year. At least three quarters of it comes from developing countries. By buying food as close as possible to where it is needed, we can save time and money on transport costs, and help sustain local economies. Increasingly, WFP meets peoples food needs through cash-based transfers that allow the people we serve to choose and shop for their own food locally.


WFP also provides services to the entire humanitarian community, including passenger air transportation through the UN Humanitarian Air Service, which flies to more than 280 locations worldwide.


Funded entirely by voluntary donations, in 2017 WFP raised US$6 billion. WFP has more than 15,000 staff worldwide of whom over 90 percent are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance.


WFP is governed by a 36-member Executive Board. It works closely with its two Rome-based sister organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. WFP partners with more than 1,000 national and international NGOs to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger."







The WFP is governed by an executive board which consists of representatives from 36 member states. David Beasley is the current executive director, appointed jointly by the UN Secretary General and the director-general of the FAO for a five-year term. He heads the secretariat of the WFP. The European Union is a permanent observer in the WFP and, as a major donor, participates in the work of its executive board.

Its vision is a "world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life."

The WFP has a staff of about 15,000 people, the majority of whom work in remote areas. 

The WFP operations are funded by voluntary donations from governments of the world, corporations and private donors. The organization's administrative costs are only seven percent - one of the lowest and best among aid agencies. From 2008-2012, private voluntary donors donated around $500 million. In 2016, WFP received from donors in total US$ 5,933,529,247. The USA were the major donor of WFP with 2 billion US$, followed by the European Commission (894 million US$) and Germany (884 million US$).

Goals and strategies

The WFP strives to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal in mind of eliminating the need for food aid itself.

The objectives that the WFP hopes to achieve are to:

* "Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies"
* "Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies"
* "Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs"
* "Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger"
* "Zero Hunger in 2030"







"WFP works closely with national governments, UN partners and NGOs to inform the policies and programmes adopted to fight hunger in different circumstances. Economic, geospatial and household vulnerability data is analysed to provide a picture of the food security situation on which to base the design of WFPs operations.

WFPs food security analysts do a wide range of face-to-face assessments, including 'baseline' assessments (also known as Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analyses, or CFSVA) and emergency food security assessments (EFSA) in rapid and slow-onset emergencies such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and conflict situations. EFSA reports provide a snapshot of the food security situation and are updated on a regular basis.

Because food security assessments take time, they are complemented by ongoing monitoring to track changes in peoples food security situations, allowing for programmatic fine tuning. This includes gathering information on food consumption, household incomes, strategies to cope at difficult times and prices to identify how seasonality affects food security.

To collect food security data from places that are too remote or dangerous for face-to-face assessments, or when high-frequency data is needed to monitor an evolving situation, WFP resorts to mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping, or mVAM. This approach uses mobile technology such as SMS, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) or live calls to reach vulnerable populations and track food security trends in real-time. mVAM also uses an automated two-way communication system which gives people access to the latest information for free.

WFP also conducts food security assessments jointly with partners, such as governments, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), UNICEF, and international and national NGOs. One important platform where our food security data is used is the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC), a global multi-agency and multi-sectoral initiative that builds on technical consensus among partners."






Democratic Republic of the Congo emergency

Mozambique emergency

North Eastern Nigeria emergency

South Sudan emergency

Syria emergency

Yemen emergency


A Afghanistan Algeria Angola Armenia


B Bangladesh Benin Bhutan Bolivia (Plurinational State of) Burkina Faso Burundi


C Cambodia Cameroon Central African Republic Chad China Colombia Congo Cte d'Ivoire Cuba


D Democratic People's Republic of Korea Democratic Republic of the Congo Djibouti Dominican Republic


E Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Eswatini Ethiopia


G Gambia Ghana Guatemala Guinea Guinea-Bissau  


H Haiti Honduras


I India Indonesia Iran (Islamic Republic of) Iraq


J Jordan


K Kenya Kyrgyzstan


L Lao People's Democratic Republic Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya


M Madagascar Malawi Mali Mauritania Mozambique Myanmar


N Namibia Nepal Nicaragua Niger Nigeria


P Pakistan Peru Philippines


R Rwanda


S Sao Tome and Principe Senegal Sierra Leone Somalia South Sudan Sri Lanka State of Palestine Sudan Syrian Arab Republic


T Tajikistan Tanzania The Pacific Timor-Leste Togo Tunisia Turkey  


U Uganda


Y Yemen


Z Zambia Zimbabwe







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