United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) | Intermediate

What is the WFP?

Assisting almost 100 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.

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

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 more than 16 million children in 60 countries, often in the hardest-to-reach areas.

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 Effects of COVID-19 in Famine Stricken Countries

In 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, 135 million people experienced a “crisis” level and worse levels of acute food insecurity. A further 183 million are on the edge of “worrying” food security conditions. In other words, just one shock away from severe food insecurity. COVID-related issues and restrictions are pushing many more into crisis. As the pandemic progresses in food crisis contexts, food availability, as well as food access, could emerge as a serious concern in both rural and urban areas. As the situation evolves, there is a real concern about the growing risk of famine in some countries, potentially even several famines occurring simultaneously.

Country List

Arab Republic of Egypt, Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Germany, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federal Republic of Somalia, French Republic, Islamic State of Afghanistan, Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Norway, Kingdom of Spain, People's Republic of China, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Cuba, Republic of India, Republic of Sudan, Republic of Yemen, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States of America.

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